The Rev. W. Harold Snape, 81, former director of Goodwill Industries of Washington and retired associate minister of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, died Thursday at his home in Bethesda after a stroke.

Dr. Snape came to the area in 1936 as director of Goodwill Industries of Washington, a position he held until 1960. During this time, he also served as head of the training school for Goodwill Industries executives.

He was a Navy chaplain during World War II.

From 1961 to 1962, Dr. Snape was recruiting and training director with Goodwill Industries of America. He became director of Goodwill Industries of Baltimore in 1962, and held that post until he retired in 1965.

Returning to Washington that year, he became associate minister of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, a post he held until retiring a second time in 1971.

Dr. Snape was a native of Chicopee Falls, Mass. A graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., he received an honorary doctorate from that school in 1960. He was ordained a minister at Boston University's School of Ministry.

From 1926 to 1936, he was director of Goodwill Industries in Springfield, Mass., while serving as minister of Springfield's First Methodist Church.

Dr. Snape was a member of Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, the Military Chaplains Association, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the National Rehabilitation Association.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary W. Snape of Bethesda; a son William H. Jr., of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Mary Lou Beck of Dallas, Tex., and Janet E. Snape of Bethesda; two brothers, Kenneth, of Chicopee Falls, and Ralph, of Rockville, and five grandchildren.