David Barlow Swift of Burt, NY, passed away on July 17, 2017 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, NY. He was born on April 15, 1947 in Lockport, NY, son of the late Robert and Genevieve Townsend Swift.
He was a decorated Vietnam veteran serving in the Army as a Spec 4 during the Tet Offensive where he received the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Soldiers Medal for bravery when he dove into a raging river saving the lives of Vietnamese children. After serving in the war, he returned to his position at Harrison Radiator where he retired. He had a passion for antique cars and was one of the founders of the Olcott Cruise Night. He also enjoyed boating and fly-fishing on Lake Alice and operated a booth at Gordy Harper's Bazaar specializing in classic vinyl records.
He is survived by his fiance'e, Cindy Culverwell of Burt, NY; his daughter, Amy Cummings (Lockport, NY); and son, Ronald (Wende) Swift (Appleton, NY); four grandchildren, Brooke and Jameson Cummings of Gasport, NY and Andrew and Kevin Swift of Appleton, NY; sister, Sue Ann (Douglas) Brown (Newfane, NY); step-daughter, Hayley Lippman (Burt, NY); several nieces, nephews; and lifelong friend, Richard Leddy of Murfeesboro,TN. He was predeceased by his brother, John Swift.
Friends and family may call on Thursday from 3-7 PM with funeral services to be held at 10 AM on Friday at Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, Inc., 2670 Main Street, Newfane, NY. Interment in Corwin Cemetery, Newfane, NY. Donations to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094 and Save A Pet, PO Box 114, Newfane, NY 14108 would be appreciated.
Please visit rutland-corwin.com to send the family a condolence.
Published on July 18, 2017