Mervin J. Swing

PORT BYRON | Mervin J. Swing, 88, of State Route 38, Port Byron, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at a local nursing home. Mr. Swing was born in Penn Yan, the son of Leon and Eleanor Fullagar Swing. As a youth, Mervin was involved with 4-H in Penn Yan, through his dairy herd of Brown Swiss cattle that he showed both in Yates County and the NYS Fair. After that experience, he became a lifelong vegetarian. During World War II, he was in the Army Signal Corps. After the war, he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Mervin was an engineer with GE for 35 years starting in 1950, in the Television and Radio Division, working on early color TV. He was in Pasadena, Calif., working on the first color broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade. In 1961, he moved to Florida and worked on guidance systems for the manned space program, particularly for the Gemini program. He retired from GE in 1985 in Syracuse and then moved to a farm in Port Byron. He was an avid animal lover and especially his cats. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor Sokoloski Swing; his son and daughter-in-law, Bradford and Dale Swing, of Miami, Fla.; granddaughter, Morgan Swing; grandson, Dalton Swing; daughter, Cheryl Swing and son-in-law, Thomas Maslin, of Upper Marlboro, Md.; sister Phyllis (Harland) Swing, of Penn Yan and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, from the Audioun Funeral Home, 218 Main St., Port Byron. Graveside services to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan.

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