Paul Francis Swift
Swift, Paul Francis
PITTSFORD: Paul Francis Swift passed away peacefully on Monday, March 9th, 2009, in Clearwater, Florida. Born on July 31, 1923, in Salina, Kansas, Swift was one of six children born to Paul Swift and Cecile Gouffaut Swift. He was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati in Chemical Engineering. A World War II veteran serving in Europe and the Pacific, Swift writes about his training as an advanced engineer with Army Special Training Programs, saying "our slide rules were strapped to our belts as if they were our pistols."
Swift had a distinguished career with Eastman Kodak; serving his first years with the company in the Panama Canal Research Labs, researching the effects of climate on the film development process. When he retired in 1984, he was the Director of the Black and White Photographic Division, Research Laboratories. Paul went on to work 10 years as director of graphic arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology Research Corporation, and 5 years at IMAC, doing significant work with partners in Japan.
After retirement, Swift developed his interest in painting and continued to be a devoted reader of the classics. A mathematician, he worked on Number Theory until just days before he died. Instead of solving Sudoku puzzles, he created an equation that could solve any puzzle.
Swift, a devoted husband and father, was a faithful member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Pittsford.
Paul is predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis, his grandson, Jason, his sisters, Cecile, Margaret and Blanche and his brother, Joe. He is survived by his brother, Frank; his wife of more than 35 years, Nancy; his children Marianne Swift, Cecile Scott, Paul Edison-Swift (Sue), Marcia Cooley (Mike), Frances Swift, Janine Simpson (Kim Barhite), Kim Gerstner, Steve Swift (Ping), and Tammy McGloshen (David); 17 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and his sweet dog, Buddy.
Friends may call TODAY, 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10 AM at Church of the Transfiguration, 50 W. Bloomfield Rd. Pittsford. Interment at White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Al Sigl Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave # 300, Rochester, NY 14620 or The Church of the Transfiguration, 50 W Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534.

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Published by Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2009.
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I worked with Paul when both of us were working with Kodak in London, England, in the early 80's. He and I shared an office and I constantly enjoyed being with him and learning from him. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
William Cameron
March 16, 2009
I have known Mr Swift for the past 45 years both as a father and husband. And i have always admired his patience and kind and gentle nature. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Love, Sue
Suzanne Hryniw
March 13, 2009
I have far too many memories of Paul and the entire Swift Family to put them in writing here. But I shall respond to Franny's request that I share them with the family in writing and will do so soon. I remember Paul as a world-class gentleman and baby lover, among other virtues he possessed. We are very sorry your family has lost such a vital member whose love for all of you was legend to those of us who knew him.
Mary Claire Lyons
March 12, 2009
Marcy & Family,
My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do please let me know. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Kevi & John Willett
March 12, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Wendy Fetridge
March 12, 2009
Gustavo Zajia Jr
March 12, 2009
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