It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Retired Putnam County Highway employee and member of PC Volunteer Firemen’s Association member Walter J. Swarm

Walter J. Swarm, a lifelong resident of Mahopac Falls, NY passed away on Friday November 1, 2013 at the age of 86. He was born in Baldwin Place, NY on March 21, 1927, the son of Carl and Anna Johnson Swarm.

Walt graduated from Mahopac High School Class of 1947. He served in the US Navy during WWII and is a member of VFW Post 5491 in Mahopac. Walt retired as a shop foreman in 1995 after 37 years with the Putnam County Highway Department.

Walt was a life member of the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department, where he served in many capacities including being its youngest elected Chief and serving on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Putnam County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the Putnam County Fire Chiefs Association, the Hudson Valley Firemen’s Association as well as FASNY.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dorothy. His daughters Enis Marie Bick of Passaic, NJ, Gloria (Jimmy) Troy of Newburgh, NY, Marion (Artie) Becker of Putnam Lake, NY and Shirley (Harvey) Wills of Cusseta, GA, grandchildren P.C., J. R., Matthew, Christina, Antoinette, Joe (Heather), Erin, Jennifer and Shelby and his great granddaughter Kayla. He is also survived by his step-children, Ronald and Joseph (Adrienne) LeBlanc and Renee Dazi, and his 7 step- grandchildren, Tommy, Deanna, Denise, Nicholas, Matthew, Juliette and Alexis. He was predeceased by his first wife, Edith, his son-in-law, Phil, his brothers, Oscar, Harry, Eric and George and his sisters Alice and Marian.

Visiting will be held on Sunday November 3 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm and Monday November 4 from 5-9 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday November 5 at 11 am at The First Presbyterian Church in Mahopac Falls with interment to follow at Ballard-Barrett Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department.