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Obituary Condolences

Captain Thomas Van Swearengen


Captain Thomas Van Swearengen, 74, of San Francisco, California, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Born in Jefferson City, Missouri to Erline and Walt Swearengen he grew up in Missouri, graduated from Amherst College, but lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 50 years.



Tom joined the Navy in 1963, earned his wings in 1965, and retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of Captain, in 1989. While working in banking and financial services Tom also earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California. Tom was a hospice volunteer, an active member of Rotary International for more than 30 years, and was deeply involved with teaching and vocational programs at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California.



Tom was passionate about Opera and was a season ticket holder to the San Francisco Opera for more than 40 years. He enjoyed Wagner, Britten and Puccini and attended performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco, New York, and Seattle at least 8 times. Tom’s passions did not stop there; they included sailing, traveling, faith, college football, human rights, and most of all, his family.



Survived by his wife of 3 years, Patricia Craig Swearengen, former wife, Nancy Casebolt Swearengen, daughters Elizabeth Cerullo and Molly Marion, son Stephen Swearengen, grandchildren Zachary and Dominic Finkel, Kirby and Walter Marion and Juliana and Liam Swearengen. Tom’s positive attitude and joie de vivre will be missed greatly by all who knew him.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 16, 2013 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland. Tom asked that, in lieu of flowers, a gift in his memory be made to Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 or to Save the Bay, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland, CA 94612.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2013
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