Thomas William Swan, IV of Beaver passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in West Pittston, PA on June 6, 1927 he was a son of the late Robert Kenneth and Mae Llewellyn Swan. Tom grew up in Sewickley, PA and at age 17 while a senior at Sewickley High School enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving 15 months and was Postmaster aboard the USS Oberon, an attack cargo ship. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Victory Metal, Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Tom graduated in 1950 from Westminster College, New Wilmington, from where his grandfather, Thomas William Swan, III, graduated. His grandfather served as pastor of the New Brighton Presbyterian Church from 1897 to 1908. After graduating college Tom began an extensive sales career working for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Coppertone, Corp., Q-Tips Corp., Thuron Industries, Tensor Corporation and Hunter Fan Company. Tom owned and operated Tom Swan Associates Sportswear Company and had owned a Suzuki motorcycle dealership. After moving from Denton, Texas in 1991 Tom began acquiring and managing several residential real estate properties in the Ambridge area. Tom also obtained his Real Estate Salesperson license in 1997.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 1990 by his first wife, Phoebe MacPhee Swan, a brother, Jon Llewellyn Swan, and a sister-in-law, Anne R. Swan.
Tom was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca, where he served as a member of the Finance Council for several years. In 2015 Tom and his wife, Valerie, were awarded the Father Marcus O’Brien Service Award by Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 27 years, Valerie E. Swan; daughter Llewellyn Swan Prater, PhD, and her husband Reverend Paul Ross Prater of Dallas, TX; daughter Heather MacPhee Swan of Denton, TX; grandson Dylan Ross (Taylor) Prater of Dallas, TX; grandson Lane Lukens (Julie) Prater of Wylie, TX; step-daughters Lisa M. (Jeffrey) Morgan of Cape May, NJ; Kristina L. (Andy) Mine of Beaver Falls; and Heather R. Matuszewski of Beaver Falls; step-grandsons Dominic A. and Andrew S. Mine of Beaver Falls. Tom is also survived by his great-grandchildren Peyton Thomas Prater, Judd W. and June L. Prater; a brother Robert S. (Cassandra) Swan, Pasadena, CA; sister-in-law Dorothy Hunter, Miami, FL; brother-in-law Gregory (Charlotte) Estermyer, Plano, TX; sister-in-law Janese Whitelaw, Sebring, Fl; and sister-in-law Diane Swan of Ft. Myers, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 3 to 7 pm at the Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, (724) 728-4000. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:30 am in St. John the Baptist Church 1501 Virginia Ave., Monaca, with Fr. Michael Roche as Celebrant. Friends are asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chippewa.
The family extends their sincere gratitude to Dr. William Slemenda and staff, Dr. Richard Cassoff and staff, Gallagher Home Services, especially our “Gallagher Girls” – Darcie, Amy, and Brittany; Dr. David Vasil of Heritage Hospice and nurses Robert and Michelle; and a very special thank you to Deacon Anthony Giordano, our friend and constant support.
The greatest tribute to a man’s life is not only his love for God, his family, and friends, but the love and respect that are returned to him. You taught us what love is.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to St. John the Baptist Church, Catholic Charities Beaver County, or a charity of your choice.
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