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Lloyd Thomas Snapp

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Lloyd Thomas Snapp was born in Glover, Vt., on April 4, 1928 to Marguerite Melin Snapp and the Rev. Albert M.B. Snapp. Lloyd was the oldest of five children and spent many of his young years in Winchester, Va. He ran away from home and enlisted in the Navy at 16 years old and became a gunner on his first cruise to Europe. He walked on the beaches of Normandy to recover the injured and dead and always said that “war was hell.” Throughout his life Lloyd was very humble and quiet about his service through D-Day and beyond.

His sister Pauline introduced him to Suzanne Carbonneau and he was smitten from the start. They married August 25, 1951. Lloyd then graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts and went to work for the YMCA. In his first 10 years with the Y, the family lived in Delaware, Mich., and Pennsylvania during which three children were born: Virginia Marie, Lloyd Thomas II, and Alan Albert. The family then moved to Camden, Maine, to be closer to Suzanne’s parents, Otto and Frances Dauenhauer, who had built Castine Cottages. The family loved Camden and all children graduated from Camden Rockport High. Lloyd was a very caring and personable executive director at the Camden YMCA who created Camp A Homa, Fun Club, Adventure Camp, swimming and gymnastic teams, and too many other programs to name. Y kids from those days would remember Lloyd driving the school bus to places such as Nova Scotia, Washington, D.C., Cape Cod, and all over the Maine coast singing “beep billy open dopen dit dat aditten datten aahhh choo.” Mr. Snapp loved his Y kids as much as he loved his own. He slipped dimes to kids who had none and ensured that the YMCA was home for all. He organized dances, and used the facility to the fullest, raising money effectively for many years. Not only was he on the school board, in the Rotary Club and the Men’s Club, but he also was elected Townsman of the Year for all his civic contributions. He wore many hats and loved his time at the Camden YMCA. Lloyd and Suzanne moved to Castine full-time in 1979 as he started working for Down East Magazine where he became the top salesman before moving on to working in real estate at Saltmeadow Properties. In Castine, he was a well-regarded first selectman for six years, but was never much of a politician, a real Abe Lincoln. He and Suzanne were very active in the church, including Lloyd’s role as a Sunday school teacher for some time.

Lloyd was a devoted and loving “Pop Pop” to his grandchildren. Alan Thomas (AJ) and Kelsey Marie thrived with Sue and Lloyd’s help. One of his proudest moments for both grandkids was attending their college graduations. Kelsey becoming a social worker in child welfare pleased him to no end, and A.J. working for the Navy as a contracted aerospace engineer thrilled his grandfather. Lloyd loved to take Suzanne boating and downtown for a libation and to the backshore for a sunset. He enjoyed volunteering for the church as a deacon and as head counsel and sat in the same row for 20+ years. Suzanne died in 2011 and he missed her to his last day. For five years he smiled everyday and remained positive through the changes in his life. Lloyd lived with cancer for 40 years and you would never know it. Emphysema finally took him at age 88 on November 19, 2016. He died comfortably with his family by his side, never having to leave his home, with the extraordinary care and help of the angels of Hancock County Hospice and all of his family. Lloyd spent most of his life making a difference in the lives of children and families and he will be greatly missed by anyone that knew him. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Penobscot Bay YMCA care or the Hancock County Hospice. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Parish Church on Main Street in Castine on May 20, 2017.