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Gary "Skeeter" C. Swistak

March 2, 1950 ~ November 18, 2017 (age 67)

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Gary C. “Skeeter” Swistak passed peacefully on Saturday, in Cleveland, with his loving family at his side. He was 67 years old. He fought the good fight against cancer, a result of serving his country in Vietnam. Skeeter was born during a snow storm on March 2, 1950, at the family home in Cleveland. He graduated from Paul V. Moore High School and proudly served his country and flag for four years in the US Air Force. He had many friends growing up in New York. He was always there when someone needed help. From his A-Frame he built in the woods, to the songs he wrote and sang there, he left many lasting memories. Skeeter was born and raised in Cleveland, but didn’t find true happiness until moving south to enjoy his love of sailing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It was in Florida his life really began. In Florida he found his love, his family, his home, his life. He was truly happy. Skeeter will forever be missed, but never forgotten.

He soars to heights unknown,

Riding waves of wind all his own.

As the sun nestles to sleep in the west,

He knew the time had come to put his soul to rest.


Sail on wayward sailor, sail on positive waves.


Gary was predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret Swistak, and sister, Shirley.

Skeeter is survived by the love of his life Cherry; his loving daughters Maggie (Leah), Tania (Henry); his grandchildren, Skyler and Savahna, whom he loved dearly and whom all are from Florida; his brothers, John (Cookie) Swistak of Canastota, Robert Swistak of Brewerton, Steve (Gail) Swistak of Syracuse, Dan (Melissa) Swistak of Cleveland; also a very special nephew, Tom Swistak who was always there for him when needed; and many nieces and nephews.

A very special thank you to the ladies of Oswego County Hospice. Their skill and caring helped everyone through a difficult time. Thanks again, Becky and ladies, you are the best, we will forever be grateful to you all. Thanks to the Comet’s M.C., you came through to give Skeets one more time in the wind. Your visits made his day. Thank you to a righteous group of folks, you made a difference. Thanks Paul for taking him on that ride.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Cleveland Volunteer Fire Dept.

Gary has donated his body to science.


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