A long time resident of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 24, 2013, in Wilton, CT. He was 87 years of age.
Mr. Swett was born on September 1, 1925 in Brewer, ME to Earl and Helena Swett. He was both an accomplished athlete and avid Eagle Scout in his youth. He graduated from Brewer High School in 1943 and attended Harvard University
prior to serving in the Navy during World War II
. During the war he served on the ship the Earle B. Hall, was stationed in the Pacific Theater and rose to the rank of Navy Lieutenant. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
His long and distinguished career spanned four decades and three continents. He began as an engineer at Walworth Valve Company in Greenburg, PA. Shortly thereafter he took a position in Wilmington, DE with Hercules Power Company, where he worked for more than 44 years rising through the ranks from entry-level engineer to senior executive. During his tenure at Hercules he moved a total of 19 times, which included 10 states and 3 countries. He was Plant Manager of Dawood-Hercules Plant, Lahore, West Pakistan; Plant Manager of Hess/Hercules. St. Croix USVI; President of Taiwan Polypropylene in Taipei, Taiwan; General Manager of Petrocel in Tampico, Mexico. He retired from the work he loved at the age of 75.
Upon retirement Mr. Swett returned to Wilmington, DE where he stayed active by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, driving a school bus and working in his yard. He loved his wife, his family and his friends. He enjoyed traveling the world, learning new things and building things with his hands. His golden retrievers, Winston and Harley, were always by his side.
Mr. Swett is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances; their children John Swett of Akron, OH, and Thomas Swett of Ridgefield, CT; their 5 grandchildren and their 2 great grandchildren.
A reception and memorial service will be held on Saturday March 9 10am at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pile, Wilmington, DE. The internment will follow at Lower Brandywine Cemetery, Route 52.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars
, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64111.