George Snider died suddenly at Cape Cod Hospital on July 9th. Born in Boston in 1933, he attended Boston College High School and Boston College. He ran in the Boston Marathon for 3 years during the 1970s and he enjoyed summering in Chatham with his family since 1965. In Montreal, he enjoyed coaching his children’s teams in baseball, softball and hockey.
He was the second- ever graduate from BC to be accepted to the Harvard Classics Department, where he earned his MA and PhD degrees. For thirty years he was a professor at McGill University, serving two terms as Chair of the Classics Department. Upon retiring from McGill, he spent a number of years teaching at high schools in Virginia, Falmouth and Sandwich. He became an active member of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association, the Chatham Democratic Party and the Chatham Committee for the Disabled.
With a strong interest in languages, history and genealogy, he was an accomplished poet and an active member of the German Special Interest Group of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.
Despite a diagnosis of advanced macular degeneration, he was able to continue his passion for life-long learning thanks to help from the Mass Institute for the Blind and the Perkins Institute.
His son, George Snider III, predeceased him in 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, his sisters Ruth and Virginia, his son Tom, his daughter Katherine (George Schwimmer) and his grandchildren Madeleine, Ben, Tobey and Riley.
Visiting hours will be from 5p-7p on Monday, August 12th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Rd, Chatham. A memorial Mass will be held at 10a on Tuesday, August 13th at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Chatham.
Donations can be made in his honor to Perkins School for the Blind www.perkins.org or 617-972-7328 or Good+Foundation, 306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10023 or goodplusfoundation.org.