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10300 Richmond Road
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-3770
Fax: 804-333-0079
William Swift

William Buckner Swift

Sunday, October 31st, 1937 - Thursday, May 13th, 2021
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William Buckner Swift passed away peacefully on May 13, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Washington D.C. on October 31, 1937 and grew up in Arlington, VA. He attended Stratford Jr. High and Washington-Lee High in Arlington, graduated from American University and served in the United Sates Navy for eight years. Bill had a long and successful career in the banking industry. Upon retirement he and his beloved wife Betty of 35 years moved to their beautiful home on the Lake in the Northern Neck.

He was very active in his community, serving as President, Vice President, Secretary and as a Director on the board of Stratford Harbour as well in numerous activities throughout the community.

Bill was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He used his creative talents buildings dollhouses for his children and grandchildren and volunteering at the National Wildlife Refuge in Warsaw on the Rappahannock River. He enjoyed his days building ramps, bridges, platforms, clearing trails by the river as well as working with families building bluebird houses.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Delia (Paul) Mastromatteo and Andi (Mark) McCoy, his stepchildren David (Jen) Biren, Greg (Denise) Biren, Cheryl Biren and his beloved grandchildren, Jack, Ian, Frances, Lilyan, Savana, Payton, Blake, Brandy, Chris, two great grandchildren and his brother, Gary (Suzy) Swift. He was preceded in death by his first wife Frances Bankhead, his father, William H. Swift and his mother, Dorothy Davis Swift.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Rapppahannock Wildlife Friends – checks payable to RWF Friends, P.O. Box 1565 Warsaw, VA 22572 or to Kindred Hospice, 221 Duke Street, Tappahannock, VA 22560.
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Kathryn Owens

Posted at 03:01pm
I had the pleasure of working with Bill at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge where he and Betty volunteered tirelessly. I can't remember a time when I didn't see him smiling - no matter the season or chore, he always brought his positive energy with him. Thank you for sharing your good vibes and infectious smiles, Bill. You will be sorely missed. - Kathy Owens

Ann and Frank Graziano

Posted at 05:37pm
Bill was a very special person. He along with his wonderful wife Betty were the first volunteers at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife when it first started in 1996. Bill quickly joined the Board of the Friends group when it started in 2004. We worked together at the Refuge building observation decks, trails, Native Plant gardens and kiosks. Bill was always the one that made up the plans. He also testified before congress in support of a 460 million dollar bill that would help Refuge's support their Friends Group. The bill passed mostly because of Bill's wonderful testimony. Bill has also been a wonderful personal friend. I have been ill over the past two years and Bill called every other week to check up on me. Knowing that he and Betty were in my corner helped me make it through. Frank and I will always cherish the time we had with Bill working together on the Refuge.

Susan Johnson

Posted at 09:06pm
Met him every morning when I was delivering his newspaper. Always pleasant and nice. Will miss seeing him walking towards the lake beach area.

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