An active council member until his death Saturday, Snyder served as Bay View police chief for 20 years and mayor for another 20 years in split terms. He also owned and operated Snyder’s Towing for 27 years.
The 79-year-old died at Firelands Regional Medical Center. His funeral is 11 a.m. today at Ransom Funeral Home in Castalia. Wobser visited Snyder in his last days, along with council members, friends and family. “He liked public service, but he also loved people, and he loved the village of Bay View,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a big loss.” Snyder, best known as “Skeeter,” was sort of the information center for the village, she said. “If there was a water main break, they would call him and ask why the water was off,” Wobser said. “For me, he was a mentor and a very good friend. “If I had a question, I could call him at home and say, ‘Hey, give me an answer,’” she said. And he would. He was also the watchful eye in the village of 600. “He could tell you who went by, what time of day it was,” she said. “He was just that kind of guy.”
Castalia police Chief Ken Majoy worked under Snyder when Majoy served as police chief for Bay View in the ’90s, when Snyder was mayor. “You just have to know Skeeter,” Majoy said. “Skeeter was a good guy all around. He was fair. Being an ex-police chief, he pretty much knew how things should be done. It was easy as far as the administration went.”
Majoy last saw Snyder a few months ago when his wife, Cora, took him to Castalia to get his hair cut at Russ’ barbershop. It’s where he always went to get a trim.
“Skeeter was Skeeter. He didn’t pull any punches,” Majoy said. “He told you what he thought, and you have to respect that. I suppose you got what you saw. That’s who he was.”
When Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth started working in law enforcement, he knew who Snyder was and got to know him better, working with his towing service.
“I know that he always did what he thought was in the best interest for that village,” Sigsworth said. “He was very, very tied to the folks in Bay View.
“He was a small-town mayor who knew everybody and their relatives and the history of their families,” Sigsworth said.
Snyder was also dedicated. In the nine years she served on village council, Wobster remembers Snyder missing only two or three meetings. "It’s very strange not to have him there,” she said.
Some described him as a joker, and others even said he was ornery. But to the last person, everyone said he will be missed.
“He loved this village, and he loved people,” Wobser said. “And he would have done anything for anybody.”