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Route 7 crash victim a dedicated BL teacher

ROGERS — Art Snyder loved being a teacher at Beaver Local so much that he continued to work there as a substitute teacher after retiring.

Snyder, 76, of Columbiana, died in a traffic accident south of town on state Route 7 about 3 p.m. Thursday. He was on his way home after working as a substitute teacher at Beaver Local.

Superintendent Eric Lowe said Snyder was a long-time Beaver Local science teacher, who continued to work as a substitute following his retirement in 2007.

“So he’s been part of the school community for 47 years,” he said.

While Lowe did not attend Beaver Local, he had gotten to know Snyder during his time there because he subs nearly every day. In fact, he visited with him some on Thursday.

“He was about as kindest-hearted a person you could find. He was also quick with a joke” and was loved and respected by all, Lowe said. “I think a staff person said it best: He was everyone’s grandpa.”

During morning announcements on Friday, Lowe spoke about Snyder, followed by a moment of silence in his honor and some personal tributes from staff members who knew him.

School counselors were available to talk with students and staff, and some took advantage of the opportunity.

“(Snyder) made the most of his time here. He enjoyed being here and we enjoyed him,” Lowe said.

According to the highway patrol, Snyder was driving north on Route 7 in a Toyota Corolla when he went left of center, striking a Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Angela Nail, 40, of New Waterford. He died at the scene, and Nail was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The accident remains under investigation. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected of being a factor.

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