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.
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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.