December 26, 1947 – November 26, 2018
James Andrew Swistak of Grapevine, TX passed away on November 26, 2018 at the age of 70. He was born on December 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Andrew and Peggy Swistak. He married Carol Blalock on June 11, 1977 in Huntington Beach, Ca.
Cherishing his memory are his wife of 41 years Carol Swistak; daughter Amanda Swistak and husband Shkelzen Agua and their daughter Aurora and son Miles of Florence, Italy; sister, Mary Kozick and husband John and niece, Peg all of Ca. brother, Michael Swistak and wife Tina of Ca. dear cousin, Ronnie Davis of Denver, Co. and extended family, numerous friends and acquaintances.
Interment will be 1:00pm, Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with military honors.
- Carol Swistak, Wife
- Amanda Swistak, Daughter
- Shkelzen Agua, Son-in-law
- Aurora Agua, Granddaughter
- Miles Agua, Grandson
- Mary Kozick, Sister
- John Kozick, Brother-in-law
- Peg Kozick, Niece
- Michael Swistak, Brother
- Tina Swistak, Sister-in-law
- Ronnie Davis, Cousin
- Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, December 3, 2018
December 29, 2018
Carol, Amanda and Family,
I was so thrilled when you all came into my life. We all became so close almost instantly. My only regret was that we didn't reconnect sooner. Jim and Carol were wonderful to travel with and we shared numerous adventures together. It seemed our biggest thrill was eating at great restaurants all over the world. One of my fond memories was when Jim and Carol surprised my friends and I in Florence. We were on a cruise and they flew there to see Amanda and family and we all met up for dinner. Jim was one of the most kind and generous man I ever met and was fun to be with.
I will miss you always.
December 29, 2018
Carol, Amanda and family,
Jesse and I are heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing. What a wonderful, funny, loving man he was with his huge laugh. It made you want to smile and laugh with him.
I met Jim through my friendship with Carol. Carol and I worked together and would have so much fun and became such very good friends. And I remember when she first met Jim. How she adored him and he her. I had the privilege of being in their wedding as her maid of honor. What a beautiful day that was and how much love they had for each other which only grew stronger over the years.
Jesse and I enjoyed being with them as much as we could while you lived in California. Jim always had stories to tell - whether it was about American Airlines, or when he was in Saudi Arabia or even the things around their neighborhood. He loved to eat! And, did we all share some really good meals. Still have some of your recipes! When Amanda was born, he was on cloud nine. What a blessing that baby girl was. When they moved to Texas, it was a sad day for us but we knew that it was the right move for them. When we heard from them, you could see that they had a beautiful, fulfilled life and that made us very happy.
Carol, although this is a such a sad time for you and your family, please know that our love and condolences go out to you and yours. God bless you. We picture Jim up in heaven, smiling with his big smile, waiting for all of us to hopefully join him and getting all of his new stories ready to share with us.
We love you always,
Denise and Jesse Hill
December 28, 2018
We met Jim and Carol while honeymooning in Costa Rica. They were admiring our fresh new marriage, and we payed great attention to the advice they gave us. It was so amazing to befriend such kind people on such a special trip; even though we were years apart in age we enjoyed their company so much. I’ve thought of you fondly over the years and am so sorry to hear this news.
Sending peace and love.
December 6, 2018
I have so many memories of Jim. We met when Jim and his best Steve Makin were going thru the neighborhood looking for yards to mow. Then we found out that all of us would be going to the same high school (Valley). I have known Jim and his family for many, many years with lots of memories. Looking through all of the pictures that the family put together brought back so many memories. Jim didn't change much from High School. He and the family were always close and even after our graduation we remained friends. We kept in touch with each other until he married Carol. He invited my entire family to his wedding and you could see the love in his eyes for Carol. He was the happiest man I had ever seen. Almost as happy as he was with his 1955 Chevy that he had painted a bright yellow. He really enjoyed working on that car. Jim had a weird sense of color when it came to cars. He bought a Lime Green Volkswagen when they first came out. He was a great friend and I along with his wife, daughter, sister Mary, brother Mike, and the rest of the family will miss his beautiful smile. After his long fight , he is now at peace and among the many Angels in God's home. May you Rest In Peace Jim. I have so many memories that I could go on and on. God bless you and your family today.
December 4, 2018
Carol and Amanda,
You were in our thoughts yesterday as you laid Jim to rest. We so wish we could have been there to say goodbye, but were not able to attend his service due to work commitment for John and a medical specialist appointment for Hillary.
We have such wonderful memories of Jim. His big smile, his laugh (especially when something struck him as particularly funny), and his ever present quest for the "putting green" lawn! John really enjoyed his many conversations with Jim about the best grass seed to achieve the perfect lawn and so much more. I will never forget the day that Jim showed John his automotive tools. John came home so excited and was like a little kid as he described Jim's velvety-lined drawers with meticulously kept tools (the tools were also shiny and clean, as they were put away with great care)!
We loved looking through all of the pictures you posted. Two things were abundantly clear - his great love for you, Carol and of course the great bond he had and love for you, Amanda!
How wonderful it was for your dad to be able to spend the last month of his life with you and your beautiful family, Amanda. What joy that must have given him to have his entire family together, and especially time with his grand babies!
We will never forget seeing him drive down the street in his impeccably kept Mercedes sedan over the years, and the dedication to his career at American Airlines as we saw him coming and going in his AA uniform!
You were a wonderful neighbor for the past 21 years Jim, and we will remember you with great fondness!
Our deepest sympathy to you Carol and Amanda,
Jan, John, Hillary, Kevin and Elizabeth Williams
James & Mary Ann Ferstl
December 3, 2018
Carol, (JAMES ANDREW SWISTAK)
(Carol Swistak, Amanda & family)
December 3, 2018
You say in your email notice on Dec. 2nd, my very dear first cousin, that your Jim is on a new journey....that is for sure. We had just returned from Anchorage Alaska on our visit to
Major David and family, and were so sadden, but not surprised by it. We were in church
Sunday, and prayed for Jim, not knowing he had died. The Miracle, we sought on earth did not happen, but the miracle of salvation in heaven sure did.
I am thinking of you all today...we might talk later....but know my connection to your husband Jim is so very strong. How can this be,....you say, I never spoke to Jim, nor saw him face to face. I am not really clear either, but you may not realize how long we have been emailing each other, about our families and their lives. A very long time since David's first deployment to Irag. (14 years ago)
You see Carol.....I have never seen nor actually talked to Jesus, yet I can still have a strong connection and love for him. Thus,.. it can also be that way for me with your Jim Swistak...right?
Carol and Amanda, ...Jim’s ...“Soul”... the immortal essence and spirit of a person, his ID card so to speak, and what makes you whom you are. I assure you both, and the grand kids, Jim's Soul is in heaven with his creator, as we speak. (the grand kids will understand this later)
May eternal rest be granted to James Andrew Swistak , O Lord, and please let your perpetual light shine upon him. May Jim’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of Jesus Christ, rest in peace. “AMEN” (meaning we believe)
Jim and Mary Ann Ferstl Families: (Diana, Debbie, David) and (Tom, Mike, JT, and Tommy)
Fresno, California (I have kept them all in the loop on Jim's passing)
Jim & Rita Mathine
December 2, 2018
We have been neighbors with Jim and Carol for over 20 years. They have been wonderful neighbors and always friendly. Both enjoy working outside and sharing family stories with neighbors. Jim was always interested in our children and grandchildren. We will miss Jim and his meticulous approach to yard maintenance.
December 1, 2018
I remember meeting Jim and Carol when they moved in next door when I was in either high school or college. He would always be outside washing or waxing his car. We would have such great fun talks. He was always teasing me which made for some great laughs. When I was in our backyard trying to get a tan, he would throw pebbles at me from behind the wall. I remember also the great fun I had when he and Carol invited me to go with them to Bullhead, AZ. We went gambling across the river and shared a fun gambling moment! I remember when they finally had Amanda and were so ecstatic to be parents. She was the joy of his life! I was sad when they moved to Texas but we did see him once when I was out there for a work event. He met me, my sister, mom and my daughter Kimi at the airport. He was so nice to take them out while I was in meetings. So many memories of what a great guy he was with his smiley face and twinkly blue eyed! My sincerest condolence for the loss of a great man. Love to the family.
December 1, 2018
I met Jim was I as a young girl, he and his brother Mike came to Michigan to connect with family. I connected with Jim through my mother over the years, periodically talking on the phone or via email. I did not see Jim again until 2017, at that time I was warmly invited into Jim and Carol's home to reminisce about the Swistak Family and learn a bit about each other and families.
My mother Joan spoke fondly of Jim, she sort of adored him; they stayed connected over the years up until the time of my mothers death in 2016.
I am so sorry for his loss. My heart reaches to his family.
With much love...Christel
November 30, 2018
He was a beloved brother and a best friend. It was wonderful watching and sharing the accomplishments of our daughters as they grew up into beautiful young women.
John and I were so happy when we retired, and looked forward to traveling together with Jim and Carol. I am going to miss those weekly chats with him. As much as two or three times a week we would talk. I would come down early in the morning, get my coffee, and Jim or I would call first. We discussed the stock market, politics and rounded off with what we were going to cook for dinner. Jim and Carol are such good cooks, and the two of them always made you feel so welcome.
Costco, as far as I’m concerned, has lost a great patron. Jim would make his weekly run to Costco sampling his way through the store, and thanks to Jim, Carol has one of the largest bags of baking soda I have ever seen. Jim believed you should never run short on anything.
I will miss my dear friend, my brother. Till we meet again.
All my love,
Your big sister…………………Mary
Larry and Becky Young
November 30, 2018
Jim was our neighbor for 23 years. He and Carol were not only neighbors but dear friends.
Through the years we enjoyed many visits and were involved in a few projects to improved our homes. Jim had a ready smile and a friendly greeting at all times.
When Jim became ill he took his illness in stride and continued to live and enjoy each day. He loved to work in his yard and visit with neighbors and he continued to do so.
He was a family man who loved his wife and daughter and was head over heels in love with his precious grandchildren.
We will forever miss him and will always cherish his memory.
Rest in peace dear friend.
Larry and Becky Young
November 30, 2018
In 2005 Kentucky Derby, Jim entered a pool at work. When he drew the name of his horse, it was Giocomo, 50-1 odds. Later in the day one slip of paper had not been drawn so Jim was asked if he would like it. And, he said ok. It said, Closing Argument, 72-1 odds. On Monday morning Jim was told he won. His response was won what. He was told Giocomo won the Kentucky Derby by half a length and Closing Argument came in second. It was a small pool that Jim won that day. I clipped the newspaper picture from that day and we laughed every year thereafter. How all this relates to Jim is that he worked hard his whole life from cutting grass at 10 years old to entering the military at 18 years old, to obtaining an AA degree with his airframe and power plant license to working aerospace jobs to working for Saudia Airlines which gave him the required hands on experience to apply to National Airlines, Pan Am Airlines, AirCal, and American Airlines. So no matter what challenges life throws your way, "Never Give Up"!