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Obituary for Paul Snyder

Paul  Snyder
South Glens Falls

November 8, 1955 – October 29, 2018

South Glens Falls – Paul A. Snyder, 62 of South Glens Falls, died Monday October 29, 2018 at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in Hornell, NY on November 8, 1955, he was the son of Norman and Pauline (Pomainville) Snyder. Having lost his father at 8 months old, his mother married John Donahue in 1963, and John raised him as his own.

On July 16, 1988 Paul married his best friend and the love of his life, Jayne Potter. They shared their lives together for over 30 years, raising 2 beautiful children. Blake, 23 and Brooke, 20. They enjoyed all life had to offer, making family their number one priority.

Paul was a graduate of South High and Adirondack Community College. He was an outstanding soccer player at both schools and his love of the game led him to a life of coaching and influencing a generation of young people, not only to become better players but better people. Paul coached all levels of soccer for the boys and girls programs at South High including the boys varsity. He also spent time coaching for Lake Luzerne boys varsity, Adirondack Community College men’s team, and coached both his children in the Moreau Recreation Soccer program as well as the South Glens Falls Soccer Club. Paul also spent time coaching Brooke in softball, first with the Adirondack X-treme and then the Adirondack Shock. He also served on the SGF Soccer Club Board and he created the Adirondack Amateur Soccer League with his long time friend, Paul Trombley. In addition to his commitment to coaching, he was an avid sports fan of the Red Sox, Raiders, Manchester United and especially his beloved Notre Dame.

Paul was employed by North Country Janitorial in Glens Falls from 1974-2013. He began as a part-time employee and worked his way up to Vice President of Operations.

In addition to his wife and children, Paul is survived by his puppy and loyal companion Bella; three siblings, Michael Donahue, his wife Kathy and their children Kristina and Jonathan; Laurie Wetsel and her husband Scott; Mark Donahue and his partner Joseph Schwerman. Also, his mother-in-law Honey Potter, and his brothers and sister by marriage, Connie O’Brien and her husband Bill and their children Michael Polidore, Dane Polidore and his wife Rachel, Erin Kurz and her husband Bill, Christopher O’Brien and his wife Christie, Shannon O’Brien and her boyfriend Joe, and Katie O’Brien and her boyfriend Austin; Ed Potter and his wife Sue and their sons Ryan Potter and his girlfriend Regina, Adam Potter and his wife Lindsay; Bryan Potter; Bruce Potter and his wife Rebecca and their sons Jaxen and Landon; and his son Blake’s girlfriend Michaela Perry. Paul is predeceased by his parents and father-in-law, Edward Potter, Jr.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home 136 Main St., South Glens Falls.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at St. Michael's Church, South Glens Falls with the Rev. Guy A. Childs, officiating.

Rite of Committal will be held following the Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery, South Glens Falls.

The entire Snyder family was embraced by our community providing support to them during this very difficult time. In honor of Paul, a charity has been created to continue his legacy. Strength in Numbers is a 501c3 organization created to provide financial assistance to children and families of those suffering to provide expense relief, or gifts of joy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those interested please make donations payable to Strength in Numbers and deposited at any Glens Falls National Bank location.

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