Elwin O. “Swick” Swicker, 89, of Townsend, Mass., Punta Gorda, Fla., and Acton, Maine, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Eddy Village Green, Slingerlands, N.Y., surrounded by his family, after a long illness.
He was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Townsend, the son of Elwin O. Swicker and Vera Davis Swicker.
Swick graduated from Townsend High School in 1943. After serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-24 bombardier, he attended and graduated from Tufts University in 1950 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. He later attended Fitchburg State College and received a Master’s degree in Education.
Swick started working at a very young age during the Depression, doing yard work for the Fessenden family of Townsend. Swick and his wife Ann were teachers at Spaulding Memorial School, and later North Middlesex Regional High School, for more than 30 years. He taught mathematics and history, and later became a guidance counselor. He sold real estate during the summers to put his children through college.
Swick was known for being very gregarious, and an active member of the community. He belonged to the Masons, the Couples Club, the Elks Club and the American Legion. He served on the Board of Assessors in Townsend for 30 years. Swick enjoyed playing tennis, and was a life member of the Hampshire Hills Racquet Club. He spent his summers fishing, boating and swimming in Maine. Swick loved traveling the United States with his family, and was proud to have visited many National Parks and all 50 states. He will be dearly missed by his family and many close friends. Swick and Ann spent many happy years in Townsend, and spent summers at Great East Lake in Acton, and winters in Punta Gorda, after retirement.
Swick is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ann Jandron Swicker; sister, Jill Swicker Crocker; his sons, Scott (Kelly) Swicker of Gloucester, Mass., and Dr. Stefan Swicker (Dr. Duncan Savage) of Delmar, N.Y.; his daughter, Stefanie Swicker (Natt) Dutton of West Townsend, Mass.; grandchildren, Aaron and Alexa Swicker, Anthony Burnham, Ashley Wolf, Kianna, Konnor and Kohl Dutton, Evan and Daniel Savage; and niece and nephew, Julie Hembree and Dana Hagstrom. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Janine Swicker.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, July 19, 2014, at T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main St. (Route 119), Townsend. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Charitable contributions may be made in his name, if desired, to The Eddy Village Green Activity Fund, 31 Beverwyck Lane, Slingerlands, NY 12159.
Swick’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all his caregivers at Eddy Village Green at Beverwyck for all the compassionate care given to Dad.