Harold M. Snyder, 84, of Fairfield, died March 19 at home.

Born on March 29, 1926, in Schenectady, NY , he was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Airborne Division with Occupation troops in France and Germany. After graduating from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, he worked with the Patent Office in Washington, D.C.

He earned a law degree from Georgetown University, and worked as a patent attorney for several businesses, including Westinghouse and Sohio Oil and became patent counsel for Dorr-Oliver until retiring. After his retirement, he co-owned with his daughter the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream shop in downtown Fairfield.

His interests included pottery, weaving, learning the German language, bird watching, coin and book collections, and reading, especially about the American Civil War and World War II.

Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Pfeffer of Fairfield; his son, David Snyder of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his sister, Eleanor Grossman of Bronxville, N.Y., and her children, Jan Rubens, and her husband, Josh, of New York City, and Susan Grossman-Nieves, of Bronxville, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Dawn Boulton, and her husband, Clint, of Trumbull, Richard Perillo of Bridgeport, and Heather Swint of Texas; his great-grandchildren, Sophie Perillo and Sean Boulton, both of Trumbull, and John and Harold Saragoza, both of Texas.

Funeral services were private. The Lesko & Polke Funeral Home in Fairfield handled arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 455 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880, or the Connecticut Audubon Society, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield, CT 06824. To sign an online guest register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com.