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EDWARD ("EDDIE") SWAN Edward ("Eddie") Swan died peacefully in his sleep in Vero Beach, Florida on December 22, 2012 with his loving wife Jeanne at his side. He was best known for his infectious laugh, his kindness, and his brilliant mind. Eddie was born on March 21, 1927 in Coral Gables, Florida. Eddie graduated from Miami High in 1945, attended the University of Florida (where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha) and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1952. After graduating from law school, Eddie began his amazing legal career. He served as a Judge Advocate, United States Air Force, 1st Lieutenant with top secret clearance. While in the Air Force, he married his first wife Aileen, the mother of his six children. Eddie later served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida. He also served as the Assistant County Solicitor for Dade County and was later appointed by Governor Leroy Collins as an Assistant State Attorney for Dade County. Many in the legal profession would have considered this an amazing career. However, Eddie was just getting started; he was the Grand Jury Legal Advisor for three Grand Juries and served four years in the Dade County State Attorney's Office in the Homicide and Rackets and Fraud Division. In 1964, Eddie was appointed as the United States Commissioner, United States District Court, for the Southern District of Florida, and served until 1971. During his tenure as a Federal Judge, he presided over a number of very high profile cases, and set the first million dollar bond in the United States following one of the first arrests of a Colombian cocaine manufacturer. Eddie still was not finished. After leaving the public sector he continued in private practice in Miami with his son Michael at Swan Sheppard and Swan, and later in Coral Gables and Vero Beach with the law firm of Rossway Moore Swan. Eddie practiced law for over 60 years and continued his work for his clients until the last day of his life on this earth. Eddie always said that he wanted to "die with his boots on," and in fact, he did just that. In addition to his incredible work in the legal profession, Eddie was active in and a leader in numerous organizations, and he was honored for his tireless efforts. Eddie was the President of the Miami Junior Chamber of Commerce and was voted "Outstanding Young Man in Miami" in 1958 and awarded "One of the Five Most Outstanding Young Men in the State of Florida" in 1959. Eddie was a member of the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association, and the Board of Directors of the University of Miami Alumni Association. Eddie was President of the Miami Mid-Town Kiwanis Club, and served 23 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Barry University. Eddie was most proud of his work with Crime Stoppers. He was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and was elected to the nationwide Board of Directors, Crime Stoppers USA. Upon moving to Vero Beach five years ago, he immediately joined the Board of Directors of the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers. He was especially proud of the volunteer work he did with the Cold Case Division of Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar's office. Eddie also volunteered his legal services to Hibiscus Children Center and to the Progressive Civic League of Gifford, Florida. He was a devoted member of the 200 Club of Greater Miami and the 100 Club of Indian River County. He was also the President of the Ben Sheppard Foundation, named after his former law partner Dr. Ben Sheppard. When he was not working or serving the community, Eddie loved playing golf with his sweetheart Jeanne at Miami Shores Country Club (where he served as President), the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables and most recently at the Indian River Club in Vero Beach. His two holes in one (which he always claimed were pure luck) are still one more than anyone else in the family. Eddie is survived by his truly devoted wife Jeanne, his six children Edward Patrick Swan Jr. (the Honorable Nita Stormes), Kathy Swan-Fitch (JR Fitch), Michael Swan (Leslie Rossway), Tim Swan (Maggie Young), Dr. Maureen Swan (Frank Leavitt), Sharon Swan (Billy Charlton) and Aileen P. Swan. Eddie especially loved his six grandchildren Erin, Trent, Lauren, Patrick, Courtney and Sierra. The funeral to celebrate Eddie's life will be on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1750 Twentieth Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, Inc, P.O. Box 690144, Vero Beach, Florida 32969 or Hibiscus Children Center, 1145 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach. An online guestbook is available at Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012
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