In Memory of James B. Swartz
March 7, 2023
Resided in Endicott, NY
James B. Swartz, formerly of Endicott, NY, passed away peacefully on March 7th, 2023 due to complications from pneumonia at Sitrin Healthcare Facility. New Hartford, NY. James had just celebrated his 100th birthday at a party with family and friends on January 6th, 2023 at his daughter and son in law's home.
James was born in Moscow, PA, in 1923 to Lydia and James Swartz. James was a graduate of Union-Endicott High School and was an Air Force veteran of WWII. He remained in the reserve until he retired at the rank of Major. James was employed by IBM and retired as a manager after 37 years.
James was married to his sixth-grade sweetheart, Doris (Betikofer), for 61 years before her passing in 2008.
They married in 1947 and made many special memories with family and friends over the years. They enjoyed fun times in Florida, Sylvan Beach, at Vernon Downs Racetrack and the Turning Stone Casino. James enjoyed handicapping the horses and was a skilled Blackjack player.
James is survived by his daughter, Judy(Swartz) Kinney and his son-in-law, Andrew Kinney, both of Marcy, NY, his granddaughter, Amy (Kinney) Effinger, her husband Chad and their son, Grayson, of Long Branch, NJ, his grandson, Ryan Kinney, his wife Meghan and their son, Ryker, of New Hartford, NY. James was one of eight children and is survived by his sister Joan Luchetta of Florida and his brother Dick Swartz of Endicott, NY. He also has many nieces and nephews from both the Betikofer and Swartz families.
A special thank you to Dr. Chris Clark, Dr. Robert Fleischer and Dr. Sultana Razia for their care over the years. They each played a role in his longevity. A special thanks to Sherri and Grace who were so caring to my dad and became a part of special family moments. Thank you to those individuals at Sitrin who cared for and brightened my father's life. They know who they are because they know it in their hearts. A special thanks to Mary, also from Sitrin, who was a comforting and compassionate guiding light.
There will be no calling hours. Donations may be made to any organization which supports veterans. Arrangements are with the Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford.