Mr. Richard E. Swift, 78, of Milford MA, died Monday (February 25, 2019) at Blaire House of Milford after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Barbara A. (O’Brien) Swift.
Richard was born in Milford MA, the son of the late Walter and the late Mary (Breen) Swift. He attended Milford public schools and was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1958. He was also a graduate of Boston College, Class of 1962.
Richard was first employed at Phillips Petroleum Company and then later as a sales manager at Dunn & Bradstreet Company for over twenty years. He had also served as a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Richard was a longtime communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Milford and had served as a member of the former Greater Milford Alzheimer’s Alliance and a longtime member of the Milford Lions Club. He also had served as a member of the Milford School Committee from 1982 to 1987. Richard also had volunteered as a member of the Big Brother Association, mentoring youth, and had volunteered as a basketball coach and referee.
Richard was an avid reader and loved to play golf with his many friends. He also was an avid fisherman and photographer. He loved to travel with his beloved wife and especially liked to be outside playing basketball with his grandchildren.
Along with his beloved wife of 55 years, he is survived by his 3 Children: Michael Swift and his wife Beth of Maumee OH, David Swift of Hopedale MA and Jacqueline Swift, wife of Teresa Mueller of Washington DC; also 6 Grandchildren: Jack Swift, Charlie Swift, Lena Swift, Joseph Swift, Sam Swift and Matthew Swift; and several nieces & nephews.
Richard was the brother of the late Walter Swift and the late Mary Keenan.
His funeral will be held Monday (March 4th) at 9am from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 19 Winter Street, Milford MA. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milford MA. Visiting hours will be Sunday (March 3rd) from 2pm to 5pm at the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham MA 02452.