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Former Mayor of Warrington has died
10:20am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A LOVED former Mayor of Warrington, who dedicated his life to helping the community, died on Monday aged 87 at Brampton Lodge in Appleton.
Tom Swift, from Woolston, was a 'respected part of the community', who worked tirelessly to improve the area that he had lived in and loved.
Mr Swift worked as a Labour councillor for Woolston for 14 years before becoming the Mayor of Warrington in 1999 to 2000.
His granddaughter, Claire Barker said: “He was just such a gentle and kind-hearted person.
“He was a loyal man, both to his family and the community. He was a large part of the community life here in Warrington for 15 years.”
Mr Smith was born at the maternity home at Victoria Park, which closed down many years ago, on April 13, 1926, and lived on Tilley Street with his parents and his brother Pete Swift and sister Catherine Massey.
He attended Hamilton Street School, which is now occupied by St. Peter's Way housing estate, before moving to Beamont Senior School.
The former councillor signed up to the army aged 18, with the Royal Army Service Core where he spent one year in Palestine in 1944.
During this time, Mr Swift also received his wings from the Parachute Regiment after completing eight parachute jumps.
After three years in service, Mr Swift left the army to start a job as a welder for Warrington Wheels and later Barlow's until he retired aged 65.
Tom was married to Renee Swift and the couple enjoyed 67 years of marriage.
The ex-serviceman leaves behind his wife, one daughter, Susan Davenport, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
“He was always such a happy person and loved going on holiday. He would go to Benidorm twice a year,” said Claire.
“He always enjoyed life. He will be missed.”
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