Swords , Paul
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Paul Stewart Swords, age 76, beloved husband of the late Agnes McCourt Swords, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2012 at Connecticut Hospice. Mr. Swords was a retired mathematics teacher from the Stratford School System. He served as the mathematics and science coordinator at Wooster Junior High School for several years before completing his teaching years at Stratford High School. Paul will be long remembered for the many hours of after school tutoring and the numerous house calls he made to students who were medically unable to attend class. Mr. Swords served in the U.S Army during the Korean conflict before he graduated from Southern Connecticut State University. He received his Master's Degree and Sixth Year Certificate from Bridgeport University. Paul was actively involved in high school and college sports officiating. He was a member of the E.C.A.C. for forty years where he umpired numerous NCAA Regional Tournaments. Mr. Swords was selected to work at the College World Series. Paul was a substitute umpire in the Eastern AA League and umpired spring training games when he lived in Florida. Mr. Swords was a high school umpire for 53 years and served as the Connecticut State Board of Approved Baseball Umpires secretary/treasurer for twenty years. Mr. Swords' major goal was to have every local chapter throughout the state treated equally and to always do what was best for high school baseball. Paul received numerous awards for dedication, recognition, and achievement including the Umpire of the Year Award from the Connecticut High School Baseball Coaches Association and the New Haven Diamond Club plus a West Haven Twi-light League Gold Bat Award. Bunnell High School Stratford named their annual baseball sportsmanship award in his honor. At the local level he served several years as the secretary/treasurer for the Fairfield County Chapter of Approved Baseball umpires. He is survived by his brother Bill of Niantic, a niece Lisabeth Swords of Wallingford, a nephew Will Swords of Florida, a niece Carolyn Chambess of Wakefield, RI and three grand nephews and a grandniece. A private memorial service will be held for family members. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Crohn's Foundation P.O. Box 18531, Hamden, CT 06518.Arrangements have been entrusted to the Galello-Luchansky Funeral Home 2220 Main Street Stratford. To celebrate a life, please visit us at www.galellofuneralhome.com.
- A Legacy of Compassion -
Published in Connecticut Post on Sept. 28, 2012