William J. Swartz Jr.

Wellsburg, Pennsylvania

1960 - 2021


December 30, 2020
Wellsburg, Pennsylvania


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William James "Pappy" Swartz Jr., 60, of Weirton, W.Va., formerly of Grapeville, passed away at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va. Pappy was born June 14, 1960, in Greensburg. He was the son of Joan Lorraine (Overly) Swartz, of North Port, Fla., and the late William James Swartz Sr. Pappy was Lutheran by denomination of faith. He retired as a school bus driver with the Norwin School District. Pappy was a volunteer with the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department, Jeannette EMS, Auxiliary Police and the Jaycee's. Many will remember Pappy for playing Santa making dreams of little ones come true and his dedication to the community as a firefighter, EMS and police. In addition to his father, Pappy was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila J. Swartz. In addition to his mother, Pappy is survived by his daughter, Teresa Bash and her husband, Joshua, of Weirton, two grandsons, David and Hunter Bash, a granddaughter, Sierra Bash, four siblings, James Swartz and his wife, Diane, of Jeannette, Janey Elias, of North Port, Fla., Wendi Crusan, of Hempfield Township, and Jeff Swartz and his wife, Jennifer, of Greensburg, numerous nieces and nephews, a great-nephew, special friends, Bob and Laura McGuiggan, of Ligonier, and his significant other, Dot Beech, of Jeannette. The CHAMBERS FUNERAL HOME, Wellsburg, W.Va., 3040737-3551, is honored and privileged to serve the Swartz family with a celebration of life at a later date at the Grandview Volunteer Fire Hall. Pappy will be entombed at Twin Valley Memorial Park with his wife. Pappy served the citizens of Penn Township for years. They appreciate pappy's dedication and his family's sacrifices during the time Pappy was a firefighter. Pappy has now became a guardian who will help watch out for all firefighters as they respond to emergencies. Please add or view condolences, photos and stories at www.chambersandjames.com.

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Jeff and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

I am so sorry for the family. Bill my only comfort is that you are with your Shelia now. Thanks for being there when I needed you.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I grew up with him and his family in Grapeville. We all had many good times together.
Marsha Kantorik Boring