On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, Rory Thomas Snider, passed away after his brave battle with heart failure. Although his life on earth was much too short, it was abundant in love, faith, and courage.
Rory was born to parents Jeremy and Gabrielle Snider on June 13, 2022 at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He completed, what we lovingly referred to as, our “Neapolitan Trio.”…to clarify, our platinum blonde PJ, redheaded Noah, and brave brunette Rory. To look at Rory, you would never know the battle he was facing, he appeared perfect in every way.
Rory’s battle with heart failure began with a diagnosis of congenital heart disease at just twenty weeks in utero. Following his birth, Rory was granted three beautiful days at home where he was kept under the watchful eyes of his adoring big brothers, Paul “PJ” and Noah.
On June 29, 2022, Rory underwent his first open heart surgery in Hershey. The surgery took nearly ten hours, and while the corrective actions to his heart were successful, Rory’s heart proved too weak after bypass and he was placed on ECMO, a life support device. After twelve days on ECMO, Rory’s heart had not recovered…but his fight was not over.
July 11, 2022, Rory earned a Life Lion pin as he became the youngest person to be life flighted on ECMO. Rory landed safely at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and just two days later underwent his second open heart surgery to place a Berlin Heart device. This device, we had hoped, would be a bridge to transplant.
After 42 days in the hospital, over 20 hours of surgery, 20 days with an open chest, and countless pokes, tests, transfusions, and medications…Rory’s heart was just too sick, his fight was over.
Although Rory’s journey did not end the way we had hoped, we are incredibly thankful for his life. Underneath all of the tubes, wires, and machines, was the most beautiful boy with the brightest eyes and sweetest smile. He was a true testament to being a heart warrior.
Jeremy and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and specialists who took such immaculate care of Rory. Their dedication to his fight is something that will live in our hearts, forever.
Rory fights for a different cause now. He is our guardian angel. He’ll forever be an example of pure strength and perseverance, keeping the faith in unimaginable situations, bravery and unshakable love.
Fight on, fighter.
In addition to his parents and two brothers, Rory is survived by Maternal Grandparents, Ryan and Monica (Little) Crider of Chambersburg; Paternal Grandfather, Jere Snider of Fayetteville; Paternal Grandmother, Dawn (Kirkwood) Snider of PA; Maternal Great-Grandmother, Brenda Little of Chambersburg; Paternal Great-Grandparents, Thomas and Juta Kirkwood of Chambersburg; Paternal Great-Grandmother, Beverly Snider; Maternal Aunts, Mariah Crider of Chambersburg, and Alexa Crider of Ohio; Paternal Uncle, Matthew Snider of Fayetteville, and Rachel Snider of Philadelphia. He is also survived by many loving great aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by Maternal Great-Grandparents, Glenn and Jeannette Crider; Maternal Great-Grandfather, Paul Little; Paternal Great-Grandfather Jere Snider; Maternal Great- Aunt, Jenny (Little) Krantz; and cousin Brittany Shoap.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, August 8, 2022, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg, PA, celebrated by Fr. Allan Wolfe.
Burial will follow in Corpus Christi Cemetery, Chambersburg.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the narthex of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Conquering CHD.org online here.
Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, Greencastle, PA, is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.