Paul P. Snead, electronics repairman

World War II Navy veteran was self-employed

May 31, 2012|By Ellie Kahn, The Baltimore Sun

Paul P. Snead, a World War II Navy veteran and self-employed electronics repairman, died of kidney failure May 27 at the Dove House hospice in Westminster.

The Mount Airy resident was 86.

Mr. Snead was born in Pikesville, the son of a homemaker and a Baltimore police officer.

He left Randallstown High School to join the Navy, where he served as a radioman aboard a ship at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

After receiving his General Education Development certificate and an honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Snead returned to Baltimore, where he married the former Shirley Warfel, who had grown up near his childhood home. They had begun dating as teenagers.

"He was very devoted to her," said a daughter, Paula S. McKeever of Ashburn, Va.

He pursued an education in technology and began his long career in electronics repair.

Mr. Snead worked on a variety of electronic devices. He installed home alarm systems, sound systems and lighting fixtures.

"He did it all," said Mrs. McKeever. "He progressed as technology progressed."

In 1962, Mr. Snead and his wife moved to Ellicott City.

Mr. Snead retired and moved to Hedgesville, W.Va., in 1990. He moved to Mount Airy in 2006.

According to Mrs. McKeever, he enjoyed woodworking and built shelves, stands and other simple pieces.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Snead was an active member of St. Alphonsus Rodrigues Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.

In addition to his wife of 66 years and his daughter, he is survived by a son, William D. Snead of Centreville, Va.; four other daughters, Patricia A. Snead of Eldersburg, Anne M. Burkowske of Mount Airy, Kimberly F. Clare of Sykesville and Jane D. Scanlon of Mount Airy; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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