On Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, Terrence Lee Snedeker, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 69.
Terrence was born on April 28, 1952, in Troy, Pa., to John and Mary Jane (nee White) Snedeker. He graduated in 1970 from Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg, N.Y. He received his associates degree in 1972 from Alfred University, in Alfred, N.Y., where he was first introduced to computer programming and business.
On June 10, 1972, he married Stephanie Lou Chaffee, his love since his first crush in third grade. They raised a daughter, Sarah Katherine (Snedeker) Sears, and two sons, Benjamin David Snedeker and Jordan Michael Snedeker.
In 1984, Terrence borrowed $5,000 from his father to launch Compusist, a remittance processing software company for banks, utilities and enterprises. He moved the business to Dryden, N.Y., in 1986. It quickly grew to over 100 employees and reached customers on three continents.
In 1993, and again in 1994, Compusist was recognized by Incorporated magazine as one of the top 500 fastest growing companies in the United States. He served as CEO for over 10 years.
Terrence was known for his love of — and sacrifice for — the people around him. He was devoted to following Jesus, and found his spiritual home at C.L.C. Church in Freeville, N.Y.
He had a quick wit, and he loved to laugh. He was an avid fan of jazz music, the Red Sox and Syracuse basketball. He loved to travel, especially by RV.
One of his favorite hobbies was birdwatching, and over 30 years his feeder became a mainstay for numerous varieties. His favorites were the flicker, the bald eagle and the pileated woodpecker. He had nicknames for all of them.
Terrence was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Mary Jane; sister Marylouise; and father-in-law, Wilfred L. Chaffee.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; three children, Ben (Sarah B.), Sarah (John) and Jordan (Rachel); grandchildren, Julia, Eden, Owen, Emory, Lincoln, Ellianna, Wilfred, Josephine, Elise, and Ethan; sisters Cheryl Borden (Joseph) and Patricia Midgley (Jorg); brother, Robert (Cheryl H.); mother-in-law, Irene B. Chaffee; brother-in-law, Craig Chaffee (Kathy); and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Thrive Church (thriveny.org), located at 318 Johnson Road, Freeville, N.Y., beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m.
Arrangements made by Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon. Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.