Richard W. Swift - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Richard W. Swift

July 9, 1937 - January 29, 2022

Richard W. Swift, age 84, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

Born in Wilmington, DE on July 9, 1937, he was a son of the late Daniel Swift and Alice (Francks) Burgos. Richard worked in construction for Petrillo Brothers for many years before working as a ground’s keeper at George T. Weymouth and Katherine DuPont Estates.

Richard cherished time spent with his family and loved to barbeque for them. He was a devoted member of the Police & Fire Rod & Gun Club in New Castle. Occasionally, Richard liked trying his luck at Delaware Park. He could often be found spending time with his faithful canine, Lil Harper. Richard will be remembered as a loving husband of 50 years and devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne (Schunk) Swift; and siblings, Alice Swift, Daniel Swift and Lawrence E. Swift. He is survived by his children, Ernest Paul Swift (Marie) and Patricia J. Stanley; brother, Gilbert Watts; grandchildren, Pam Zapp (Stevie), Kristen Martinez, Jordan Swift, Laura Stanley (Kyle), Sarah Stanley (James), Melissa Stanley, Michael Stanley, and Jessica Stanley; and great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Logan, Anthony, Junior, Xena, Stevie II, Cassidy, Beau, Liam, Jaxson, and Amelia.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 600 South Street, New Castle, DE 19720 or online by clicking here.


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  • Dad you were in my life 25 years You will be in my heart for a lifetime So many wonderful memories we all have shared and laughed about Stories you shared of your pass growing up You we’re stuck on the old ways that you didn’t want to learn the new But that was ok you would sit and listen though I know for sure Mom was waiting at those gates with a beer and her dancing shoes on Dance the dance down those golden roads Love you and See you when it’s my time

  • Paul, Trisha, and family, Butch and I are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was truly a wonderful person. We will miss him. Lots of Love Butch and JoAnne

  • Patty and Paul, So sorry for your loss. We’ve missed your Mom, and, now your Dad too. Hope you and your family can find some peace knowing they’re together again. Take care, and God Bless you. Rose and Len Holmquist

  • Poppop it’s been almost 6 months since we lost you, and it still doesn’t feel real. You were the highlight of my childhood whether it was joking around in the house, you telling me you were gonna send me to the circus, chasing me with Halloween masks, taking us for walks, and to the park. As I grew, you encouraged me to find my potential in this world and you were my first phone call whether it was that I got a job, whether I just needed to talk, or remind you that I loved you. I’m so glad that you knew if you ever needed me I would always pick up the phone, as I always loved seeing that you were calling to chat. The calls we used to have I will always cherish. The hugs and even you grabbing on the back of my neck when hugging me goodbye, just because that was you and it made us both laugh every time. You were a star that shined so bright in this world, and I know your doing the same in heaven with mommom by your side once again. Thank you for all the years, the great memories, the amazing chicken, and the long talks on the porch about life. You will never be forgotten and your legacy and the love you had for mommom will live on forever. ❤️ Thank you for always being my birthday buddy and a great role model. You and mommom held the true meaning of love and I am eternally blessed to have been able to witness it. Thank you for everything, until I see you again I know you will be watching over us. 👼🏻