James Gordon Swingle passed away at his care center in Longview Texas on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the age of 80 years.
Jim is predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Mildred (Hubbard) Swingle, his sister Margaret (Swingle) Moore, and his brother Charles Swingle. All were long-time Neapolitans. Jim is survived by his loving wife Nancy of 61 years, his son Mark Swingle and his Spouse Elizabeth of California, his daughter Mary Ellen Morton and her spouse James of Mississippi, and his daughter Pamela Fisher and her spouse Daniel who reside in Texas. He has five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren all who reside in Texas. He also has many nieces, nephews, and other relatives scattered throughout upstate New York who are mainly descendants of the Swingle, Moore, Tilley, and Hanggi families of Naples.
Jim was born in Naples, NY in 1939. He graduated from Naples Central High School in 1957. He was a talented musician and president of the high school band under the direction of Harold Moore. He was a dedicated employee of the Gunlocke Company in Wayland where he worked as a highly skilled furniture upholsterer for over 28 years. He later opened up a private furniture repair business in Dallas with fellow Gunlocke employees where he worked until retirement in 2001.
Jim spent the majority of his life in his hometown, and was a well-respected resident of Naples. He was an active member of the Naples Volunteer Fire Department throughout the 1960's and 1970's. He was most notably a certified medical attendant who provided both emergency care and drove the ambulance for the fire department. He also was a good friend of Willis C. Moore who he considered his mentor, and worked at countless memorial services in Naples during the 1970's.
Gunlocke transferred Jim to Texas in 1977, but his heart and soul remained in Naples and the surrounding valley until he passed away. He was a small town man who was best defined by his life and work in Upstate New York.
The memorial service will be held in Naples on October 12th at 11am at the Baird-Moore Funeral Home located at 154 South Main Street.