Thomas Martin Swaney age 78 of Gibbon Glade, Pa, passed away October 14, 2021. He was born in Uniontown, Pa on December 4, 1942. He is the son of the late William Swaney and Jean (Kodric) Swaney.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons Thomas B. Swaney and Jason R. Delara, his brothers Leroy Swaney, Robert “Bugsy” Swaney, Berwyn “Jake” Swaney, and nephew Michael Swaney.
Left to cherish his memory wife Arlene (White) Swaney, daughter Jamie Chipps and son-in-law James Chipps of Uniontown, grandchildren Arlington Swaney and Alexandria Swaney, Ashley Delara, Jacob Delara, Jocelyn Delara and Mason Chipps, and one great grandchild Jay’Vier Williams. Also surviving is brother William Swaney, brother and sister-in-law Ed and Donna Swaney, sister and brother-in-law Helen and Charles Smitley, sister and brother-in-law Mildred and Sam Denny and brother John Swaney, along with several nieces and nephews.
Thomas was a 1961 graduate from North Union High School where he was an outstanding football player and lettered four years. He served in the United States Army Reserves and worked as a police officer in Washington DC for ten years and then was employed with U.S. Steel, which he retired from after thirty-three years. Thomas was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and a member of Hutchinson Sportsman’s Club.
Tom, affectionally known as “Guts” by his family and friends enjoyed his retirement hunting at his cabin, watching football, playing cards and enjoyed his evenings sitting on his porch with his wife enjoying the view from his home. Throughout his life Tom made many close friends who were like family to him, he enjoyed reminiscing of his football days and sharing his hunting stories with all.
There will be a celebration of life service on Friday June 3, 2022, at Thomas Cemetery 227 Brown Hill Road, Markleysburg, Pa, at 12:00pm to honor him. A military honors service will take place at the cemetery.