Editorial by Owner/General Manager Adam Griffin
It seems that I’ve had to do this way too much this year…say goodbye to community icons who touched hundred, heck, maybe thousands of lives throughout their journey here on earth. And, yet another left this world last night.
Chances are, if you think about Switzerland County basketball, at some point the name Timothy Swango crosses your mind. Many were graced with Tim as their basketball coach and mentor. One thing you could always count on, was Tim’s love for the game. No question, his family will tell you, that sometimes that love was a bit over-exuberant, but you never questioned Tim’s passion. That passion was so much more than just the love of a game…it was love for a community. And the feelings were mutual.
While the current lady pacers team never got to experience Tim as their head coach, he was, undoubtedly one of their biggest supporters and cheerleaders. In fact, Coach Kitts had an honorary spot on her coaching staff for Tim this season.
Passing him on the street, he never failed to speak. I’d say 95% of the conversations he and I ever had were about basketball! One of the greatest joys for me with Tim, came this basketball season when the Lady Pacers opened their season at home against Southwestern. What a joy it was to see Tim’s wheelchair parked at the north end of the gym. I was one of the referee’s for the JV contest, and at some point through the game, as I came to that baseline, I heard Tim hollering at me…”Hey Ref…that was a foul, you have to call that now!!!” I looked his way and he had the biggest smile on his face, I gave him a wink and on we went. For me, what a joy it was to be “corrected”, if you will, by one of the greats.
As I’ve said to many families this year…I say to the Swango family…thank you. Thanks for sharing a great man with a heart big enough to care and love an entire community. We pray that God will comfort you during this time of mourning. And to Tim…Godspeed friend. Thank you for all you taught us, and for your friendship to us all.
Friends may call from 4 to 8pm on Monday December 14, 2015 at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. The funeral service will be conducted at 12pm (Noon) on Tuesday December 15, 2015 by Rev. Roger Parrott. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.