After a tenacious fight, Dyric Snyder, 52, passed away Monday, August 22, 2022, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Dyric was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, the son of George and Sandra (Bowers) Snyder and brother of Anne-Marie Allander and the late Eric Snyder. At a young age, he gave his life to Christ. He was deeply involved in many church activities, including youth retreats and bus ministries. Dyric’s beloved grandfather, Larry Bowers (“Pap”) was a master woodworker, and Dyric was often at his side learning the craft and helping Pap with his latest project. Dyric spent countless hours playing basketball in the driveway with his friends and his dad, sometimes playing late into the night, illuminated only by a set of headlights. His dedication led to four years of varsity basketball in high school, some of his fondest memories of that time. Handsome and kind, he made friends easily. College at the University of North Florida and a degree in business and marketing was a proud accomplishment that he managed to finance on his own.
Cross-country family vacations cultivated Dyric’s passion for the West, which led him to Colorado and a job with a golf course developer, where he worked his way up to chief operating officer. Golf course construction fostered in Dyric an interest in land development, and after a move to Pennsylvania, Dyric began his own land development company, managing the land development process for various local and national builders.
Dyric joined Shea Homes in 2013 to help develop Trilogy at Lake Frederick. In his role, Dyric wore many hats, including the design and construction of the Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club and Region’s 117 restaurant. Extremely detailed, he had a keen eye to make sure that everything was just right, during construction, and for many years after. Beyond land development, Dyric was passionate about building communities and bringing people together.
People who had the chance to work for Dyric deeply admired and trusted him. He brought teams together, worked tirelessly to tackle challenges, and helped others achieve great success. Dyric was well respected within the homebuilding industry, serving as Chairman of the Top of Virginia Building Association.
Dyric was very involved in the life of his children’s school, Chelsea Academy. He was appointed to the Academy’s Board of Directors in 2020, and as one of the Board’s most active members, served as Board Secretary, and as a member of the Executive Committee and Finance Committee. Dyric also served as Secretary of the Academy’s Foundation Board and was instrumental in assisting with the purchase of the school’s first permanent campus, advancing the growth and expansion of Chelsea Academy.
As a father, Dyric championed his children’s strengths, encouraging them to strive to be their best. He lifted them up at their most vulnerable moments, never withholding his ardent affection and admiration for them and their natural talents. Dyric loved daytrips with the kids to hike and explore new little towns and unbeaten paths. Davis, West Virginia, was a favorite because of its beauty and proximity, but it’s also always 10 degrees cooler there!
Dyric and Christina were married 18 happy, blessed years. He often said he loved her more every day, and that would never stop. No one could have known a more devoted and loving husband. He did everything in his power to lessen her burden, and to help her feel loved, important, and cherished. When Dyric was diagnosed with leukemia, the way he approached life, “We can fix this!” never abated. It was impossible to believe anything could ever bring him down—months in the hospital, blood infections, and then relapse when it seemed like he had won his battle. His unflagging optimism was his hallmark.
Dyric’s final wish was for his ashes to be scattered among the mountains and valleys of Montana, the place he always longed to live but never had the chance. His last trip to Montana he took alone to sit among the buffalo and elk in the snow. He sat for hours in a kind of reverie, day after day.
Evident in the way he lived his life every day was Dyric’s strong faith and moral compass, which guided every aspect of his life—his decisions, relationships, work ethic, and care for his family and friends. He was an excellent family man, true friend, and great coworker, and he spent his time working on the big things that mattered most to him. He is and will continue to be truly missed.
In addition to his wife, Dyric is survived by his parents, George and Sandra Snyder; daughters, Madison Mosley (Keith), Brooke Brooker (Jarod), and Sophia Snyder; sons, Scott, Nathan, and Noah Snyder; grandchildren, Eden, Elias, Lincoln, and Finley; sister, Anne-Marie; sister-in-law, Monica Snyder; and his father- and mother-in-law, Bill and Marie McMinn.
Relatives, friends, work family, and colleagues are invited to a celebration of his life on Wednesday, September 7 from 4-6 PM at the Shenandoah Lodge, 180 Bald Eagle Dr., Lake Frederick, VA 22630.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dyric may be made to: Chelsea Academy, 4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630 (ChelseaAcademy.org); or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.org).