Sunday, May 29, 2016
Hugh B. Sweeny, Jr. “Jim"of Redding a former Westport resident, died May 21 following a very brief illness. He was 101.
He was born Sept. 24, 1914 in Plainfield, N.J. He later resided in Fanwood, N.J., where he served on the Town Council, and after 1975 in Westport.
He graduated from Princeton in 1935 and served as a field artillery officer in the Army from 1940 to 1945, reaching the rank of lt. colonel while in Germany.
In his long career as national program director for Junior Achievement in New York, he helped thousands of teenagers to learn the fundamentals of American business, a number of whom kept in touch with him until his death. He directed the annual summer conference that grew from 60 in 1949 to 3,000 in 1977 under his guidance.
He retired in Westport where, for almost 25 years, he was involved as a volunteer for home delivered Mmeals and Visiting Nurse and Hospice. He was president of the Covlee Association and of the Y’s Men and taught the AARP 55 Alive driving course.
He was also very active in the Saugatuck Congregational Church. He was grand marshal of the Westport Memorial Day parade in 2000.
He often recalled a turning point in his life when he had a chance encounter with the head of the Princeton Alumni Association. Money was short during the depression and he had vague plans to commute to Rutgers as a day student.
“Why not apply to Princeton?” the man suggested. “Maybe they will accept you.” He did, they did, and for four years he literally worked his way through college.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 74 years, Jeanne (nee Alling), a son Hugh III and his wife Amy, a daughter-in law Andrea Sweeny and a niece Barbara Rice. He was predeceased by a son David Alling Sweeny.
Services will be conducted on Monday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m .at First Church of Christ, Congregational in Redding.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hugh B. Sweeny Jr Memorial Grant, c/o Paul Brady, The Achievement Foundation, 460 Smith St.,, Suite E, Middletown, CT 06457-1594. or to First Church of Christ, Congregational, P. O. Box 1055, Redding, CT 06875.
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