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Roland Wayne Swintek
  • August 02, 1954
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  • December 09, 2020

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Roland Wayne Swintek, age 66, passed away following a battle with cancer on December 9, 2020 at Halifax Hospice in Port Orange, Florida. Roland and his wife, Karen Swintek, shared 14 years of marriage together. His life was centered around family and friends.

Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, he was the son of Walter and Bernice (Paris) Swintek. He attended Brother Rice High School, Lewis University and then received his Masters Degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Roland was a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He most recently worked at Publix – Regional in New Smyrna Beach. He loved his Publix family.

Roland rarely turned down an opportunity to golf, and he enjoyed motorcycling. He was a Safety Range Officer at Volusia Gun and Hunt Club. He loved spending time with family and friends. Roland will always be remembered for his wealth of knowledge about life, his incredible trivia skills and the know of the stock market.

He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Bernice Swintek, his sister, Lynelle Kelly, and his father-in-law, Donald Conroy.

He is survived by his wife and children, Stephen (Kristin) Swintek, Orland Park, IL; Lauren Swintek (Graham Grochocinski), Elmhurst, IL; Scott (Becky) Swintek, Davenport, FL, Joseph Sarli, Port Orange, FL, his brother Ronald (Janet) Swintek and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Conroy. Roland is also survived by his (brother and sister) in-laws and many nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly.

Roland’s Celebration of Life will be held on December 14, 2020 from 3-5PM at Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society at 620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, Florida. A private funeral service will be held at another date and location.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be mailed, in memory of Roland Swintek, to Halifax Health Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.


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  1. Marquita says:
    18 Dec 2020
    You changed my life forever the day you & Karen took a chance on me. I think of you and thank God for you often. Happiest adventures Roland- and I look forward to seeing your living face in Heaven

  2. Marquita says:
    18 Dec 2020
    Roland...when we met you had no idea of the volatile childhood and lifetime of survived in hope of building a better future life for myself. You took a chance on me. That chance translated j to doors of unfathomable opportunities and a business career I may have never dreamt of had if not been for you. I live you and am grateful for you always. See you soon Roland...holding you ever in my prayers and thoughts. Marquita

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    15 Dec 2020
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  5. Laurie Brand says:
    14 Dec 2020
    To the family of my Uncle Rolly. I am the daughter of Rich Buchalski - Roland's Uncle. I am so sorry for your loss. I imagine he was a fighter until the end. Roland was my Godfather and although our adult lives took us on different paths he fulfilled his duty to watch over me in my younger years. Yes I do recall he was a smart man - he knew a little about everything. He and his sister, Aunt Lenny, were my role models. After I graduated from his Alma mater - Lewis University - he suggested I look into a career of either banking, trusts and/or investments - possibly at Northern Trust. I followed his lead and am happy to report I am starting my 24th year at NT. Rest in peace Uncle Rolly - glad you are in peace celebrating with Aunt Bernie, Uncle Wally, Aunt Lenny, Grandma Florence and Grandpa Frank Buchalski. Please remember to have an Old Milwaukee with my Dad and tell him we miss him!

  6. Rachail Allen lit a candle:
    14 Dec 2020
    Lit since December 14, 2020 at 12:45:07 AM

  7. Beth Kennedy says:
    14 Dec 2020
    Karen,
    We have wonderful memories of time spent with you both! Lake Beresford, the Keys and most recently New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange. I will never go into Publix without looking for my hug, he gave the best hugs.
    Keep yourself happy by remembering all the good times.
    We love you.
    Doug and Beth Kennedy

  8. Ruth Stadler says:
    13 Dec 2020
    Karen, I have never met Roland but I’ve seen many photos of the both of you. I love how your face is lit up with love when you are with him. Treasure those times in your heart. My prayers are with you and the family.

    Ruth Stadler

  9. Randi Leone says:
    13 Dec 2020
    I met you both when you moved into cypress head. Such wonderful people, glad I got to know you. So very sorry for your loss. I know he will be in your heart and thoughts forever. Glad he is no longer suffering and is with the angels. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family I’m here for you anytime you need.

  10. Karen Swintek posted an image:
    13 Dec 2020
    Family ❤️
    Family ❤️

  11. Americo&Debbie Raimundo lit a candle:
    11 Dec 2020
    Lit since December 11, 2020 at 12:26:44 PM

  12. CARMINE RICCIARDI says:
    11 Dec 2020
    I first met Rollie back in 1988 when I started working for Merrill Lynch. He was my futures and options broker. We had many laughs along with Karen, Jim Graeber, and Dick Sandberg. Roland was a great guy and he will be sorely missed.

    Karen - take care of yourself and stay sfe.

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