Thomas W. Swan
AGE: 79 • South Amboy
Thomas W. "Bucky" Swan, 79, of South Amboy passed away Friday September 6, 2013 at Madison Center, Old Bridge. Born in Newark he has resided in South Amboy since 1987.
Tom was the life of many parties and followed his motto - "life is not a dress rehearsal". He taught himself to ski and wind surf in his 50's and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane for his 70th birthday. Mr. Swan served his country in the Unites States Army from 1957 through 1959. Tom is a legend in the drum and bugle corps community, first as a solo soprano (trumpet) player with Saint Joseph's Cadets, Newark, and then the NY Skyliners.
He was a self employed music teacher of thousands of youngsters in corps in the NJ and NY metropolitan area from the 1950's through the present and was a respected performer, instructor and arranger. Tom was elected to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, the NJ Drum Corps Hall of Fame and the Buglers Hall of Fame. He was most recently arranger and instructor for the NY Skyliners Alumni Chorus and recently retired as the long time instructor and arranger for the NJ American Legion parade champions Melrose Blackhawks Drum & Bugle Corps.
He is predeceased by his parents Thomas & Eileen Trainor Swan. Surviving are his companion of 29 years Althea Mazar, his daughters Karen Adelfio, Audrey Durando and Maureen Swan-Layton, his sons Thomas, John and Kevin Swan, his sister Ann M. Mulligan and 12 grandchildren.
Cremation service will be private with a memorial services to be announced at a future date through the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at (www.spezzifuneralhome.com
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