Charles Snyder, 75, former CIBA-Geigy manager, supporter of arts

Charles W. Snyder of Ridgefield, a retired chemical company executive and longtime Ridgefielder, died on Tuesday, May 8, at Danbury Hospital. He was 75 years old and the husband of Virginia Fish Snyder.

Mr. Snyder was born in Skippack, Pa., on Sept. 2, 1936, a son of the late Clay E. and Mary Wannamaker Snyder.

He attended schools in Pennsylvania and graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology and later attended Rutgers University.

A retired national sales manager for CIBA-Geigy, Mr. Snyder joined CIBA as a lab technician at Kimberton, Pa. He served as new product development manager and Eastern regional sales manager in the Resins Department, Plastics & Additives Division, and industry manager, electrical power/formulators in the Resins Department before his national sales manager position.

As a manager, Mr. Snyder was involved in the responsibility for the national accounts, such as, Sherwin Williams, Desoto, Stonehard, Glidden, Hexcel, Cytec, Fiberite and others.

After CIBA, he worked for 10 years for D.H. Litter as a general manager.

Mr. Snyder was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of many technical organizations, a past president of the Quarter Century Club at CIBA-Geigy, a member of Founders Hall and Friends of the Ridgefield Library, and a supporter of the Aldrich Museum and Ridgefield Symphony.

He had lived in Ridgefield for 39 years.

Besides his wife of 47 years, he is survived by their three children, Laurel Hayes Snyder and her children, Alexandra and Mark; Kurt E. Snyder and his wife, Liza, and their daughter, Charlotte; and Brett W. Snyder and his wife, Julie, and their children, Emiley, Rachel, Katherine and Matthew Snyder, and Jeremy Gordon and Justin Gordon. Mr. Snyder is survived by a sister in law, Peggy Ann Boys and husband, Vernon.

Mr. Snyder was predeceased by a sister, Alice Snyder.

A Celebration of Life Service for family and friends will take place on Sunday, June 24, at Keeler Tavern Museum.

Contributions in Mr. Snyder’s memory may be made an Esophageal Cancer Research Center of your choice or to the Praxair Cancer Center, Danbury Hospital 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., is in charge of arrangements.