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James Snyder

James H. "Saggy" Snyder

Wednesday, April 30th, 1941 - Monday, March 18th, 2019
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James H. "Saggy" Snyder, 77, of Mt. Penn, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center. Born on April 30, 1941, in Reading, PA, he was the son of Elmer F. and Evelyn I. (Livinggood) Snyder. He resided with his partner Kathleen M. (Reppert) Stout for 26 years. Saggy was a 1959 graduate of former Mt. Penn High School where he played soccer. He retired from Exide Corp. (formerly General Battery Corp.) after 38 years. He was the President of United Steelworkers Local 5227 and was involved in conferences with OSHA when they established standards for the lead battery industry. While President, he was honored to have personally met two Presidential candidates, Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale. He served as a shop steward for 34 years. Saggy was a past president of the Lower Alsace Fire Co. and was chief from 1986-2016. He was also the treasurer of the Lower Alsace Beneficial Assoc. and the Lower Alsace Firemen's Relief for over 40 years. Saggy was a life member of the following: The National Rifle Assoc., Lower Alsace Fire Co., Lower Alsace Beneficial Assoc., Mt. Penn Fire Co., Reiffton Fire Co., Berks County Firemen's Assoc., Keystone State Fire Chief's Assoc., The former Berks County Fire Chief's Assoc. and Rainbow Fire Co. #1 of Reading. He was also a member of Kenhorst Fire Co., Penna. State Firemen's Assoc., Daniel Boone Rod & Gun Club, AARP, Dushore Legion Post 996 Social Member and Lucky 15 Hunting Camp, LaPorte, Sullivan Co. Saggy enjoyed his friends and lived life to the fullest. He always wanted to say when he died, "been there, done that and lived life that way." Services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Saggy's name to Lower Alsace Volunteer Fire Co., 1206 Roosevelt Ave, Reading, PA 19606. For online condolences please visit
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Maria (Miller) Speicher

Posted at 11:22pm
Saggy was in my wedding when I married Bill Miller. Bill and Saggy spent many good times together at the fire company and up at hunting camp in Laporte. I'm sure Bill was waiting for him to arrive at heaven's gate, most probably in an old fire truck and complaining that the clutch on it was too stiff. Rest in peace, Sag.

Peggy (Norton) Savage

Posted at 07:30pm
When I turned the page in the"Sully" this week to the obituary page, I said out loud..." No ,No, No, not Saggy! " Then the flashbacks started and brought a smile to my face. I used to Bartend at the Hotel in Laporte. I started there when I was 18 Years old.( That was many, many years ago!) Saggy , and the rest of the fellows from Lucky 15 camp were "regular" cabin people, as I called them. The locals welcomed them as much as I did. I learned a lot from them, with their stories of the fire house(Lower Alsace). We shared many laughs across that bar and others through the years. One time it was so busy while I was working that Saggy called from the pay phone in the hall to see if he and the rest of the fellows could get a round of beer! A great guy Sag, he'll be missed by many I'm certain. R I P Buddy.

Mark Faust

Posted at 04:48pm
I would like to say that I will miss him because I have been around him for 44 years good and bad and would tell what he though and i would go and figure it out for myself and it work out the way he said.l will miss you brother and Rest In Peace

Elizabeth A Tucci

Posted at 08:11am
Saggy spent and my sister Kathleen spent many holidays together. Saggy was always a quiet gentle man at our home. We will miss him dearly. I will also remember walking into him home and he would be sitting in his chair reading or sleeping, but we always greeted me with a hello. Will always miss you Sag.

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