SWIDER, Frank A.
Frank A. Swider, 86, of East Hartford, loving husband for over 60 years of the late Helene M. "Pat" (Wasniewski) Swider, died peacefully on Monday, (March 4, 2013) at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his loving daughters and family. Born in Salem on March 8, 1926, a son of the late Edward and Caroline (Dzubia) Swider, he had resided in East Hartford for the past 61 years. Frank and his late wife, Pat, were the most devoted couple, an example to their children and grandchildren. Frank was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force during World War II. A pioneer in electronics, Frank was the owner and operator of the family business, "Television Service Corporation" in East Hartford for over thirty years until his retirement. Frank was a member and former officer of the East Hartford Lions Club. A devout catholic, Frank was a long-time faithful communicant of St. Christopher Church, East Hartford. A lover of the outdoors, he cherished their summers at Amston Lake, quiet times fishing and exploring with their children and then grandchildren. Raised on a farm, he was an exceptional gardener who excelled at starting seeds and raised seedlings and plants for family gardens, both vegetables and flowers. Frank was an avid fan of the New York Yankees who use to enjoy those "fun baseball nights" when they would play his wife's Boston Red Sox. Frank is survived by his three devoted and caring daughters, Beth Sullivan and her husband, Jim, of Stonington, Pat McLarney and her husband, Tom, of South Glastonbury, Chris Jackson and her husband, Ray, of Stafford Springs. He was a devoted, proud and loving grandfather to Megan Sullivan Young and her husband, Nick, Emily Sullivan and her fiancé, John Biederka, Katie McLarney and her fiancé, Rene Fiallos, Jim McLarney and his fiancée, Sarah Kane, Sarah Higley, Melissa Higley, Jenna Higley, and Christine Jackson. He also leaves a very special caregiver and companion, Maria Danaj; along with many nieces, nephews, former customers, and friends. Besides his beloved wife and parents, he was predeceased by six brothers, John, Joseph, Stanley, Walter, Edward Jr., and Michael Swider.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 8, 2013 (Frank's birthday) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher Church, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. (Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Friday morning). Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Frank's name may be made to the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033 or to the Connecticut Farmland Trust, 77 Buckingham Street, Suite #5, Hartford, CT 06106. The D'ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopo.com.