Harvey L. Sneideman

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 9:45am

Boothbay Harbor, Maine resident Harvey Louis Sneideman died peacefully on Sept. 5, 2019 at the age of 78 surrounded by family.

He was active until the last few days of his life, boating in Boothbay Harbor, crafting in his garage workshop, tending to his beautiful garden, and enjoying summertime in Maine with his wife of 49 years, Annemies Sneideman.

Harvey was born on June 14, 1941, in Plainville, Connecticut to William and Vera Sneideman. A skilled baseball player, he played both in high school and in college. He graduated with a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Connecticut, and he continued his acting and directing studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. He became a professor of theater at Longwood College (VA), and later also taught at UConn. 

While teaching at UConn he met Annemies (Angie) Bergraat. They married and had three children together, Michael, Tamara and Joshua. They settled in Canton, Connecticut to raise their family and Harvey turned his attention to woodworking, eventually opening up a small business called The Wooden Toy that he ran alongside his mom and dad.

In 2005, Harvey and Angie retired to Maine. Harvey truly loved Boothbay Harbor with all of his heart. You could find Harvey on a daily basis walking his dogs at the local preserves and Ocean Point, reworking materials he found at the town dump, golfing, puttering in his garage, taking care of his gardens, or letting his grandchildren have the run of his workshop.

Harvey, like his father William, was a dedicated UConn Huskies basketball fan and watched every game. An avid baseball/softball player in his early days and in his later years, Harvey’s other hobbies included photography and gardening. He shared many a soft-serve ice cream with his beloved dogs over the years: Gambit, Jingles, Trouble, Ernie, Wally, Tigre, and Paco.

Harvey is survived by his spouse Annemies Sneideman; oldest son Michael Sneideman, daughter Tamara Duncan, son Joshua Sneideman; and six beautiful grandchildren: Jonah Harvey Burns, Sadie Nan Duncan, Mya Elena Sneideman, Eva Kalista Sneideman, Flora Katherine Duncan, and Lia Rose Sneideman.

The family will be holding a private service at Beth El Cemetery in Hamden, Connecticut on Sunday, Sept. 8.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Midcoast Humane Society: