LBI Attorney Remembered for His Community Service

IN MEMORIAM: A second of silence for Stuart Snyder at the Dec. 13 Seashore Haven Borough Council conference confirmed how beloved he was. (Provided Pictures)
Stuart Snyder’s legacy of group company stretches beyond the boundaries of the Lengthy Beach Island area, exceeding his years as an lawyer, a community defender and the 25 yrs he served on the Southern Regional Board of Education and learning before his passing Dec. 11 at the age of 73.
“Stu’s final decision-producing normally centered on what was the very best for little ones and programs. He took delight in speaking for the gentle-spoken and standing for those people who couldn’t,” Southern Regional College District Superintendent Craig Henry said Monday afternoon. “I previously skip Stu drastically but am obtaining some solace in reflections of the many, many strategies his mark is indelibly carved in the Southern DNA.”
As a board member, Snyder was a single of the founding fathers of what is now the monikers “Southern family” and “Southern tradition of care” to give verbal expression to how the district thrives.
“Stu was a exclusive personal who impacted everybody who had the fantastic fortune to cross paths with him,” Henry ongoing. “I initially realized Stu as a board member, but he swiftly grew to become a expensive friend who touched my lifestyle in numerous techniques.”
Snyder was initial elected to the Southern Regional Board of Training in 1996, and even through his sickness in the course of the past yr, he remained thoroughly engaged with the board and its meetings, primarily by telephone, according to Kevin Lyons, Southern board president.
On Nov. 10, Snyder physically attended the board meeting at district headquarters, regardless of his illness. He experienced just one much more calendar year to fulfill in his present-day term.
Lyons, who understood Snyder each professionally and as a colleague on the board for the past numerous many years, claimed he was “always a sort soul.”
“I was blessed to know him as a defense legal professional while I was in regulation enforcement, and he often tried to do the ideal he could for persons,” Lyons said. “He never ever said a terrible term about any one. He was just a genuinely form person.”
And Snyder liked the Southern Regional School District, Lyons reported.
“We weren’t normally on the similar facet of the fence with items, but I experienced good regard for him and his thoughts, and he often experienced a reciprocal respect,” he mentioned. “Stu led by illustration, and he usually needed to talk about the fantastic points going on at Southern. He was the founder of the philosophy that nobody goes household at 2 p.m., that we give pupils a cause to stay on campus and be concerned in anything. He was a great male.”
At the Seaside Haven Borough Council meeting Dec. 13, Mayor Colleen Lambert known as for a minute of silence to honor Snyder, who was a borough resident.
“Stuart Snyder was a beloved nearby determine, a variety gentleman who was ready to enable anyone he could,” she said. “It is not just a reduction for Beach Haven, but for the total Island as properly.”
Deborah Whitcraft, a former Seashore Haven mayor and Southern board member, said when she and Leslie Houston headed up Neighbors in Need, a charitable business, Snyder would often show up at vacation occasions as Santa Claus.
“We should have experienced the only Jewish Santa Claus on the Island,” claimed Whitcraft with a giggle. “That’s the sort of particular person he was. He wished to be there to help people and make them giggle. I really do not imagine you could at any time obtain anyone who would say a lousy word about him.”
She known as Snyder a phenomenal Seashore Haven representative to the Southern faculty board. In addition to serving as a university board member, Snyder was the board attorney for land use boards in Seaside Haven, Harvey Cedars and Ship Bottom. He was alternate counsel for the Stafford Township Zoning Board, according to his daughter Catherine Gayden.
“He was so well-informed about land use law and other problems. He was a incredible asset to our (land use) board,” Whitcraft reported.
Snyder was also the community defender in Barnegat Light-weight, Seashore Haven, Extensive Seashore Township, Ship Bottom and Surf Town.
“Being a community defender was a huge way he gave again to the local community, as he was passionate about serving all forms of clients and not just the ones who had the suggests to fork out a large law firm rate,” Gayden claimed.
When requested about Snyder on Monday afternoon, Ship Base Mayor William Huelsenbeck explained the lawyer was usually beneficial and really well known.
“He was probably just one of the most common lawyers on the Island as a law firm and as a human being,” he claimed. “Everyone loved Stu.”
— Gina G. Scala, David Biggy and Eric Englund

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