Wade Wilkins Swink II

5 août 194414 août 2021
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It is with great sadness the family of Wade W. Swink, Jr. announce his sudden passing on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the age of 77.

Wade was born in Orangeburg, SC in 1944 to Wade W. Swink, Sr. and Virginia Diehl Swink. He received both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of South Carolina and while attending UofSC, Wade met the love of his life and best friend, Patricia Coffey. They would marry in 1971.

Always the patriot, Wade served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. His service included a wartime deployment to Vietnam.

Wade was an Aerospace Engineer at the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate located on Fort Eustis. He specialized in subsystems to provide ballistic protection to aircrew and troops in Army helicopters engaged in military operations in the Middle East and elsewhere. He invented and developed a ballistic tolerant floor system for the Blackhawk helicopter cargo/troop area that undoubtedly saved many troops when these aircraft came under fire during Operation Desert Storm and other actions.

Wade and Patty loved to travel. Their cross-country RV trips are the stuff of legend. A committed cyclist, Wade shared his passion with literally hundreds of people he never met. Wade would refurbish and give away bikes to those less fortunate. It was the Christian thing to do. He loved classical music, a good read, and a competitive game of bridge with his friends. He lived a committed Christian life. If you needed an opinion, he had one. If you needed a friend, he was one. If you needed helping hand, he lent one. He was a very good man.

Wade will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Patty; son, Wil and daughter-in-law Antonia; and his sister, Ginny.

A celebration of his life well lived, will be held September 25, 2021, at 10 AM, at Kingsmill Plantation, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Online condolences may be shared at www.NelsenWilliamsburg.com.


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Wade Wilkins Swink II


Thomas Brooks

23 septembre , 2021

Patty and family,
We are so sorry.
Nancy and Richard Brooks

Shirley and Bob Jones

20 septembre , 2021

Ooooh Patty and Will,

We just learned about Wade and we are so sad with you! Please accept our condolences and love! Let us know if there is anything
we can do to help you during this distressing time!

Much love,

Shirley and Bob Jones
( I have always kept Palmer Pandas in my heart)

Virginia Ross

19 septembre , 2021

Our family sends uplifting prayers for your family. We are sad to learn of Wade’s passing.
The George Ross Family

Gayle E. L. Harper

19 septembre , 2021

To the Swink Family;
Amazing Wade-- never ceased to have the knowledge of the most trivial to the most complicated subjects. His opinions were always welcome, as I listened intently on the sidelines of the green fields.
This earthly plane will have a vacant place due to to your passing, & my deepest sympathy & heart-felt compassion to dear friend, Patty & teammate, Will.
May peace be with you in these darkest days that may seem never ending. Now, Wade is on the greenest fields in heaven, helping all, as he assisted me through dark times. God bless him & keep him.
As always, Gayle & son, Jordan

Manu Costas

8 septembre , 2021

Allow me to express my sincerest condolences. Wade took me in when I was lost spiritually and gave me the opportunity to see Christ materialize in my life. He was a mentor and friend to me and provided material things such as a bike to get around when my possessions were stolen. He inspired me to work hard and be better, especially when I was down and out. Thank you Lord for bringing Wade into my world, and thank you Wade for being there when I needed support. I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven one day. Manu Costas

Joe Marro

6 septembre , 2021

To the Swink Family, My name is Joe Marro and I was a co worker of Wade's during his employment at AATD. As the lead Engineer Wade inspired me to be a better person in both my life moving forward and my work ethics that has served me well. I always found Wade to want only the best out of himself and others. as he would say through my minds eye is still a quote that I use to this day. Even as Wade passes on he will always be in my thoughts. I now live in Tucson AZ so I am sorry for not being there and telling you this in person. He will be missed put never forgotten God bless all of you Joe Marro

John Reynolds

5 septembre , 2021

52 years ago I had a lucky break. I was ordered to Fort Belvoir too early to start officer training. I was assigned to a barracks empty but for one other soldier, and the two of us were sent to speed reading classes to keep us busy. The other soldier was bright, open minded and exuberant about just about everything. He quickly became the older brother I never had and he and his wife Patty become important members of my extended family. From whitewater rafting and road trips to nights on Broadway and at the opera we experienced many, many magical times together. THANK YOU, Big Brother. Rest in Peace.

Carol Baker

27 août , 2021

I looked at Wade as a prince among men. He got so much joy in doing for his neighbors and helping out friends. He was generous with his time and with his heart. He was a fine man, one in a million.

Eve and Mike Ware

21 août , 2021

Dear Patty and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss, we hope in some way our expression of sympathy will be of some comfort to you.

We send you our love and prayers.

Elinor Lashley

18 août , 2021

wade was loved by all He was so proud of Will,his wife Antonia and of course his beloved wife Patty. He is now in God’s hands. He will be missed by all