Colonel Harry Philip Snoreck, 88, passed away at 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday (September 28, 2022) with his wife and dog by his side.
Col. Snoreck was born in Chicago, Ill. on May 5, 1934 to John and Blanche (Ryan) Snoreck. He was a 1952 graduate of Lindblom High School in Chicago. Harry enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 17, 1952 where he served as an airman. On April 22, 1955, he re-enlisted as an officer and served his country as a pilot and commander for the next 27 years. He retired from military service in 1982 as Col. Harry Snoreck.
Harry received his EdD in Education Administration at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. During this time, he met his future wife, Marie T. Gilberti and they were married on June 5, 1985 at West Point. Together they moved to Stony Brook, Long Island, where he continued his career in higher education at SUNY at Stony Brook and subsequently became the Vice President for Administration at Alfred State College in Alfred. Harry retired in 2002.
Along with his loving wife of 37 years, Harry is survived by his children, Thomas Snoreck of Phoenix, Ariz., Karla Quinlan of Poughkeepsie, Stephen Snoreck of Andover, and Benjamin Snoreck of Buffalo; his sister, Pat Culp of Syracuse, Ind., a granddaughter, Emily; nieces, Patty Marlow, Dawn Bramwell, and Barbara Ann Pliska; and nephews, Bill Gerrity and James Campf-Eden.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Billy Snoreck, Chuck Snoreck, and Johnny Snoreck; and two sisters, Peg Pliska and Rosemary Gerrity.
Col. Snoreck achieved a long and decorated career in the Air Force. He served in both Korea and Vietnam. His decorations included the Legion of Merit (the sixth highest honor in the Air Force), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the National Defense Service Medal with one Device; the Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation.
Harry was a member of the Rotary Club in both Morgantown, W.Va., and Stony Brook. He was also a member of the Alfred Lions Club.
Harry had a full measure of kindness and gentleness. He was quick to help others. He enjoyed mentoring aspiring administrators and managers. Throughout his life, he did what he could to encourage others to achieve.
Harry enjoyed travel, music, dancing, football, nature and animals. He delighted in bringing pleasure into his wife’s life especially by encouraging her love of horses. Harry was especially gifted with children, no doubt due to his gentle disposition.
There will be no prior visitation. The funeral service for Col. Snoreck will be held on Friday (October 7) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Chapel at Alfred State College. Burial will follow at Bath National Cemetery with full military honors. A dish to pass celebration will be held at his home that evening at 6:00 p.m. for friends and family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be made to Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.