Man remembered for park volunteer work

John Snyder

John Snyder

AMERICUS -- A former Lawrenceville resident once honored as volunteer of the year for his work with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation died this week.

John Howard Snyder, 82, formerly of Gwinnett County, passed away Monday at a hospital in Americus.

The Sparta, Ill., native served as a chairman of volunteers for the Vines Botanical Gardens. He also received recognition for his volunteer work with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

In 2005, Gwinnett County presented Snyder with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award at the annual Gwinnett County Community Schools and Parks and Recreation banquet.

Snyder also played a role in creating the Gwinnett County Open Space and Greenway Master Plan, was a member of the Gwinnett Parks Foundation and served on campaigns in support of the special purpose local option sales tax.

In a news release issued in 2005, Tammy Gibson, services coordinator for Gwinnett County, stated that she had great respect for the man.

"Whenever I think of John, I think of how just one person can affect so many in Gwinnett County through his volunteerism," stated Gibson.

Said wife Pauline Snyder: "He did a lot for the community. He gave so much ... he really did."

The couple lived in Gwinnett County for more than 10 years before moving to Americus.

Other survivors include five daughters, three sons, a sister and 10 grandchildren.

According to his obituary, Snyder was in the insurance business.

He "started in insurance as an adjuster and went on to become president and run an insurance and salvage and appraisal company.

"He also authored a reference book that is now used by other insurance companies and was considered an expert in the insurance business where he taught seminars."

A memorial service was held Thursday at the chapel of First Baptist Church in Americus.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 221 S. Lee St., Americus, GA 31709.