Kenneth P. Sneider was born on Feb. 9, 1923 in Ramsey, NJ, the youngest of the seven children of Albert and Cecilia (Hoey) Sneider. He grew up there and graduated from Ramsey High School. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After completing basic training, he was sent to Oklahoma A&M for training as an Air Operation Specialist. While stationed in Galveston, TX he played drums with the base band, the Bombers. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Shortly thereafter he landed a job in the Art Dept. of the Readers’ Digest and remained with them until his retirement in 1983. For 15 years he was the Art Director of the International Editions of the Digest, which gave him the opportunity to travel the globe. Later he became Art Director of the RD General Books, responsible for the design and art work in what were called “one shot” books to differentiate them from the condensed books and the record packages.
A talented artist, he studied at the Art Students League. In 1952 he was elected to membership in the Salmagundi Club of New York. He was a member of the Art Directors Club, the Society of Illustrators and the Dutch Treat Club.
In 1953 he met his future wife, Cecile, who survives him. It took them 4 weeks to decide they were meant for each other, and their marriage lasted 63 years. After the birth of their first son, Kenneth, Jr. they moved to Norwalk, CT, where they made their home for 39 years. When St. Jerome Church was being built, funds were limited. Ken undertook the task of designing and making the Stations of the Cross, which hung in the church for over 30 years.
Ken and Ceil were avid sailors, often spending vacations with their children on their boat. They were members of the Shore and Country Club and the Viking Yacht Club, Ken serving as Commodore. In 1994 Ken and Ceil moved to Mashpee, MA. They joined the parish of Christ the King where Ken served as an usher for many years. He took up golf, playing weekly with a group of men from the church. He remained a devoted Yankees and Giants fan. Ken was a loving and devoted husband and father.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Kenneth and wife Maureen of Fairfield Ct; his daughter Noelle, of Natick, MA; his son Richard and his wife Donna of E. Walpole, MA; and his son Douglas of Norwalk, CT .and his two grandsons, Ken and Richie, and his two granddaughters, Caroline and Aidan.
Calling hours will be on Monday, April 16 from 4 to 6 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason home on Rte. 151 in Mashpee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tues. April 17 at 10:00 am at Christ the King Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute would be appreciated.