Maring B. Swart

August 9, 1936June 10, 2014

SWART, Maring B. “Skip”, of Tampa, retired Funeral Director with Blount & Curry Funeral Home went to be with his Lord & Savior on June 10, 2014. He was predeceased by his father the Rev. Dr. L. Maring Swart and mother Nada R. Keis. Survivors include his wife Shirley J. Swart; sons, Damon G Swart and Mark Anton, Brother Rev. Jon Swart (Nettie), extended family Jeffrey Yeates and the staff of the Blount & Curry Funeral Home- Carrollwood Chapel. A native of Somerset, Pennsylvania he lived in the Tampa area for most of his life. During his 57 years of funeral service he was known by the families he served as epitomizing compassion and professionalism. Skip was a member of the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church and served in the offices of the church. He was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Association and the Life Center of Suncoast serving as Board President until his retirement. Skip served in the United States Naval Reserve, Tampa Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer and SERVE, where he spoke on Death and Dying and Teen Suicide Prevention. He received the Speaker of the Year and Hillsborough County Volunteer of the Year awards. He was ordained in the Independent Assemblies of God International and held revivals in Pennsylvania and New York State. He also preached in several Tampa area churches. Skip was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Society of Poets. Skip was a member of John Darling Lodge 154 F & A.M. and had been a member of the Tampa Consistory Scottish Rite Egypt Temple Shrine Temple and was a Kentucky State Colonel. He was adopted into the Hawk Clan of the Seneca Nation in New York State. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00pm Friday June 20, 2014 with Masonic Services held at 7:00pm at Blount and Curry Carrollwood Chapel located at 3207 W. Bearss Ave, Tampa. A celebration of his life will be conducted 11:00AM on Saturday, June 21,2014 at Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, 6111 Central Avenue, Tampa with Rev. Duncan Gray and Matt Horan officiating. Police Honors will be rendered by the Tampa Police Department Ceremonial Team. Final services will be held at a later date at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Seminole Heights Methodist Church Building Fund or Life Path Hospice.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Mark & Kelly Panter

June 20, 2014

I worked with Skip for many years and he personified a true funeral professional. He truly cared for those he served and his co-workers. Shirley please know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe Magee

June 20, 2014

I worked with Skip for many years in th e late 1980 s at the Nebraska Avenue chapel . He was a true professional, always treating the families he served as they were his own. God speed. Skip rest in peace sir!

Richard Muga

June 19, 2014

My condolences to Brother Skip's family. I worked with Skip at the old Boza's Funeral Home many years ago. He was always a true gentleman and made many suffering families bear the loss of loved ones a bit better. He has found the Light.

June 19, 2014

My deepest and most sincere condolences and to Shirley and all of Skips family.

Having worked with Skip for close to half century, I am honored to say without hesitation that he was, most importantly to me, my friend. He was a model of true funeral service professionalism and a person with a good heart and kind soul, He will remain a tender part of my makeup for the rest of my life.

To Skip [where ever your new journey has taken you]; Soft and safe to thee until we meet again.

Alas my brother!

John Wesley Dyer

June 19, 2014

I was fortunate to have worked with Skip for several years during the beginning of my career in funeral service. Skip will be missed not only by coleagues but by the families he served over the many decades of loyal service. Mike and Vicki Uselton

Linda Little

June 19, 2014

I just heard of our losing a very dear friend in Skip's passing. I worked with Skip for many years and he and I shared similar interest in our writing of poetry and both were children of preachers so we were taught to be compassionate in our treating of people and caring for people I think that made Skip and I better to deal with the people that came to us for arrangements and Skip did that job well. So now Skip you can get the well deserved rest you need and we will all try to learn from you that the way we treat people will leave a lasting impression. My sympathies to Shirley and your family. Rest in peace my dear friend your are in good hands now.

Wilbert Stall

June 18, 2014

I've known Skip for many years and he never changed. He was a caring and compassionate soul. My sympathies to those he left behind.

Tom Stewart

June 17, 2014

Peace be with you my Brother. Blessings To Shirley & Family

Danny Alvarez

June 16, 2014

I worked with Skip for a few years & found him to be a kind, compassionate, caring person. He will be missed by all who knew him. God bless him & peace to all his family.