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Paul A. Snyder

Paul  A. Snyder

Paul A. Snyder

Paul Snyder was a soccer standout for Coach Larry Smith at South High, and went on to become a successful and respected coach who had a positive influence on hundreds of local players. A 1973 graduate, he played soccer and baseball for the Bulldogs, and went on to star in soccer at Adirondack Community College.

His family says, “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.”

He coached at Hadley-Luzerne, ACC and South High, and coached both of his children, Brooke and Blake, in the Moreau Recreation soccer program and the South Glens Falls Soccer Club. He also coached Brooke in softball, first with the Adirondack X-treme and then the Adirondack Shock.

Paul also served on the South Glens Falls Soccer Club Board of Directors, and created the Adirondack Amateur Soccer League with his longtime friend, Paul Trombley.

He started working part-time at North Country Janitorial in 1974, and worked his way up to Vice President of Operations before retiring in 2013. His wife of 30 years, Jayne Potter Snyder, said, “He loved that job. It was a great fit, and the Montesi family was so great to him.”

Jayne described her husband as “kind and even-tempered. He saw the best in everything and in everyone. He was the most positive person I’ve ever known.”

Despite fighting cancer for the last 10 years of his life, Jayne said, “He never acted like he had cancer, and never let it affect his life. He always said, ‘You can’t worry about things you can’t control.'”

After Paul passed away on Oct. 29, 2018, Jayne said, “Everyone was so incredibly kind to us. It’s hard to let anyone help you, and we wanted to give back, so we started Strength in Numbers, a 501(c)3 non-profit with a commitment to bringing gifts of joy for people and families battling an illness. To be able to help other people is amazing.”

Besides his wife and children, Paul was survived by his mother-in-law, Honey Potter; siblings Michael and Mark Donahue, and Laurie Wetsel; numerous in-laws and an army of friends and admirers.