portrait picture for Gerald H. Snider

Services: A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 19th at 11am at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Street, Norwalk, CT. Donations: In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to: Smilow Cancer Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

Gerald H. Snider


January 8, 1933 - August 14, 2012

Gerald H. Snider, 79, husband of 47 years to the late Rita Snider of Norwalk, CT passed away Tuesday after a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 8, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Edith Snider.

After obtaining a Masters Degree in Physics, Gerry began  his career working as a new product design engineer for several firms –most notably GE where he holds a patent for his design on a hair dryer accessory. He then changed careers and worked in business forms sales which ultimately led to the creation of his own business GRI, Inc. A resident of Norwalk for 47 years, he was very involved in community service. He was a frequent contributor to several charities and gave selflessly of his time especially as President of the Norwalk chapter of Kiwanis. Gerry enjoyed playing tennis and was a very accomplished builder of ship models and HO trains.  His love of listening to classical music coupled with his engineering skills, developed into a hobby of building and tinkering with his Hi-Fi stereos.

He is survived by his son Brian and his wife Mary of Trumbull, CT, his son Stephen and wife Kelly of Cave Creek, AZ, his cherished grandchildren Ashley and Joe Snider of Trumbull, and Samantha and Ben Snider of Cave Creek, AZ, and a brother Alan of Clifton, NJ.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 19th at 11am at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Street, Norwalk, CT.   In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to: Smilow Cancer Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

  1. I remember spending time with the Sniders on my visit to their CT home with Steve approximately 30 years ago. We toured CT, and saw some of the most beautiful landscape, and most scenic countryside . We visited the local no name breakfast restaurants (near the garmet district) that were known for the best breakfasts and social get togethers, etc. But, most of all I do remember my conversations with Steve’s father who shared with me his innovative and creative thoughts with business and problem solving. I remember him telling me once you find (or search for) a problem in life you can make a career coming up with solutions to these problems. Something that made a lot of sense as I progressed thru a career. I enjoyed listening about his trains, and model ships, etc. He was extremely responsive to questions, and excited to answer thru demonstations and visual. And, I always thought how great life could be when you could carve out time to do hobbies (you really enjoy) in addition to a building a career. I think we visited CT the time Steve was starting his specialized medical labels and I always thought he was fortunate to have a great mentor and leader (his father) to help coach him with the ups and downs of life, business, and everything else that comes across in life. Our Sympathies. The Kaufman Family

    August 18, 2012
    Len, Jeanine, Alexa and Max Kaufman -
  • The Kiwanis Club of Norwalk has a very long and rich tradition of service to the Greater Norwalk area. Since 1920 men and women have given of their time selflessly for the benefit of the community. Gerry Snider was one of those great leaders. He gave of himself generously and without a second thought. For many years Gerry contributed with his time, energy and talents to the club and for that we will be forever greatful. To the family he leaves behind my the blessings of God be with you in your time of sorrow. Please know that those of us who are old enough will always remember Gerry as one of our “building blocks” here in Norwalk Kiwanis.

    August 20, 2012
    Stephen T. Hill, Past President, Kiwanis Club of Norwalk -
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