Leonard N. Synder, Grundy Foundation director and Bristol Borough advocate, retires

One of the biggest proponents of the Bristol Riverside Theatre, among many other projects in Bristol Borough over the past 50 years, is calling it curtains. Today, Leonard M. Snyder announced his retirement after 22 years as the executive director of the Grundy Foundation, and 26 years as a trustee.

In a release, the Grundy Foundation highlighted many of the improvements the town enjoyed through grants and Foundation efforts under Snyder’s tenure. They include the skating rinks being built at the Grundy Arena, refurbishments to the Grundy Library and Museum, and the land behind Mill St. being donated to a become parking area for the shopping district.

He also worked closely with Susan Atkinson, the founding director of the Bristol Riverside Theatre, to turn the then-shuttered movie theater on Radcliffe St. into the prominent live regional theatre institution that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

“Len has been a strong, inventive, and always inquisitive partner over the years. He has been a true gift to not only the theater but to Bristol. We are truly a very fortunate town,” said Atkinson in a statement.

Read the entire release here.

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