STANLEY SNIDER Obituary (2022) – Wayland, MA

SNIDER, Stanley 94-year-old business leader, innovator, problem solver, Chairman Emeritus of Stanmar Inc. based in Wayland, MA, died at his home in Needham, MA on Monday, April 4, 2022. Stanley was the second of four generations to run the business. From the original family business, started by his father, Harry, Stanley established Stanmar, a business of which he was immensely proud and, later, happy that the next two generations of his family continued to lead and grow the business. Its hero was Henry David Thoreau, whose writings inspired him in his youth to pursue his quest for individuality – his willingness to swim against the tide, an attribute of Stanley’s whole life. Stanmar was a leader in the first generation of pre-engineered vacation homes after World War II. Always an innovator and problem-solver, Stanley anticipated the future, hence the title of his memoir “Mr. What If”. Stanley evolved his business into building suburban churches, YMCAs, and later vacation and residential communities (including the Mattakesett community in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, and The Farm in Chestnut Hill) and the Smuggler’s Notch ski resort in Jeffersonville, VT. He and his wife, Mary Ann, worked together to create these residential communities, excited to provide meaningful multi-generational experiences and lifestyles for others to enjoy and which continue to this day. As Stanley liked to say, “Community development was our business. Today, Stanmar is a leading designer and builder of facilities for private schools, universities, boys and girls clubs and country clubs and a developer and operator of unique island resorts. Stanley and Mary Ann loved to travel, particularly to Japan where they shared a passion for Japanese landscaping, culture and pottery; they enjoyed skiing and cycling, always meeting new friends along the way and giving meaning to others’ lives. They were avid art collectors and lifelong supporters of the MFA. Stanley conceived and created the Summer Institute on Martha’s Vineyard at the Hebrew Center in the 1990s – a think tank of speakers and topics intended to provoke discussion and fellowship in his favorite home – Martha’s Vineyard. Today, the Summer Institute is a strong organization with broad appeal and interest across the island. A graduate of Phillips Academy, Harvard University and Harvard Business School, Stanley continued to learn throughout his life. To keep his mind active year-round and to energize others, after his retirement from Stanmar, Stanley started numerous men’s chat groups in Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Jupiter, Florida, making new close friends at every turn. Stanley loved his family and is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann (Kane) of 68 years, his two sons, Mark and Jim, and their spouses, Gwenn and Terra and 6 grandchildren Oliver (Yaoyao Kelly), Annie, Matt, Pallas (Chris Ziporyn), Sage (Kevin Pereira) and Solon and 3 great-grandchildren, and sister Ruth Bernstein. His brother, Eliot Snider predeceased him. Funeral services will be held at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley on Thursday 7th April at 10.30am with interment to follow at Crawford Street Memorial Park, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury for family only. Shiva at The Farm at Chestnut Hill, 99 Florence St., Chestnut Hill, Building 60, Apartment 2-B, Thursdays 2-5pm and 6-8pm and Fridays 2-6pm. All participants must be vaccinated and boosted. Masks are optional. In lieu of flowers, keepsakes may be sent to: MV Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or the MV Hebrew Center, 130 Center Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www

Published by Boston Globe from April 4 to April 5, 2022.


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