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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Jerry R. Swift, 79, of Friendship, New York

Jerry R. Swift

Jerry R. Swift, 79, of Friendship, New York passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019 after a short illness.

Born on October 7, 1940, in Wellsville, he was a son of E. LaRue and Vivian P. Robinson Swift. On April 7, 1962, he married the former Earletta M. Hobbs who survives.

US Army Veteran
Jerry graduated from Friendship Central Schools Class of 1958. He spent two years in the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia. His entire working career was spent with the United States Postal Service. He retired in April of 2007 with 48 years of service, spending the last 30 years as Postmaster of the Friendship office.

Jerry’s greatest love was the game of baseball and the New York Yankees. He was a left-handed pitcher and first baseman in high school and on the Alle-Catt League.

He went on to share his love of baseball by coaching many young people in Allegany County including Little League, Babe Ruth, Junior Legion as well as All Star teams in those categories. He also managed the Friendship Flyers in the Alle-Catt League.

In recognition of his efforts Jerry was awarded the “Guy Debo Memorial Award” for unselfish outstanding leadership with young players in the Buffalo News Suburban Baseball Association.

Jerry was a life member and Past Commander of the Friendship American Legion where he also was instrumental in forming the Sons of the American Legion Division.

Surviving in addition to his wife Earletta are
A Son LaRue E. “Sam” (Rebecca Dunham) Swift
3 Grandchildren Danielle (Chris) Cupples
Michelle (Gregg) Donica
Stacey Dunham
5 great grandchildren Luke Swift, Lily Cupples, Jackson Donica, Samantha Dunham and Gregory Dunham
A Brother Mark (Connie) Emery
A Sister Judy Roofner
A Sister in law Julie Emery
Six nieces and nephews

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Bruce Emery.

Friends may call at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street Cuba on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. and on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10-11:00 A.M. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Kirk Kirch will officiate.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship. Full military honors will be accorded by members of Friendship American Legion Post 1168.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship Little League, c/o Jeff Marks, 9 West Main Street, Friendship, NY 14739.

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