Harry Craig 'Frog' Snyder, firefighter

Harry Craig "Frog" Snyder, a retired Baltimore County firefighter who was also a model railroad buff, died Feb. 8 at his Upperco home. He was 59.

"We are waiting for the results of an autopsy for the cause of death," said his wife of 32 years, the former Frances E. Bandel.

The son of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad chief mechanic and an educator, Mr. Snyder was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville.

After graduating from Milford Mill High School in 1970, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 from the University of Baltimore.

He joined the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1972 and at the time of his retirement in 2002 had attained the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to Station 4 in Catonsville.

Mr. Snyder was also a volunteer firefighter for the Boring and Arcadia volunteer fire companies. He was a member and past president of the Hampstead Lions Club.

In addition to collecting HO-scale trains, he enjoyed operating a model railroad layout. He was also a member of the Maryland Steam Club, which operates vintage threshing machines and other farm equipment

Mr. Snyder, who was also a fly fisherman, hunter and gardener, enjoyed attending baseball and football games.

He was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampstead, where he had served as a member of the church council.

Funeral services were held Monday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Snyder is survived by a son, Gary Snyder of Upperco; a daughter, Sara Snyder of Upperco; and his mother, Adelle Lecompte Snyder of Pikesville.


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