ANDREW MICHAEL SNYDER
August 20, 1980 – January 3, 2024
Andrew Michael Snyder passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 3, 2024. Known for his strength, vibrant energy, generous heart, love of nature, and adventuresome spirit, Andy’s family and friends from San Diego to the East Coast are brokenhearted by the loss of this bright, passionate, thoughtful individual who lived life on his own terms.
Andy grew up in Elkton, Maryland, graduating from North East High School in 1998. He was a sweet prankster and fearless daredevil, who loved riding motorcycles and driving cars a little too fast. He played soccer throughout his school years and was an excellent tennis player. When he was 21, adventure called, and he left his hometown, driving across the country with a friend to live in San Diego, California.
After completing an apprenticeship, Andy was proud to work as an ironworker for Ironworkers Local 229 from 2001 to 2015 and was on time to work every day during those 14 years. He established a reputation as an agile, hard worker. He made decisive moves on the job, helping himself and others avoid life‑threatening accidents on several notable occasions. After work, Andy loved to spend his free time outside, surfing or riding mountain bikes and motorcycles for hours upon hours.
Shining through all his toughness, Andy had a beautiful soul. He loved being around his precious daughter—she always made him smile. And he was especially good at spoiling his dogs. His earnestness and meticulous attention to detail were endearing. He had the ability to ignore all the noise and give his undivided attention and care to those things that were most important to him. To those who were struggling, Andy would say, keep your head up, stay strong, rise above. He will be tremendously missed and forever loved by many.
Andy is survived by his daughter Penelope Snyder; father Glenn Snyder; mother Barbara Snyder; grandmother Genievieve Snyder; sister Shelby (Padraic) MacLeish; brother Robert (Victoria) Fisher; five nieces; a nephew; and girlfriend Lynn McDaniel.
Join the family for a memorial service on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 1 pm at Leeds United Methodist Church Elkton, MD. A luncheon will follow.