SALEM - Following an extended illness in which he fought like a true warrior, Louis A. Swiniuch Jr., 86, of Salem passed away peacefully on August 26th, 2023.
Lou, the son of the late Louis A. Swiniuch Sr. and Clara T. (Szczechowicz) Swiniuch was born in Salem, growing up in the Derby Street neighborhood where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Salem High School just after his 17th birthday and enlisted in the U.S Air Force, serving four years stationed in England. After his return to Salem, Lou worked for GTE-Sylvania for several years as an analyst. He served 32 years as a Salem Police Officer both as a Patrolman and as an EMT on the city ambulance – a role he found most rewarding, as he enjoyed helping people in need. He graduated from North Shore Community College with an associate degree in criminal justice. Lou extended his public service to the U.S. Army National Guard where he served in the 26th Yankee Infantry Division for six years. As an active member of the friends of the Bill W. organization for over 50 years, Lou formed many friendships and, as a sponsor, he positively impacted the lives of many others.
In his younger days, Lou had a passion for golf and traveling Europe. Later, he enjoyed driving his sports cars around town and on road trips to Florida. He was an avid reader, with a keen interest in history, particularly military, religion, and his Polish heritage. Lou was a devoted fan of the New England Patriots.
Lou was a unique character with a dry sense of humor, and endless distinctive sayings, opinions, and beliefs. With his sense of humor, he endeared and entertained his family, friends, and even strangers. All who knew Lou will agree that he was “one of a kind” and that he lived life on his terms.
Surviving Lou is his son, Vincent and his wife, Nancy Sachetti of Salem, his daughters, Andrea and her husband, Jim Trefry of Beverly, Allyson and her husband, James Danforth of Beverly, Jasper Jennifer Swiniuch of Manchester by the Sea, and April Swiniuch of Melrose, his seven grandchildren, a great granddaughter and an expected great grandchild, sisters, Carol Sikora and Judith Dore and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his brother, Richard E. Swiniuch and his beloved son, Aaron Alexander Swiniuch.
ARRANGMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service which will be held in O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) SALEM on Wednesday, September 6th at 10 A.M. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Visiting hours Tuesday, September 5th from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lou’s memory may be made to AgeSpan, Attn: Development Office, 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843, or at https://agespan.org. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.