Raymond G. Swartz Sr., 94

Bendix production manager

June 06, 2007

Raymond G. Swartz Sr., a retired production manager and postal worker, died Sunday of a blood clot at the Bel Air Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 94.

Mr. Swartz, who would have celebrated his 95th birthday in three weeks, was born and raised in Camden, N.J. He served in the Army Air Corps as a private from 1930 to 1933.

He was married in 1936 to Mary L. McGuigan, and two years later moved to Baltimore.

In 1938, Mr. Swartz went to work for Bendix Corp. on East Joppa Road in Towson. Though he received a military deferment during World War IIbecause he was engaged in essential defense work, he enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a machinist's mate in Hawaii.

After the war, he returned to Bendix and worked there until retiring in 1973. On a dare from two of his sons, he applied to work as a seasonal postal worker at the main post office on East Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore at Christmas in 1973.

"His two sons didn't get hired, but he did. He worked on a mail-sorting machine for five years until retiring a second time in 1978," said a daughter, Janet C. Swartz of Cockeysville.

He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by traveling to Ireland to explore their family roots; they later enjoyed a trip to Hawaii.

Mr. Swartz enjoyed crab feasts with family and friends and taking long Sunday drives on country back roads.

"He also politely listened to Beatles music when he drove us to school when we were kids," his daughter said.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the chapel at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

Also surviving in addition to his wife and daughter are two sons, Russell J. Swartz of Westminster, Randall D. Swartz of Perry Hall and Robert M. Swartz of Fallston; another daughter, Joanne S. Creamer of Hunt Valley; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Another son, Raymond G. Swartz Jr., died in 1978.

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