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“Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Please allow the comfort from God, friends and love ones to soothe you in this time of grief. ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Jenkins Family - NJ

“My thoughts and prayers go to Franny's family at this very sad time. He was a kind man and I will forever be grateful to his good advice and...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Lucy Emerick - Elkton, MD

“Betty,I will never forget how Franny took care of our whole group of Dickinson High School seniors at the beach just before graduation. He's always...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Judy Warren - Wilmington, DE

“Betty and family;Our sincere condolences on Franny's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family during this difficult...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“So very sorry to learn of Franny's passing, what an all around great guy he was....He will be missed by many ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Jack and Terry Houghton - FL

“My Prayers are with Betty and the Swift children upon the passing of your Beloved Franny Joe....a pillar of the local Hockessin Community ......and...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: ed Pankowski Jr. - wilmington, DE

“Rob, I'm very sorry to learn of your brother's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. ”
7 of 30 | Posted by: David Cress - Wilmington, DE

“To the Swift family,My sincerest condolences to your family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Bob Massaferi - Hockessin, DE

“On behalf of the Organization of Racing Investigators I would like to pass on our sincere condolences during this difficult time.Fran was dedicated...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Jeremy Locke - TORONTO

“I will always remember Fran as a hardworking, determined, and a diligent individual who took a lot of pride in his work and always stood up for what...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Molly Church - Elkton, MD

Fran and Betty, Owner's Day at Delaware Park “Dear Betty and Family:I have known and worked with Fran for the past 18 years. He has been my friend and colleague and we shared many an adventure...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: John F Wayne - NJ

“Franny was a NCCPD squad-mate of mine for years back in the 80's. Well spoken, professional, eager to help, and funny. R.I.P and see you on the...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“REMEMBER FRANNY JOE AS A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER AND A GREAT PERSON, SOMEONE I LOOKED UP TO, AND BEING A FEW YEARS YOUNGER THEN HIM ALWAYS APPRECIATED...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Joe Gebhart - SALISBURY, MD

“Dear Swift Family,I was sad to learn of Fran's passing, as he was a great man. It was a please working with him time to time over the years. My...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Lance Morell - Bensalem, PA

“Very sorry for your loss, another one of our brothers has left too soon. Always enjoyed working with Franny on the county police Rest In Peace ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Manny Queen - Ocean view, DE

“Dear Betty and family, We were so saddened by Franny's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Robin West and Frank Garofalo ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: - Clermont FL

“Betty, I am so sorry to hear about Franny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Sharon Orndorff - Middletown, DE

“Betty...so sorry for your loss...we always enjoyed any time in company of you and Fran. Thoughts are with you. ”
18 of 30 | Posted by: Becky/Bud Stille - Bear, DE

“Our sympathy to the family of Franny. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.May you continue to feel comforted by the...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: J.R. & Sherry Schmitz - Manitowoc, WI

“Thank you for everything you did for all of us! You were the epitome of what a great man should be. Your legacy of love, loyalty & kindness live...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Denise Pangelinan - Guam

“My deepest condolences to the family. Fran will be remembered by all and we lost a great person and Brother Knight. May he rest in peace.Jim Donato ”
21 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to learn of Franny's passing. As a member of the New Castle County Police Academy, 1975, Franny could always be counted on to help...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: John Lodge - LEWES, DE

“To Fran's family, with heartfelt sadness, I am extending my condolences at this most difficult time.Fran was an excellent co-worker, always willing...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Botts - Earleville, MD

“Sandi and I send our deepest condolences to Franny's family, with prayers for "the peace that passeth understanding." Franny will be missed.I'd known...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Sam Walz - Greenville, DE

“Our sincerest sympathy!Mary Ann and Fran Mieczkowski ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: A friend

“Swift family. My deepest condolences on the passing ...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Tali Villanueva - DE

“Franny, your smile and always upbeat personality were a highlight of your visits to Recom. You never had a cross word for anyone. Rest in peace,. ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Leslie Ruth - kenton, DE

“To Franny's family: So sorry for your loss. I worked with him when he was assigned to the mounted poilce unit and have many fine memories of him as a...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: James Hosler - Lehighton, PA

“Rest I peace my true and faithful servent. Your tour of duty has come to an end my dear friend. We will take the watch from here. You will be...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Mark Forbes - Hockessin, DE

“So sorry to hear about Franny's passing. My condolences to the family. ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Carol Curran - Townsend, DE


Francis Joseph Swift, Jr., 70, of Hockessin, DE, passed away on May 4, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Franny Joe was born in 1946 to Francis and Elizabeth Swift. He leaves cherished memories to his loving wife of 46 years, Elizabeth A. Swift, his children and their spouses, Deanna, Jason and Faye, and Brad and Michelle; and his four beautiful granddaughters, Jada, Sophie, Finley, and Dylan. He is survived by seven siblings and their spouses, Robert and Sandra Swift, Rose and Robert Brownstein, Sharon and Pat Mulvena, Michelle Johnson, Susan and Charles Alexander, Gregory and Mary Swift, and Brian and Val Swift; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was a retired New Castle County Police Officer who served as one of the very first Mounted Patrol Officers. He was an officer for 21 years. After retiring from the county, he was an investigator for the Delaware Racing Commission. He loved his community and followed in his father's footsteps by serving it in various capacities including as a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, President and a board member for Greater Hockessin Area Development Association, parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption, and a board member of Hockessin Community Center.

He attended St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, A.I. DuPont High School and Delaware Technical and Community College.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 9 – 11 am at St. Mary of the Assumption, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am. Interment will follow Mass at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ashland, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in his name to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org would be appreciated.