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In Memoriam: Robert “Flute” Snyder
Robert Snyder—known to most people as Flute, for his love of and talent with the instrument—died this August. He was a frequent contributor to the LifelineLetter, and was known to many Oley members for the time he spent answering tube-feeding questions on the phone or by e-mail. “He had to have been one of the best networkers in the tube-feeding community,” writes his friend and fellow Oley member Dorothy Swann.
Flute was a retired music professor who ran a small engine repair business. He was well-known for his patience and wisdom. “I had great admiration for how he conducted his life,” Dorothy writes. “Flute was a compassionate and complicated man.”
Dorothy notes, too, that Flute was very inventive. In “Tube Talk” , Flute describes the pump he used for tube feeding. We are fortunate that Flute had shared this with us previously, along with other tidbits that we will publish in future issues of the newsletter with his family’s permission. We will miss his regular contributions to the newsletter and his presence, be it on the phone, by e-mail, or at a conference.
Jane Bent, another of Flute’s friends and also an Oley member, writes, “I met Flute a little over three years ago when I read in an article in ‘Tube Talk’ that he blended his own real food. I had been blending my own real food for my G-tube for five years and had never run into another tuber doing the same thing. I e-mailed him and we became fast friends. Flute was a person who, once you met him, it seemed like you knew him for a lifetime.”
Flute’s son, Bock, notes that his father “took great pride in the relationships he assembled through the Oley Foundation. He survived, or rather flourished, ten years beyond the doctors’ expectations greatly due to his desire to help others, whether through Oley or on a daily basis through his mower repair service.”
“In all of our interactions,” says Dottie, “I see a man with endless curiosity, inventiveness, compassion, adventure, humor. It is an honor to have known him.” Jane speaks for all of us when she concludes, “Flute touched many people’s lives with his kindness, support, and suggestions. He was a man who reached out to people in all walks of life. Flute will be greatly missed by all.”
LifelineLetter, September/October 2011