Montville - John G. Swicklas Sr., 99, of Uncasville, left his earthly body on July 7, 2012, at Greentree Manor, Waterford, surrounded by much love, admiration, and support. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Helen K. (Guida) Swicklas.
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Born in Terryville, on April 29, 1913, John was the eldest son of the late George L. Swicklas and the late Rose (Martunas) Swicklas.
John's heartfelt dream to be a Connecticut State Police Trooper became reality as the Class of 1942. At 99+ years, John was proud to be the oldest Connecticut State Police Trooper and believed to be the oldest state trooper in the United States. Sgt. Swicklas retired in 1962 from the Canaan Troop, to best provide a college education at Villanova for his son. John had also served many years at the Litchfield Troop. In 1950, he was awarded the CSP highest award for bravery for his part in the shoot-out and capture of two bank robbers. Trooper Swicklas marched with the CSP Color Guard for many years as a flag bearer, joking that they "followed the Governor's Horse Guard which made for some interesting items dropped in our paths."
After retirement, John worked in insurance and real estate and was mayor of his hometown. He served on many town committees and commissions and was instrumental in the realization of the first industrial park which is located at Swicklas Court.
He earned awards for his dedicated volunteer work and only resigned from the commission in 2006 when his beloved wife, Helen, became critically ill.
John was a state legislator and worked diligently to assist Gov. Ella Grasso before and after her election. There was always someone on the phone or at his kitchen table seeking advice or a trust-worthy friend. John could always be counted on; his integrity was legendary. One of his favorite quips, "Honest as the day is long, pure and holy as the driven snow, available for small jobs on the side." He leaves behind a lifelong fervor for the New York Yankees.
John is survived by and lived with his daughter, Sharon Swicklas-Wilkie and son-in-law, Glen A. Wilkie for the last five years. He is also survived by his son, John G. Swicklas Jr., of Terryville.
John was predeceased by his sister and his younger brothers.
Memorial donations may be made to Connecticut State Police Alumni Association (CSPAA) or Museum Fund (CSPAAMEC), PO Box 1945, Meriden, CT 06450.
Calling hours will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Woyasz and Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville, with a service at 5 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at the Montville Polish Club, 85 Maple Ave., Uncasville.
Published in The Day on July 10, 2012