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Chuck Snyder Remembrances

In honored memory of Chuck Snyder, President and CEO, National Cooperative Bank (NCB) who passed this weekend, from 1worker1vote:

This is very sad news for the U.S. cooperative community and for all who care about building a fair & sustaining socioeconomic construct based on cooperative values and practice stopping inequalities and exclusion at the gate. Chuck came from Reading, PA, never forgot his working-class roots and understood to the core of his DNA that his mission was to “stick up for the little guy (generic)” as he stated every time we met.

Chuck’s two, historic interactions with Mondragon that he led and inspired were the NCB/Laboral Kutxa MOU, and New Economy Issues Roundtable (September 4th-5th, 2013), and the July 2016 Learning Mission to Mondragon. Big events that were and still are unique in the history of both Laboral Kutxa and NCB – with a “it takes a village” cooperating transatlantic team behind each of them.

Great loss to all in this struggle but also great life lived. Now we take the time needed and earned to honor and miss this good man.

Additional remembrances:

NCB and the Co-op Community Mourn the Loss of a Co-op Hero | NCB: “…a passionate advocate of cooperatives and true believer of people helping people.”

In memory: Chuck Snyder was a passionate and tireless advocate for cooperatives | NCBA CLUSA: “…served as an inspiration to mission-driven organizations everywhere.”

Chuck Snyder, Head of NCB and a Co-op “Hero,” Dies at 68 | Habitat Magazine

Laboral Kutxa telegram to NCB

Amalgamated Bank Tweet: “…he worked tirelessly to advocate for socially responsible banking & principles.”

In Memoriam | Everything Co-op:

The entire team of Everything Co-op wishes to express our deepest sorrow at the passing of Charles “Chuck” Snyder, President/CEO of National Cooperative Bank. Chuck joined the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) in 1983, before being named as President and CEO in 1992. Throughout his professional career he remained an ardent supporter of cooperatives, and is deeply loved and respected by the entire cooperative community.

Chuck was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2012, and received the Jerry Voorhis Award from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives for his long-standing commitment to affordable housing cooperatives. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award presented by the Consumer Federation of America for his commitment to consumer rights.

NCB has sponsored Everything Co-op since its inception more than eight years ago, and Chuck was instrumental in garnering that support. We have truly appreciated the support and guidance provided from NCB, and the Advisory Team he coordinated. As such, we would like to pay tribute to Chuck, and want to enlist your voices to express our communal love for him.

Therefore, we invite you to send your remembrances of him to us by posting it in the Submit a Show Idea section on the Everything Co-op Contact Us page. Here’s the link: https://everything.coop/contact-us/ Then, we will dedicate an upcoming show to commemorate Chuck by sharing your words of remembrance.

Condolences from the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA):

Dear Ms. Huddleston, It is with shock and regret that we at the International Cooperative Alliance have received the sad news of the untimely demise of Chuck Snyder, CEO of the National Cooperative Bank. Chuck Snyder will be remembered for his determination, commitment and leadership. The Cooperative Community has lost one of his own, an outstanding friend and a committed colleague. Chuck Snyder has left us too soon. On behalf of the ICA and on my own behalf, I convey my heartfelt condolences to you, and through you to his family, relatives, friends and colleagues.

Bruno Roelants, Director-General, International Cooperative Alliance
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