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Frederick F.

July 16, 1938 – May 11, 2024

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Obituary for Frederick F. Swartz

In Loving Memory
Frederick (Fred) Frank Swartz
July 16, 1938 - May 11, 2024

Frederick (Fred) Frank Swartz, 85, of Parish, NY passed away at home on May 11, 2024. Fred was born July 16, 1938 in Syracuse, NY to the late Harold and Verna Swartz and was a proud graduate of North High School, Class of 1956.

As a boy, Fred enjoyed gardening, spending time with his family, his job as a paper boy, and running track. Fred went on to graduate from Syracuse University and shortly thereafter met the love of his life, Bridget, while teaching together at Lakeshore Road Elementary School in North Syracuse. Fred made his career as a reading specialist for the East Syracuse Minoa School District. He enjoyed being active in his community as a member of the Parish Planning Board, serving as the Parish Deputy Supervisor for fourteen years, and volunteering for the Parish Ecumenical Food Pantry. He was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Parish for many years and served as a lector and a member of the church council. He enjoyed his historic home on Main Street and was active in the Historical Society. Fred was a member of the Autism Society for many years and always fought to pave the way for his oldest daughter, Kathy, who was born with autism during an era when very few services were available. Fred enjoyed antiquing and tending to his shop “Parish Antiques and Collectibles” was a source of great pleasure and pride. Fred loved Volkswagens and the great memories of travels with his young family in a VW beetle, moving up to a VW bus and eventually to a pop-up VW camper. Fred was a friend to all, a kind man who loved and cared for his family, his community, and his pets. His faithful cats, Abigail and Arnold, were always by his side, and could often be found watching a Syracuse basketball game with Fred.

Fred is survived by his wife, Mary Bridget (Lyon) Swartz, children: Katherine Swartz; Colleen (Todd) Cicchetti; Laura (Sara Kass) Swartz; Jonathan (Brenda) Swartz; and Carrie (Jeremy) Wells. He is also survived by his brother, H. Thomas Swartz, and his grandchildren: Brandon and Patrick (Heather McLean) Cicchetti; Sophie Kass; Maxwell and Maggie Swartz, and Dylan and Lily Wells. He is also survived by his great-children Jonah and Oakley Cicchetti.

Graveside Services will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024 in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish, NY. Arrangements are in care of Harter Funeral Home, Inc. Parish, NY.
Memorial contributions can be made in Fred’s honor to the Parish Town Historical Society, P.O. Box 145, Parish NY 13131.

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Service Information

Friday, May 24, 2024 1:30pm
Pleasant Lawn Cemetery
Parish, New York 13131
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