Capt. Robert E. Snowden Jr.

04/29/2010 12:00 AM |

Capt. Robert E. Snowden Jr.

Capt. Robert E. Snowden Jr. of Cutchogue died April 21. He was 96.

He was born Dec. 25, 1913, in Brooklyn to Madeleine and Robert Snowden. He earned a degree in engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., and later worked for the Brooklyn Union Gas Company.

During World War II, Capt. Snowden served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He then flew as a captain for Seaboard World Airlines until retiring in 1973.

He lived in Garden City for 45 years before moving to Cutchogue. He was a member of North Fork Country Club and, according to his family, was an avid golfer, tennis player and bridge player.

Capt. Snowden was president of the Early Fliers Club and a supporter of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, to which, family said, “he contributed much of his own memorabilia.”

Predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Marjorie, in 2009, he is survived by his children, Barbara Ziegler of Pennsylvania and Robert III, of Cutchogue; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation was private. Arrangements were handled by Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Cradle of Aviation, attn: Carol Nelson, One Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530, or East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.