Former D&C sports columnist Bruno Sniders dies

Andy Lipari Friday October 3, 2014

 

Former Democrat and Chronicle sports columnist Bruno A. Sniders died Wednesday (October 1st) night at Rochester General Hospital. He was 78.

He was best known for being controversial and outspoken.

"Readers loved his style of writing which didn't hold anything back," said his stepson Tom Grassadonia. "When it came to his work as a journalist, he was known as a perfectionist."

Following his time with the Times-Union and Democrat and Chronicle from 1969-1980, Mr. Sniders did work on the radio at WVOR, hosting a sports segment called "Sports Beat." in the early 1980s. He then started his own media company called Alexander Communications.

Mr. Sniders' acknowledgments include: induction into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2002 in the Media category, winning the Rochester Press-Radio Club's Charlie Wagner Award for sports writing excellence in 1978 and was president of the Press-Radio Club in 1979.

According to his stepson, he was a cynic right up to his last day, but that's what kept him going as a columnist. On the afternoon he died, he talked about the state of the NFL and said, "I'm a journalist, so I have to be a cynic."

He was also known as a very caring man who was involved in charity work.

Mr. Sniders is survived by his three sons Eric, Curt (Kelly) and Mark (Kaitlin), stepson Tom (Jane) Grassadonia, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He also is survived by his partner, Lorraine Giffert.

There will not be any calling hours for Mr. Sniders, which was his request. Instead, donations to Lollypop Farm, at lollypop.org, will be accepted.