Very sad news about a very special person

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:06 PM
I regret to inform you that Cheryl Snyder, the Southern Ohio Regional Representative, passed away on Sunday morning at her home in Dublin, Ohio. Forgive me for passing this info via this forum but it was one of the only ways I know to spread this sad news to those that may not have heard it.

At this time, details are very few and I don't know exactly how she passed as her family is currently in Buffalo, NY planning for her funeral and I have had no luck in contacting them to get more details. I do know her funeral is to take place this Friday in Buffalo, where she grew up and where some of her family still lives. I plan on going to the funeral as well as a few others that I know read Coasterbuzz.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening, December 12, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the Ginanne Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Avenue (corner of Columbia), in Kenmore, New York. The funeral will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 13, at the Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, off Main Street, in Snyder (Washington and Main is near Amherst High School and across the street from Daemen College). A complete notice will be printed in the Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Buffalo News (

For those of you that knew Cheryl, you probably remember her as a very nice woman who loved coasters as much as her many friends across the country. Those of you that didn't get a chance to know her truly missed out on getting to know someone special as Cheryl was one of those people you may meet in life that you remember forever.

When I decided to give up the Southern Ohio Rep position, Cheryl took over that instant and gave it all she had. She helped me with every media day event I worked with parks on and was a total blast to do trips with.

Here is a picture of Cheryl for those that are wondering what she looked like. This photo was taken right before our very first ride no Reptar at PKI. Thanks goes out to Scott and Carol Holmes for sending me the picture.

Cheryl, enjoy that eternal coaster ride in the sky! You were a fantastic friend and I will miss going on trips with you and seeing your ever smiling face even when times were low.Thanks for being someone I could talk to at anytime. You will truly be missed.

-Sean Flaharty

*** This post was edited by Sean F. on 12/12/2002. ***

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:55 PM

Dude, This is so sad and I passed the info along best I could.

I met Cheryl at the 2001 Reptar media event and several times afterward. It was not until I got to share a lunch after a great half day at PKI that I really got to know how much she loved parks. Not just Parks, Coasters, Darkrides, Flyers and PRESERVATION.

She was not only involved in ACE but several clubs and preservation efforts. ACE, GOCC, DAFE and many others I am sure.

It will take some big shoes to fill her efforts. Efforts from a person I will dearly miss.

Charles Nungester

Charles Nungester.
Is it about coasters or friends? I say both!

And the Friends will live forever in our memories.


*** This post was edited by Charles Nungester on 12/11/2002. ***

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:56 PM
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Definitely very sad news Sean...never met Cheryl personally, but we are very aware of the tight-knit relationships that form within our community. Cheryl's family and friends are definitely in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for letting us know.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:03 PM
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I had no idea! I am so sorry to hear about that Sean. She was a really nice lady. Although I only met her once I became very fond of her and loved her passion for roller coasters and life in general.

Thanks for letting us know, Sean.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Feel The Adrenaline....

*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN on 12/11/2002. ***

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:07 PM


Cheryl was an incredibly warm person, who I'm very happy was a part of my life. Whether it was kidding her about her famous "WALDAMEER!" quote in your video, or confusing her as your mom at Indiana Beach media day, I could always count on her to make me laugh. And even the generosity of her just a couple weeks ago when he so graciously gave us her unused Sea World tickets. She was truly a class act, and I will miss her hugs dearly. :-(

I know she's up there right now warming hearts already! God bless you, Cheryl, you'll be missed!

"No honey, the monkeys have already done enough damage on this trip." - Guy coming out of front gate at SFGAd

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 10:27 PM


I always loved that shot of you and Cheryl. It captures that warm, beautiful smile of her's. I know Cheryl loved working with you and she was looking forward to carrying on the level of service that the Southern Ohio region had come to expect.

Cheryl was a dear, sweet lady who loved her family, friends and coasters. And, a dear friend of ours. We will miss her so very much.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Cheryl's family and friends.

Carol & Scott Holmes

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 11:11 PM
:( r.i.p Cheryl
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 2:28 AM
Man Sean, this was killing me last night. Brian Neal told me at about 9:00. I was gonna post something but thought you should because you knew her a whole lot better than any of us. I'll truely miss the person the introduced me into the ACE community. :( She'll be missed by me and many more.

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