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BERNARD A. "BARNEY" SWARTZ

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SWARTZ, Bernard A. "Barney" 89, a retired transportation industry executive, died in West Palm Beach, Florida, September 12, 2012, after a long illness. Survived by his loving sons, Jerry (June Ann) and Mark (Ann-Marie), beloved granddaughter, Jennifer, devoted sister-in-law, Annabelle, and caring nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 65 years, Gwenne (Sher), his parents, Louis and Annie Swartz, sisters, Bessie Sherman and Helen Stern, and brothers, Hyman and Harold ("Heshy"). The youngest of five children, Barney was born in Boston, graduated from Dorchester High School for Boys, and attended art school at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on full scholarship. In WW II, Sgt. Swartz served in the 13th Army Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and instructor and as a flight engineer and gunner on a B-24 in the Pacific. Initially reported as MIA, he was one of only six survivors of an eleven-man crew after his B-24 suffered severe damage from enemy fire and was forced to crash land in the ocean. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After the War, Barney was married, had two sons, Jerry and Mark, and lived in Newton, MA. Employed in the automotive industry, Barney eventually became an executive in a major regional trucking company. Barney enjoyed his family, visiting relatives and friends and camping, fishing and boating in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Hammett Lodge (Masons) and the Fleet Managers Association (past president). After he retired to Florida, Barney became an avid wood carver, applying his artistic talents to carving birds, ducks and other woodland creatures for family and friends. Barney was always known for his sense of humor, good nature, loyalty and sense of fairness. A private memorial service will be held. Those wishing to honor his memory are requested to contact the or the .
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Published in The Boston Globe from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23, 2012
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