James Swetz

James Swetz


You may be gone, Jimmy, but never forgotten!

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Graduating from Pocono Mountain High School, the University of Pittsburgh, and George Washington University's School of Law, he was an inspiration to many. As a lover of different cultures and ecology, James "Jimmy" spent three months studying ecosystems in Tanzania in his early twenties. After expanding his already vast knowledge of nature, he returned to Pittsburgh to finish school and work his way towards a position in Washington, D.C., assisting the U.S. Navy in correcting a tragic situation involving unexplained deaths of Caribbean whales. Always looking to challenge himself, Jimmy went on to study law, graduating at the top of his class. Jimmy then returned to Pittsburgh to pursue a career as an attorney. He worked tirelessly to make his dreams a reality and always left everyone that knew him asking the same question, "Where does Jimmy find the time to accomplish all of this?" He was unforgettable to anyone who had the good fortune of meeting him. Jimmy is survived by his mother, Margaret; his father, James; his siblings, Matthew and Megan; Matthew's wife, Rebekah; and his step-fathers, John and Mark; numerous cousins; and countless friends.

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Like many, Jimmy refused to admit he had a problem. Unfortunately, his failure to do so, cost him his life. Yet, for 39 years, he brought happiness to his family and friends. He will never be forgotten.

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He loved life, fought for the underdog and made those around him smile. He was extremely bright, a credit to his family and the legal profession. For those who loved him, the thought of not having him with us is devastating. Yet, we hope his potential and tragic loss will be understood by those who read this memorial. RIP Jim. You will be missed.

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