William Swietnicki of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Albany, July 23, 1959 he was the son of Bernetta Swietnicki and the late Edward Swietnicki. William moved to Arizona as a teenager and worked as a journeyman carpenter for many years. In 1988, he returned to NY to live with his uncle, John Sole, who inspired him to earn his degree to teach building trades. He was a supervisor for Saratoga County, working at Maplewood Manor for 12 years.
In 2009 he became Director of Operations and Maintenance for Galway Central School; a job he dearly loved and aspired to. Although he was there only a short time, he and they knew he had made a difference.
Bill was a 5 year member of the Ballston Spa Country Club and lived for Tuesday night golf league and weekend golf outings. As he was a talented finish carpenter, he created beautiful pieces of furniture and cabinetry for his family and friends. Bill was a meticulous landscaper such that his home was jokingly thought of as the Hannum St centerpiece. His incredible sense of humor is what made him such a special husband, friend and colleague. Bill and his wife loved to travel and took annual cruises and made several extensive trips overseas.
William is survived by his wife of 17 years, Eileen Burgess, his mother Bernetta Swietnicki of Arizona, 2 sisters, Ellen Dean of Arizona and Jayne Solesbee of Arizona, a brother, Mark Swietnicki of Georgia, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 1pm Sunday, May 22, at the Ballston Spa Country Club, Route 67, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, with hopes for a cure, at 6725 Lyons Street, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.