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SNYDER, Jean Dutton

December 15, 1923 – June 17, 2019

Jean Snyder of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the age of 95. She achieved her big goal as she celebrated her 95th birthday still living in her own home.

Jean was born and raised a proud Calgarian. She attended Central Collegiate Institute in Calgary, where her father was the principal. Jean supported the war effort by working in Washington, DC and fondly remembered the cherry blossoms in spring. Her Dad’s nickname for her was “Juniper”, and she proudly chose that for the licence plate on her car.

Jean worked at Canadian Western Natural Gas as an Executive Secretary, where she met her husband Bev Snyder. They were married on November 21, 1953 and enjoyed forty-nine years of marriage. She nurtured three children from Bev’s previous marriage and three children born to her and Bev. She was a quintessential homemaker and spent every summer making pickled carrots, antipasto, jams and jellies enjoyed by family and friends alike. Summer trips to cabin #5 at Bluebird Bay Resort in Kelowna, were some of her happiest family times. Jean and Bev loved to entertain in their home, especially their famous Boxing Day parties. Her hobbies, when she had quiet time, were needlepoint, crocheting and knitting.

Jean pursued her passion for music and was an icon of the Chinook Winds Show Chorus. Achieving a fifty-three year history within CWSC and Sweet Adelines Inc., she learned everything there was to know about the chorus and the organization. She was always available for new and seasoned members, including the Director(s), to listen and share ideas. In the last few years, she stepped off the risers but was the Administrative Assistant to the Director. If there was ever a question of protocol in the past few years, there was a chorus mantra, “Just call Jean”. Jean’s other family was Chinook Winds and they will miss her smile, her wit, and her saying “Yes!” when we rang chords. “No-one will ever fill Jean’s shoes”.

Jean was also a very active member of Scarboro United Church. Jean sang in the choir, as well as counted collection in the administrative office and drove seniors to Sunday service. A proud moment of achievement was to sing with the mass choir at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In retirement Jean and Bev travelled the world, cruised every autumn and made many friends around the globe.

Jean was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and caring friend to many. She is survived by her children Laurie Simpson, Patricia Heitman (Barney), Ross Snyder, Barbara McGowan (Wade), Keith Snyder; her grandchildren Linda Simpson (Jane), Shannon Simpson (Dan), Valerie Simpson (Antonio), Maureen Deacon-Rosamond (Kevin), Alberta Brown (Rob), Jennifer Bourk (Dwayne), Jeff Snyder, Brian Heitman (Mitch), Matthew McGowan and Michael McGowan; and 10 great grandchildren! She is also survived by her sister-in-law Laurie Dorrett, and leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was predeceased by her husband Bev, her daughter Gail Snyder, her brother Bud Weir, her son-in-law Gary Simpson, her daughter-in-law Patricia Snyder, and her parents Jean and Frederick Weir.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada at www.crohnsandcolitis.ca/Ways-to-Give. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of AgeCare Midnapore for their loving and compassionate care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at  Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 am. Reception to follow at the church. A private inurnment will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Jean Snyder, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. It was my pleasure to know Jean as a friend and as a colleague. I loved to hear her stories and spend time over a cup of coffee. We share many laughs and spent an enjoyable 10 years working with Chinook Winds Chorus. I depended on her, I learned from her and I hope I gave her support as she travelled the road called life. Rest in Peace, Jean, and may your whole family have comfort in having been a part of your life.

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  2. My sincere condolences to Jean’s family. I was very honoured to count Jean as one of my friends. I knew her when I was a kid and her niece (Diane Stapleton) was a close friend. We often talked about old times. I learned a lot from Jean with respect to the administration procedures of her beloved Chinook Winds. She was a wonderful lady and the heavenly choir of angels has opened their wings to a good bass. Rest in peace, Jean.

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  3. Cynthia Strem

    I met Jean Snyder 15 years ago when I joined Chinook Winds Show Chorus. She was very welcoming to me and I appreciated her hints about chorus culture because it wasn’t always clear what I needed to do. She shared her smiles, warmth and her giggle with me. Over time I understood what a treasure she was and went to her for information, reassurance and encouragement. Rest in Peace, Jean.

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  4. I met Jean Snyder 2 1/2 years ago when I joined Chinook Winds Show Chorus. She was very nice and warm to me. She had always tried to encourage me so I could be more confident standing on risers. Even though her health didn’t allow her to come to our rehearsals anymore, she tried to come to our shows and cheered for us. She had amazing alertness of brain in her old age. She was a wonderful lady! Rest In Peace, Jean.

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  5. I had the pleasure and honour of knowing Jean and working with her at Chinook Winds Show Chorus, to whom she gave so much of her heart and her knowledge. We initially bonded as Co-Chairs of the Regional Convention in Calgary in ’82 and what laughs we had reminiscing about that event! She was my mentor, my dear friend, Jean was always there for me and hopefully I was for her. I will miss her very much. Rest in Peace, Jean.

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  6. Marie Hutchinson

    My deepest condolences to Jean’s family. She was a was a truly lovely person, and I miss her very much. She had already stepped off the risers when I joined Chinook Winds, but it didn’t take long to realize she was still an integral part of the chorus. Her continued presence at rehearsals, for as long as she was able, was appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. I always looked forward to talking with her and seeing that special twinkle in her eyes.

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  7. My deepest sympathy and love to Jean’s family. I met Jean when I joined Chinook Winds in 1999. Jean was a dear friend and will be missed. We had many wonderful conversations over the years.

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  8. I was so sorry to hear of Jeans passing. She was a grand roommate.

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  9. Diane Harris (Stapleton)

    Rest in Peace Jean

    Ray and I and the rest of my family are so sorry.

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  10. Gillian Boyce

    We were blessed to know Jean through my parents, Gerry and Howie Dawe. I always loved to see Jean at Sweet Adelines performances and other visits along the way. I last saw Jean at the Sweet Adelines Christmas performance which, coincidentally, was the last performance my Dad saw before he passed away shortly thereafter. Jean always lovingly and humorously referred to my Dad, Howie, as her “boyfriend”. I hope they are both having a good chuckle over that in Heaven together. Rest in peace, Jean. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you.

    Larry, Gillian and George Boyce

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