Emmett Joseph Sweeny Jr., 82, Inverness, Fla., died Jan. 11, 2014, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Mr. Sweeny was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Pearl River, N.Y., to the late Emmett and Irene Sweeny Sr. He retired from the Southern Bell Telephone System in Miami and Orlando following 26 years of service. He also worked at Disney World as an attraction host. Emmett served our nation proudly in the U.S. Navy and was the third generation to be a member and past fire chief of the Nanuet Volunteer Fire Department.
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Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 41 years, Susan (Miltgen) Sweeny; eight children, Garry M. Sweeny, Summerville, S.C., Darryl P. Sweeny, Covington, Ga., Bryan E. Sweeny, Summerville, S.C., Emmett B. Sweeny, Raleigh, N.C., Michael J. Sweeny, Mobile, Ala., Patricia A. Black, Summerville, S.C., Sean K. Sweeny, Kissimmee, Evan J. Sweeny, Albion, Ill.; one brother, Robert Sweeny, Theodore, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Emmett's life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home followed by military honors rendered by VFW Post 7122. Interment will follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m., until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 34450
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 15, 2014