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Patrick Christian Snavely

November 11, 1980 - June 18, 2020

Obituary for Patrick Christian Snavely

Snavely, Patrick Christian
Age 39, on Thursday, June 18, 2020 of Truckee, CA.

With our deepest sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Patrick Christian Snavely at his home in Truckee, CA, on June 18, 2020. Patrick was a central fixture in a large and loving family. He was a kind and generous person who will be forever missed by many. His strong character, independent spirit, and infectious laugh will be remembered by all who knew him.
Patrick was the beloved son of Peggy & Steve Snavely, brother to Laura (Owen Vaughn), brother to Eric (Maureen Mann), adoring uncle to Scott & Cormac, and grandson of Theresa V. Snavely, her late husband Christian M. Snavely and the late Irene and Robert F. Breen. In addition to his immediate family, Patrick was a cherished friend, mentor, and confidant to his extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Patrick’s story has an impressive collection of memorable chapters. With a life that began in Pittsburgh, his journey included public service as a volunteer firefighter, graduation from Upper St. Clair High School, an undergraduate degree from Tulane University, and an MBA from Wake Forest University. Patrick spent 16 years in commercial banking, had expertise in the financial markets and was most recently a small business broker in Laguna Beach, CA. His true passion for long-haul trucking was fulfilled by crisscrossing “the lower 48” a plethora of times in his Chevy pickup truck with the windows down and tunes turned up. He had an encyclopedic knowledge and love for all music and an inexplicable interest in 80’s rock star biographies. Patrick had an absolute devotion to his adorable nephews Scotty & Mac; dedicating an entire room to their comfort and joy at his Truckee home.
Patrick collected many friends along the way, nurturing relationships as a top priority. As a minor Instagram celebrity, he brought his devoted “tweepies” joy and laughter with his refreshingly honest, obscure, and always hilarious content.
Patrick’s passing will never erase the boisterous humor, moral convictions, immense heart, and sensitive nature he bestowed on his friends and family. In the quiet moments ahead, he will be remembered for his uncanny ability to reference arcane quotes from a vast library of classic movies and The Simpsons in perfect context and timing.
The funeral service will be private. On a future date, the Snavely family will host a reception for all to honor Patrick’s life. In lieu of flowers, Patrick would be pleased with your support for the “Patrick C. Snavely Scholarship Fund”, Tulane University, P.O. Box 61075, New Orleans, LA 70161-9986 or the mental health organization of your choice. Arrangements by John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.

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I worked with Patrick in the Wake Forest MBA admissions process and just re-read some of our email exchanges from 2007. I have fond memories of him as a student and extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
- Stacy Owen
Near the start of the Wake Forest MBA program, Pat, two other students, and I (his new professor) were going to lunch and we saw a Two Men and a Truck van. Pat commented that his furniture was being delivered by that company. On the way back to school after lunch we had to make a detour because that truck was stuck under an overpass near where we had seen it prior to lunch; the truck's roof was peeled back ... The next morning Pat said that was actually his furniture truck - he had splinters in his couch for 2 years. Pat's kindness, humor, intelligence, and generosity of spirit, made him a joy to know and teach.
- Jon Pinder
Peggy and Steve. I was so sorry to hear this news about your dear son. You will never forget him. I would be happy to help you in any way having been through my Matthew's death. God Bless Patrick. Cate Linn
- Peggy and Steve
To The Snavely Family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of Patrick. His story of his life is just wonderful of all he accomplished and did for other people with his short time on this earth. May you keep the wonderful memories your family has of Patrick in your heart and minds forever. Cindy & Al Dybeck
- Cindy Dybeck
Patrick was a student in my 8th grade language arts class at Ft. Couch Middle School. I remember him as an engaging young man. I am very sorry to learn of his passing. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family
- Karen Slaven
You were my best friend growing up and I will always cherish the memories we shared together. Your laugh was contagious and I always considered you to be the brother I never had. You brightened my days and lit up the room around every person you came into contact with, and I'm a lucky guy to have been a part of your life. I miss you and I will always love you Patrick Snavely
- Dan Juliussen

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