Clyde T. "Doc" Sweeley Jr., 92, formerly of 9 Beech Court in Lewis Run, passed away Sunday (Oct. 30, 2011) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born Oct. 24, 1919, in Punxsutawney, he was a son of the late Clyde T. and Grace Jones Sweeley Sr. On Jan. 18, 1947, in Lewis Run, he married Mary A. Zamberlan Sweeley, who survives.
Mr. Sweeley was a 1937 graduate of Smethport High School.
On Nov. 16, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a sergeant in Normandy, the Rhinelands, the Ardennes and Central Europe. He was a forward observer/radio operator for the 963rd Field Artillery Battalion and was awarded five Battle Stars. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 1, 1945.
Mr. Sweeley had been employed for 15 years at Mulhaupt Oil Co., then as a carpenter and millwork at Tuna Manufacturing Co. for more than 20 years, retiring in 1982.
He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Lewis Run, a lifetime member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department and active at the age of 82 as a fire policeman for traffic control. He was also a member of AARP. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and world traveler. As a woodworker, he built many cherished pieces of furniture for his beloved family and friends.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by four daughters, Karen (Ron) Ryder of Volant, Lucy (Donald) Patton of Gloucester, Va., Debbie (Tom) Lester of Penn Run and Tina Thompson of Clymer; one son, Bruce (Doris) Sweeley of Erie; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruth Moe, Hazel Weber and Elsie Walizer; and two brothers, Albert Sweeley and Robert Sweeley.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, where a Christian wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Lewis Run, with the Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church; the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department; or the
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 2 to Nov. 10, 2011