- December 4, 2012
- Newtown, Pennsylvania
of Wilson 's Passing
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Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.
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“N.Lincoln Avenue was part of Mr. Swayze's walks around town. Whenever he was walking past my house and I was out working in the yard, he would stop...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Torie Lutz Redington - Newtown, PA
“Dear Barbara and Family,
I do remember you from my days at St. Andrew's. It has been a long time, but I just wanted to extend my sincere sympathy...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Fr. Richard Davis, TOR - OH
“I'm as too very sad about Wilson's death. I'm was his grand daughter(Jackie's daughter). I miss him very much. I loved him to death but now he is...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Elizabeth keck - pennington,NJ, NJ
“I am very saddened to hear of Wills passing.My deepest sympathy for Barbara and family. I provided fertilizing treatments to Wills lawn for the past...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Joe Linsky / Joe The Lawn Guy - PA
“With my deepest sympathies to the Swayze family and with very warm regards to Barbara, I want to express my sadness over the passing of Will.My...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Dan Shaw
“When I was younger, I remember Uncle Will as having a good spirit. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and seemed to really enjoy life. He...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Peggy Pike-Burgess - Middletown, DE
“As stated in Mr. Swayze's obituary, he loved to mow his lawn.One of my fondest childhood memories are when he lived in Holland and every Saturday...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Lynda Snuffin Collins - Yardley, PA
Wilson D. Swayze passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Wilson was born on Chancellor Street in Newtown, PA, the town he called home for his entire life. After graduating from Newtown High School in 1941, Wilson enlisted in the Air Force the following fall, serving in the 15th Air Force and flying 50 missions as a nose gunner in a B24 bomber. His missions began in North Africa and ended in Italy where missions to Germany were staged. He was in the lead B24 that bombed Ploesti, Romania where the oil refineries were located. As the nose gunner of "Leap year Lady," he was the first man over Ploesti, a major battle of the war. Upon his return to the States, Wilson rekindled his romance with his high school sweetheart Barbara Lefferts, who lived at 106 North State in Newtown. Barbara and Wilson were married in St. Andrews Church on Sept 9, 1947. He had a 40 year career with Peco Energy, beginning as a lineman and ending in management. Wilson spent much of his time sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, walking, sitting in downtown Newtown, and working on his property. He especially loved cutting grass.
Wilson is survived by his wife Barbara of 65 years and his children: Wilson Daniel of Plano, Texas, Christopher and his wife, Cynthia, of Marco Island, FL, Robyn Stanton of Newtown and Jacqueline and her husband, Robert Keck, of Pennington NJ. Wilson is also survived by his grandchildren: Steven Oller, Rebecca Swayze, Jason Oller, Hannah Swayze and Elizabeth Keck.
Relatives and friends are invited to Wilson's Life Celebration on Sunday, December 9 from 3 to 5 PM at the Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, 323 E. Washington Ave., Newtown and on Monday, Dec. 10 from 10 to 11 AM and to his Mass on Christian Burial at 11 AM at the Olde Church of St. Andrew, 123 S. Sycamore St., Newtown. Interment will be private.
To share your fondest memory of Wilson please visit www.lifecelebration.com