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John Swarbrick

PITTSFIELD John Howard Swarbrick, 72, of 63 Birch Grove Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at his home.Born in Charleston, W. Va., the son of Donald G. and Ruth C. (Cromer) Swarbrick, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and completed his Master's degree coursework at Union College, Schenectady. Mr. Swarbrick was employed by General Electric Co. and its successors, Martin Marietta and Lockhead Martin Corp. since 1965. He retired from Lockhead Martin in 2001 after 36 years of service as a software systems analyst. Mr. Swarbrick leaves his wife, the former Sharyl L. Radakovich whom he married Sept. 18, 1965. He is also survived by two daughters, Kimberly A. Swarbrick (Matthew J. Hamilton) of Pittsfield, and Stacey L. Swarbrick McKenna (David C. McKenna) of Andover, Mass. and four grandchildren; Caden, Ryanne, Arden, and Duncan; his brother, D. Edward Swarbrick (Iris Parham) and their daughter, Erin of Midlothian, Va.; three nephews, Bradley Radakovich (Beth), Jeffrey Radakovich (Vicki) and Jason Radakovich (Laura); and his faithful dog of 14 years, Sam. John was a very active member of Zion Lutheran Church. In addition to participating in Sunday worship as a Communion Assistant, he was an avid attendee & supporter of the Jazz Vespers service. He actively participated in the capital planning process. He formerly taught Sunday school, chaired a call committee, and he regularly volunteered for annual German dinners. An enthusiastic cook, he also periodically volunteered his time cooking for the Christian Center and the Springfield Rescue Mission. He was a long-time member of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, where he enjoyed swimming regularly. Spending his time with family & friends was his greatest joy. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for John Howard Swarbrick will be held Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Timothy Weisman, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Naperville, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in designation of the Capital Campaign in care of the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 23, 2014
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