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Anthony P. Snigier

January 16, 2018

Obituary

Anthony P. Snigier, 97, a lifelong resident of Raynham, passed away at home surrounded by his family following an illness, on January 16, 2018. He was the husband of the late Mary (Cap) Snigier.

He was the son of the late Adam and Victoria (Tomaszewski) Snigier, of Raynham. He graduated from Taunton High School in the Class of 1939. A multi-talented entrepreneur, he ran a farm, in Raynham, during his early adulthood and also owned a sawmill, in Raynham. During World War II, he was employed as a master machinist at Brown & Sharpe, in Providence. He was proficient at carpentry, plumbing, masonry and other trades. He built the house that he lived in with his family and later built another house when he was in his early 70s for his son's family. An accomplished auto mechanic, he established the Raynham Auto Clinic, in 1946, which later evolved into the Bear Service, Big Bear and Autowheel chain of auto repair facilities located in Taunton, Middleborough, Brockton, Fall River, Acushnet, and New Bedford.

He served as secretary of the Independent Garage Owners Association of Massachusetts and also served as a consultant to the Buick division of General Motors. Among his many inventions were a dashboard indicator for worn brake shoes and an innovative ventilation method for auto spray-painting booths. His son, John A. Snigier, is the current proprietor of John's Autowheel, in Whittenton. He also founded Happy Bear Auto Sales, which is currently owned and managed by his son, David J. Snigier, also located, in Whittenton.

He was the brother of the late Walter A. Snigier of Seaford, Delaware. He is survived by, a daughter Jean M. Snigier of Attleboro; and his three sons, John A. Snigier and his companion, Sandra Leonard, both of Raynham; Dr. William Sniger of Raynham; and David J. Snigier and his wife, Annette, also of Raynham. He was also the father of the late Paul G. Snigier and his widow, Barbara, formerly of Acushnet, and who currently resides in Florida. He was the grandfather to David Snigier, Jr., of Worcester, Joseph Snigier and his fiancée, Tegan Neustatter, of Watertown, and Rosemary Snigier of Taunton.

He was a communicant of the Holy Rosary Church. His family would like to acknowledge the help and support provided by Heidi Pinto and Donna Roche and Sandy Leonard who is a dear longtime friend of the family and would be often asked about.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., (Route 138 South), Taunton, on Monday, Jan 22, 2018, from 5-8PM. A Prayer Service will be held at 8PM.

Private family interment will be held in St Joseph's Cemetery.

Calling Hours

JAN 22. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA, 02780

Service

JAN 22. 8:00 PM (EST)

Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA, 02780

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