Sep. 18, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2013
Adrian Swain, 90, of Sarasota, FL, died on Feb. 7, 2013. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Sat., at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Sarasota, FL. Funeral arrangements by: Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home.
He was a loving husband to his wife of 24 years, Anne, and a devoted father to his four children, Cynthia S. Toale, Thomas W. Swain (RuthAnn), William A. Swain (Laurel), Kenneth C. Swain, and step-children Susan C. Erhart, Katie A. Hayes (Peter), David A. Luria (Sherry), Nicole L. Whiteford (Brad), and grandfather to Elise S. Swain, Michael Toale, William Patrick (Laura), Richard Toale (Sheila), Sarah Toale, and step-grandchildren Susannah Hayes, Kent Hayes (Lauren), Kelsey Hayes, Luke Luria, Ivy Luria, Tanner Luria, and two great grandchildren, Katherine Toale and Wyatt Patrick Toale.
Adrian was predeceased by brother Charles Swain, and sisters Nancy Davis and Joanne Carson.
Adrian was born in Beaver, PA. He served as a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force, in Italy, July 1944, and was shot down over southern France, August 5, 1944; he evaded capture with the assistance of the French Resistance.
He graduated from Penn State in 1948 and re-entered Air Force active duty the same year, flying B-29 reconnaissance missions from Okinawa during the Korean War
Adrian was an FBI special agent from 1952 to 1954. He married Phyllis Warren McGee in 1954, and raised four children. They worked in Sarasota as Realtors from 1955 to 1966.
From 1966 to 1970, Adrian was an CIA investigative agent stationed in South Vietnam and Laos. He was a DEA agent stationed in Bangkok, Washington D.C., and Miami between 1971 and 1982.
He retired and returned to Sarasota to work in real estate once again. After the death of Phyllis Swain in 1988, he married Anne Osborne Luria. Their 24-year love affair was a lasting and beautiful example to his family of true devotion.
He was a volunteer at Resurrection house and a long time member of St. Boniface Episcopal Church of Siesta Key.
Adrian will always be remembered for his gentle, kind, loving spirit and his unending devotion to family. He was generous in spirit and a great friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him well. Adrian was a humble man, a true unsung American hero. His family is incredibly proud of this, and will miss his easy smile, considerate ways, and charitable nature. Despite everything, Adrian was an optimist, and shared this gift with us. He always asked his friends and family how he could be of assistance. For this we will always be grateful.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242 or Resurrection House, 507 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236.