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Robert Gregg Snyder

October 26, 1943 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 76)

Obituary

Dunnellon FL - Robert Gregg Snyder, 76, died on October 4, 2020 at Ocala Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident in Dunnellon. He was born on October 26, 1943 in Utica, NY. Gregg was the son to the late Robert and Lois (Hitzelberger) Snyder. He leaves behind his wife of 55yrs., Claire (Traver) Snyder, Dunnellon, FL; his sons, Stephen (Tammy) Snyder, New Fairfield, CT, Scott (Barb) Snyder, Gig Harbor, WA; his daughters, Shelby (Brian) Williams, Siler City, NC, Stacey (Joseph) Clima, Aptos, CA; 8 grandchildren, Blair, Grace, Dylan, Jack, Lucy, Sean, William and Charlie; his sister, Jill Snyder, Brunswick, Maine and his 8 Driscoll cousins, nieces and nephew.Gregg was raised in Fayson Lakes, N.J. and graduated from Butler High School. He swam competitively with the North Jersey Swim Association under coach Bob Alexander and was New Jersey State Champion for consecutive years. He swam in AAU sanctioned national meets as well as the NJ Junior Olympic trials.  Gregg began college at New York University (NYU) and later transferred to University of Connecticut (UCONN) where he received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Mobile Oil Corporation from 1967-1969 as a Process Engineer and then moved to W.R. Grace Co. as a plant manager. Gregg decided to go into business with his father, the late Robert C. Snyder, and in 1971 moved to Wolcott, CT. Two years later Gregg and family relocated to Maine to start the new company venture, Engineering Industries Inc. (E.I.I.). He lived in Bethel, Maine for six years and then moved to Norway Maine. Gregg and his father licensed a process for the production of coal tar emulsion pavement sealer. It was an industry leader and known nationally as the Snyder Process. The company was also internationally recognized and held two U.S. Patents. Gregg also co-founded the Pavement Maintenance Center at the University of Nevada in Reno. He was published, “Pavement Maintenance Engineering”, in the ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) Journal and later was the Committee Chairman. Gregg received a Gubernatorial appointment to the Industrial Development Committee for the state of Maine. In 1992 Gregg and Claire moved to Tuscaloosa, AL. Later, as a leading expert in coal tar emulsion, he was recruited to Minneapolis, MN to develop a high-test coal tar concrete mixture where he became the CEO for Innovative Concrete, Inc. In 1996 he worked for Aggregate Industries, Inc. in Eagan, MN in various leadership capacities. In 2004, Gregg became self-employed again as a Business Consultant providing various services for companies in the Concrete and Seal Coating Industry.Still in MN, in 2010 it was time to retire. Gregg and Claire moved to Dunnellon, FL and the beautiful Rainbow River. They chose Dunnellon for warm sunshine, crystal blue water, fishing and boating, beautiful horse country, live oaks and the Spanish moss. He enjoyed walking the Rainbow Springs neighborhood, playing pool at the Country Club, Tuesday night group dinners, reading, sailing and supporting the St. Joseph Indian School of SD. He traveled worldwide with E.I.I. and in retirement drove thousands of miles exploring the United States.  His accomplishments and interests were many and diverse but family was the most the important. He was a devoted father, grandfather and husband. Gregg lived life to the fullest. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

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