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SNYDMILLER, Donald James

May 16, 1934 – Didsbury, Alberta
February 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Don beloved husband of Lorena Snydmiller (nee McLaughlin) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

Don’s work in the oil industry took him throughout western Canada, many American states including Alaska and around the globe .He along with his family worked and lived in Australia, Eastern Canada, England and Scotland. Don was highly respected in the industry and was readily willing to share his 50 plus years of experience and knowledge to others. At home he was a quiet loving man who loved his family both immediate and extended. His interests were collecting antiques, travelling (aside from work) fishing, hunting and loved to take his bride of 62 years dancing.

Don is survived by his beloved wife Lorena (Laurie), daughter Judy (Brian), sons Stuart and Jason (Yo); grandchildren Michael, Sarah, Katie, Ava, Bronson and Grace. Brothers William (Jean), Dennis (Kathy recently deceased); Sisters-in-law Kathy Snydmiller and Bonny Mclaughlin; brothers-in-law Ed Demers, Don McLaughlin (Colleen) as well as many nephews and nieces, cousins and friends. Predeceased by much loved son Brian, parents Alexander and Daisy Snydmiller, brothers Alvin and Gordon, sisters Lorna Chopey and Sandra Demers.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Rudi Kolodziejzyk

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My condolences . He was a good friend

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  2. Laurie: Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and family re this sad news of Don’s passing. I really treasure the many years I had working with Don and all the good people at Cdn. Hunter. Don set a very high standard for all to strive for and his door was always open to anyone that needed the benefit of his vast experience, his assistance, or just to “chat about life”. Don made an invaluable contribution to our industry and will be fondly remembered forever.

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  3. Lorie and Family
    No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. But take comfort in knowing that Don is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Olga and my deepest condolences to you and all your family.
    I worked with Don for many years in the Oil fields, he was highly respected with in the industry and had a large range of experience and knowledge that he willing shared with others.

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  4. So Sorry to hear of the passing of My Friend Don. Don and I met up many places during our time working in the Patch.
    My condolences to the Snydmiller Family

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  5. Janet Snydmiller

    Laurie, it is with sadness that I heard of Don’s passing. I always enjoyed any times that were spent with you and Don. Please share my condolences with the whole family.

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  6. Thompson’s and McNish

    Laurie and family,
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Mom n Dad (Cec n Merv Graham) always enjoyed the time they spent with you and Don. I’m sure they greeted him with a glass of wine. Please know you have our sympathies and you are in our thoughts as you mourn his loss and celebrate his life.

    Christina & Al Thompson and Theresa McNish

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  7. Alex Troppmann

    Dear Laurie and family, Shirley and I just learned of Don’s passing. We are so very sorry for your loss but also know you will all have a life time of the best memories of a truly great husband and father. I truly enjoyed working for Don in the field and getting to know the Snydmiller family in Grande Prairie and Calgary. I loved calling on Don even when there were problems I knew we could always resolve issues and work through them because of his understanding and knowledge. One of the best ever, our thoughts and sympathies are with you all.

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  8. Dwayne John Bray

    Laurie and Family
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Don Snydmiller, a true friend from the past. I regret not maintaining closer contact with Don after he & his family returned to Canada. I initially met Don in Sale Victoria Australia during his tenure with Bawden Drilling Company in 1967-70 period. We later crossed paths in various other places around the globe. I will always remember his pleasant smile and strong technical capabilities. He will certainly be missed by his friends & associates in the oilfield community.

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  9. Dave and Tess McConnell

    Our deepest condolences to Laurie and children. We have very good memories of Don and he will truly be missed. Rest in peace, Don.

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  10. My deeply sincere condolences to Lori, Jason, Stuart and Judy, and extended family, on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather. Don will be sorely missed by so many. My heart is with you at this time. May your wonderful memories of this wonderful man, sustain you and soothe the grief you are feeling.

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  11. My condolences to the entire family. You were a big part of the comings and goings of the Graham clan from the very early years onward. Don was larger than life both in his voice and his infectious smile. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Jud

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  12. Dear Jason
    We were so deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad.
    Please accept our most sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. The wonderful memories is what helps us move forward and keep our loved ones in our hearts forever. I know Dave is there welcoming Don.
    Sincerely,
    Patti Nopper & the entire Ritchie (Dave’s) family.

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