Six year ago today the Thrashers’ community lost one of their beloved citizens. On October 5, 2003, Dan Snyder pass away from the injuries incurred during the car accident five days earlier. Teammate Dany Heatley was at the wheel of the Ferrari 360 Modena as it collided with a wall on Lenox Road the night of September 29.
We will always remember the feeling of great loss and sorrow during that time as a young man’s life was taken far too soon and we will always remember the tears we shed during the tribute to Snyder before the season opener just a few days later. To that point, the Blueland Chronicle’s Razor Catch Prey offered up these fine words to mark the 6th-year anniversary of his passing.
Since that fateful day, we in Thrasherville have always recalled the life of Danny Snyder…and that is as it should be. However, I hope that you will also remember the example of mercy and grace that was displayed at that time by his parents, Graham and Lu Ann Snyder. In the darkest, most agonizing days of their lives, they reached out the one who was driving the car that evening and embraced him and his family.
Most people certainly could have justified any resentment they would have held for the person deemed responsible for the untimely death of their son. But instead, they lived the convictions of their faith and of their beliefs and moved to ministered to the heart, mind and soul of Dany Heatley in a manner that only they could have…treating him as they would their own son.
As the father of two sons in their teenage years, I must confess…as I think of how Mr. And Mrs. Snyder responded and acted during their time of grief, I am not sure I could act in the same way they did. And for that, I will always be humbled and in awe of how they presented themselves when no one would have blamed them for acting otherwise.
I will never forget that…and I hope you will not either.
May God continue to bless the soul of Dan Snyder and may He always hold near to Him his parents, family and loved ones who survived him.