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Gerald W. Swatsworth

Swatsworth, Gerald W., “Jerry”, 92, passed away November 28, 2018 at his home. Born June 10, 1926 in Curwensville, Pennsylvania. The son of Agnes (Collins) and Wilson Swatsworth. Preceded in death by wife, Helen L. (Hood) Swatsworth; daughter, Debora L. Foster and his sisters; Gladys M. Stutzman, Mary L. Shawley, and Anna J. Rodgers. Survived by his daughter, Sandra Rhodes and husband Randall of Indian Land, SC.; son-in-law, William Foster of Pittsburgh, PA; and grandchildren, Jennifer Anderson and husband Clinton of Charlotte, NC; and Jared Foster of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also survived by great grandsons, Jack Anderson and Luke Anderson of Charlotte, NC. Gerald was a 1944 graduate of Armagh High School and served his country during WWII as a member of the US Army. He is a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University; was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of BT Financial Corporation, a regional bank holding company, with headquarters in Johnstown, PA. The Corporation banking family was composed of Johnstown Bank and Trust Company, Laurel Bank of Ebensburg, Fayette Bank and Trust Company, Uniontown, and Bedford Associates, Inc., Johnstown. Together these affiliates served communities in Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Indiana, Westmoreland, Allegheny and Fayette Counties. BT Financial Corporation subsequently became Laurel Corporation, Promistar Financial Corporation and in 2004 the holding company was merged with First National Bank, Hermitage, PA. Gerald was active in many community activities. He has served as Chairman of the Jacob Fend Foundation, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, Greater Johnstown Committee, as well as Vice President of the Venture Capital Corporation of Pennsylvania. Gerald has also served on the Board of Trustees of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Greater Johnstown Committee, The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, The Johnstown Regional MRI Center Corporation and the Citizens Cemetery Association (Grandview Cemetery). He has also served as President of the Cambria County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, a Director and Treasurer of Sunnehanna Country Club, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, and a Director of the Ligonier Valley School District. Gerald was a devout member of the Westmont Presbyterian Church and was very proud of his association with Saint Francis University, where in 1987 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. In 1989 the Gerald W. and Helen L. Swatsworth Faculty Merit Award was established. It is an annual award given to an outstanding faculty member at the college’s awards convocation. He has chaired a number of fund-raising projects for many community service organizations such as the Cambria County Library, The Community Development Corporation, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of America and Saint Francis University. Gerald was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending his winters at Spruce Creek, Port Orange, FL. Friends received 1-4 and 6-8 PM Monday at Westmont Presbyterian Church where Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday. Rev. Dr. Rene’ Whitaker, officiating. Entombment will be at Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum following the service.  Family suggests donation to Westmont Presbyterian Church Music Fund, 601 Luzerne Street, Johnstown, Pa 15905 or New Florence Community Library, 122 Ligonier Street, New Florence, Pa. 15944 in memory of Gerald. The Family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. (Online condolences may be posted to (www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)

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Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Sometimes we may say, Mr. Swatsworth lived a good long life, and he did. He lived his life to the fullest. However, no matter how long one lives, it is NEVER long enough. Be assured of the keeping of this wonderful promise from God: The righteous will possess the earth and live FOREVER on it. There IS going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. (Acts 25:15) Imagine awakening to a righteous new world where death has been eliminated. This is the way God intended it to be from the start. His original purpose will be fulfilled when His Kingdom comes. Please take heart in these beautiful promises. May they sustain you.

Sue Scullion Dec 6 2018 12:00 AM

Jerry was the model of what the best community bankers strive to be; deeply caring of his community, focused on helping customers with their needs, attentive to the staff who made his organization work, and driven by impeccable business ethics. He taught me and those who worked for him lessons that have served all of us for a lifetime in the banking business. We could not have had a better teacher.
Rest in well deserved peace Jerry, and sincere condolences to your family.
Steve Ackmann

Steven Ackmann Dec 3 2018 12:00 AM

A Skies Of Remembrance Bouquet was ordered on December 2, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Dec 2 2018 12:00 AM

I worked at McCullough house while Jerry was there...I have the upmost respect for your father! He was a very caring man, a heart so big, he always made smile, even if I was having a bad day. He often talked about his beautiful wife, and family...God bless and my deepest sympathy to your family.

Angela Shoemaker Dec 1 2018 12:00 AM

May our friend, Jerry, rest in well earned peace. We valued your friendship and friendly smiling face. You are a good man who did much to make Johnstown a better place. From two other transplants from Curwensville, PA.
Bob and Sandy Wise

Robert and Sandra Wise Dec 1 2018 12:00 AM