Roland P. "Rolly" Swan
August 27, 1935 – May 27, 2018
Roland “Rolly” Swan, 82, of Fremont, IN, formerly of Vestal, NY went to be with the Lord surrounded by his wife and sons May 27, 2018.
Rolly, son of Stewart and Jesse Swan, retired in 1994 from NYSEG after 37 years of service. Rolly started his career as a laborer then became a lineman, and eventually moved indoors as first a Section Operator and ultimately a System operator. Rolly enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and was a mentor and counselor providing enthusiastic, positive spiritual guidance to countless teens and young adults. He was loved by all who met him and followed in his father’s footsteps proudly creating flower and tomato gardens which he was delighted to boast of to all who would listen.
In addition to being a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle, Rolly was actively involved in numerous leadership and teaching positions at Tracy Creek Memorial Church in Vestal including church choir, Sunday School and youth group leader, Bible quizzing and was a member of Men for Missions. Rolly is survived by his one true love, Ann Marie (Richards) his wife of 61 years, four sons Steve (Kelly) Sheridan, IN, Rick (Mary) Rochester, NY, Scott (Kim) Vestal, NY and Todd (Laurie) Vestal, NY along with Grandchildren Jessica (Joe) Andrako, Sarah, Casey (Nicole), Jordan (Abbey), Tricia, Lindsay, Kevin, Jake and Alex along with 9 great grandchildren and sister’s in law Virginia Dix, Sharon Mumma, Carolyn Richards and Nita Swan and Brother’s in law Mack (Mini) Richards and Kiler (Brenda) Richards.
Rolly was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Stewart, Charles and Tom, sister Nancy Hugg and sisters in-law Sally, Ila, Dorothy and Jeanette Swan and brother in law Bill Richards.
Celebratory services for Rolly’s Indiana community will be held on June 9 at the Fairview Missionary Church, Angola, Indiana with public greetings at 10:30 followed by a brief celebration at 11:30 and a meal of fellowship to immediately thereafter. There will be a separate celebration on June 16 at Tracy Creek Memorial Church in Vestal, NY, with public greetings at 10:00, followed by a brief celebration at 11:30 with reception to follow at the Vestal Elks Club.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to any of the following organizations: Tracy Creek Memorial Church in Vestal, NY where they spent so much of their lives, Fairview Missionary Church, Angola IN where they spent Rolly’s final 10 years in fellowship, Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Angola, IN or Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Angola, IN both of which provided tremendous support to Rolly during his numerous physical rehabilitations as well as peaceful comfort during his final days.
- Tracy Creek Memorial Church
- Fairview Missionary Church
- Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Northern Lakes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Public Greeting Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Celebration Of Life Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Public Greeting Saturday, June 16, 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, June 16, 2018
Roland P. "Rolly" Swan
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June 8, 2018
What an amazing man! Such a smile!!! It lit up the room! He cared about others with his whole heart and it showed in everything he did, even when he wasn’t feel very well! Love to you all and to all of the lives he touched, we are blessed because of it!
June 7, 2018
My dad, Duane McMaster, was a patient at Lakeland Nursing Facility during the time Rolly was also inpatient. The two of them shared a dining table together and quickly bonded sharing their stories of life and family. When my dad would get down with the struggles of his illness, Rolly was always a lifting spirit encouraging him. On one day when both men were feeling a bit mischievous, the two of them had a wheelchair race from the dining room to the end of the hallway near the therapy room, and back to the nurses station. I don't recall who won, but I recall their laughter and smiles. I have included a photo of them dining together. (When looking at the photo my dad is to the right of Rolly.) I will forever remember Rolly and blessing of the kindness and friendship he showed. My dad passed away last October after a courageous battle with cancer. My heart and prayer go out to you and your family with the passing of Rolly. Although we will all miss them so much in our daily lives, may you also find comfort knowing they are both happy and healthy in heaven! ..... Linda McMaster-Mynhier
June 7, 2018
My condolences on the passing of your father. You and your family are in my prayers.
Kenny and Joanne Williams
June 6, 2018
We have such great memories of our trip to Mackinaw Island with Rolly and Ann, which Ann said was their last trip together. Kenny couldn't sit down because of his back, Rolly couldn't walk or stand because of his back, and Ann couldn't walk because of her feet, but in spite of physical ailments, we had the best time. We'll never forget our time together. Rolly has been a mentor to us for many years and we are looking forward to meeting him again in heaven. Praying for comfort for Ann and the rest of the family.
June 5, 2018
I had the most wonderful opportunity to care for Rolly. He always had a smile and was always positive. He would always say "It could be worse" A positive role model for all that was around him. He has a special place in many peoples hearts and will always be remembered. Heaven received an absolute gift. Condolences to the family.
June 5, 2018
Over the past year I have had the opportunity to not only care for Rolly, but to build a friendship with him also. He took the time, when I needed it the most, to share his daily devotionals with me. I know, in my heart, that God has welcomed him home with open and loving arms. It doesn't make it any easier for the family, I know. I am sending my sincere condolences. I pray that God may bring comfort and peace to his family and friends during this difficult time. God bless you all.
June 3, 2018
Aww, sad to read this news, but this isn't the end, it's the beginning and Rolly put his faith in Christ which means he's with Christ in complete peace and no suffering.
He was a genuine Christian, I will always remember the numerous softball games, very competitive but what sticks out is our youth group trip to Wyoming.
Van broke down with a bunch of teen boys but Rolly was always cool and calm.
My condolences to Ann and family.
June 2, 2018
Have many fond memories of Rolly, from going hunting, to church softball games, sunday school teacher, and youth group leader.
Very sorry to learn of his passing. Keeping Ann and the rest of the family in our thoughts, as you navigate this difficult time.
Davd and Melanie Brosious
Jessica Andrako (swan)
June 2, 2018
My grandfather was one of the most faithful people I have ever known. My grandfather and I have shared so many memories together from traveling out west stopping at all the state's with my grandma and my cousin Heather. Going to Pennsylvania to a teen missionary fixing up homes for families that were less fortunate. And my most memorable and most recent going down to Indiana a few months ago and spent a great time with him and was able to go to his group at church and meet all the many special people in his life that had prayed for myself during times of struggle. I miss you so much grandpa and will always remember all that you taught me throughout my life. I love you!!!
June 1, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. It's hard loosing a parent. I did not know him but if he is like you, he was a wonderful man! My condolences to you and your family. Prayers also.