Francis R. Swift Jr.


Francis R. Swift Jr.

bridge engineer

Francis R. Swift Jr., 80, of Warwick, went to be with the Lord January 2, 2012 at Kent Hospital. He was the husband of Margery F. (Wyks) Swift, to whom he had been married for 56 years.

Francis, or “Swifty” as he was known to both family and friends, was born in South Kingstown to Francis R. Swift Sr. and Dorothy E. (Northup) Swift. Following his seven-year term of service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, trained as a fighter pilot, Swifty obtained his B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Rhode Island in 1961 and his P.E. license shortly afterward. He began his career with the State of Rhode Island as a bridge engineer, where he worked until his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of Quidnessett Baptist Church for many years. Swifty was an avid gardener throughout most of his life, taking particular pride in the tomatoes that he grew. He half-reluctantly kept a “lazy eye” on the Boston Red Sox, but the Rhody Rams basketball team was a primary source of interest.

Besides his wife he is survived by his children, Gregory R. Swift and his wife, Claire, of Exeter, Alison M. Swift of East Greenwich and Grant E. Swift of North Kingstown. He was the cherished grandfather of Shawna A. Swift of Cranston and Olivia H. Swift of Exeter. He was the brother of William R. Swift and his wife, Margaret, of Warwick.

His graveside service and burial with military honors was held Jan. 9 in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, 6365 Post Road, North Kingstown. Calling hours were held Jan. 6 in Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home of Wickford, 140 West Main St., Wickford Village, North Kingstown.

Gifts in his memory to Quidnessett Baptist Church, 6356 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852 would be appreciated. For online messages of condolence visit