Edward Brown Snyder, father-in-law to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, has passed away at 90, the governor said.
Snyder, the father of first lady Tammy Murphy, died Friday. In a statement, the governor called him a “proud member of the Jewish faith”.
Murphy, who is currently on a trade mission to Israel with his wife, said: “Ever the mensch, he left specific instructions for services to wait until our return. With heavy hearts and tears in our eyes, we will dedicate our presence in this holy land to his memory.”
Snyder, who lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, founded Checkered Flag Motor Car in 1964, according to his obituary. It’s one of the larges import dealers in Virginia, with 11 franchises and nearly 700 employees.
Snyder served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 to 1954. His wife, Jean Medway Snyder, died in 2017.
“We consider ourselves lucky and blessed to have been able to speak with him one last time, only twelve hours before his passing,” Murphy said in a statement. “He taught our family so much through his example and we will cherish his every lesson on a life well-lived.”
All six of us will love and miss him always. https://t.co/UHSYOfbwOB
— Tammy Murphy (@FirstLadyNJ) October 20, 2018
The Governor visited Germany before arriving in Israel on Saturday.
His office says the purpose of the trip is to “deepen economic, cultural, and political ties between New Jersey and Israel.”
Murphy was U.S. ambassador to Germany under Barack Obama from 2009-2013.
New Jersey is in Jerusalem! Honored to join hundreds of members of the Jewish Federations of New Jersey on our first night in the Holy Land. pic.twitter.com/p5Uv6kLOah
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 21, 2018
Murphy said taxpayers are not paying for the trip. An economic development organization funded by private industry called Choose NJ is paying his way.
The organization announced this week it’s opening an office in Berlin.
Murphy returns to New Jersey on Oct. 24.
While he’s out of the state Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor.
In JFK. I will depart shortly to Israel to accompany New Jersey @GovMurphy in his first overseas trip as Governor. In the agenda: @netanyahu, @yadvashem, @IsraelMFA, cyber security, autonomous vehicles, academic relations and much more.
🇺🇸 🛫 🇮🇱
— Dani Dayan (@AmbDaniDayan) October 18, 2018
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 20, 2018
(YWN / AP)