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United Way of South Hampton Roads expresses heartfelt condolences to the families of Edward B. Snyder and Emanuel “Manny” Anthony Arias, who passed away last week. Both Ed and Manny have left a lasting impact in the hearts of their families and our organization. We join a grateful community in celebrating their lives and the lasting mark they left on Hampton Roads.

As a proud supporter of the United Way, Ed embodied the spirit of philanthropy. Always leading by example, he passed down that spirit to three generations in his family, including his son, Stephen, who recently served on the Board of Directors at United Way of South Hampton Roads. Ed was a career businessman and knew kindness, loyalty, generosity and customer service were the essential elements of a successful business. As the founder of Checkered Flag, Ed also instilled a passion for giving and community service in his beloved employees. He will be forever remembered by his motto “Treat your employees right, and they’ll treat your customers right, and then customers will do the same to your company.”

Ed served as a member of the Tocqueville Society for 25 years. His United Way honors include the President’s Award in 1984 and the Spirit of Hampton Roads in 2017.

Manny’s support of United Way will leave a significant impact on our community. For 13 years, Manny was a Leadership Giver and member of the Tocqueville Society. Manny measured his wealth by the things that genuinely matter: love and humanity. He understood the power of high-quality education and was an active leader in ensuring every child in South Hampton Roads received the necessities needed to thrive in life and school.

“The legacy of Manny Arias and Ed Snyder will live on for years to come through the lives changed by their generosity and commitment to this community,” said Carol McCormack, resident and CEO of United Way of South Hampton Roads.

These two patriarchs of United Way truly embodied what it means to serve and to give back. We are humbled by their generosity, service and leadership. It is because of the support of Ed Snyder, Manny Arias and community leaders like them that we are able to continue our work in the community, and we are forever grateful.

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