CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Former Green Township resident Kenneth Mac Lean Swisher, 61, son of William and Barbara Swisher, father of Matthew Swisher, passed away on Oct. 22, 2013, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla., after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his mother, Barbara; former wife, Jin; son, Matthew; daughter-in-law, Annie; grandson, Marley; and dedicated friend Luda Goldenberg. He was predeceased by a brother, Leo.
In his early years, Ken participated in gymnastics at Oak Park-River Forest High School. After graduating in 1970, he attended Cornell University and continued his gymnastics,where he helped his team to four Ivy League Championships. After graduating in 1974, he moved to Taiwan, where he met his former wife and married her in 1976. In 1980 he and his family returned to the U.S. so he could attend the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Ariz., where he graduated with a masterâ€™s degree in international business, summa cum laude.
His career took him around the world, and stationed him in Taipei, Taiwan, and Tokyo, Japan. He also served as delegate and translator for the Illinois trade delegation to the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. In 1989, he started Kenneth M. Swisher Assoc. Inc., in Randolph, an exclusive manufacturerâ€™s representative for Spraying Systems Co.â€™s products, and also served as an engineering and marketing office for spray nozzles. Over the years, his expertise and reputation led him to win the Pinnacle Award for top sales growth.
He was also active in the local community, where he served as president of the Green Township Board of Education, member of the Newton Board of Education, chairman of the Green Township Planning Board, coached the North New Jersey AAU basketball team, and Newton Middle School recreational basketball team.
Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Verandah Blossoms Boathouse in Fort Myers, Fla.
Friends and family are invited to sign Kennethâ€™s online guest book at www.akin-davis.com