Maynard Dale “Sam” Swayne, born February 5, 1934; deceased Dec.12, 2022, last remaining offspring of Martha Pearl (True) Swayne and Ezra Cecil Swayne.
Sam is survived by daughters Kathleen Grace (Joseph), Martha Schadt (Jon), sons Adam Swayne (Vickie Brenneman), Glenn Swayne, Bruce Swayne (Rhonda); fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces and his longtime companion Carol Davis. Sam was predeceased by sons Christopher Bradley and Brian Dale; wife, Paula “Susie” Johnson Swayne.
The youngest of nine children, he was the apple of his mother’s eye. Sam graduated from Allegany High School in 1953 and attended St. John’s College, Annapolis. He worked in restaurant and hotel management and was a shop teacher at Bruce High School in Westernport. At one point he held three jobs, as shop teacher, grocery worker at the old Westernport A & P and as a “broke hustler” at the Luke Paper Mill. He went on to work 30 years at Westvaco, retiring in 1998.
Sam attended the Piedmont Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and choir member. He was a teacher at the Backbone Mountain Forestry Camp for Boys. A member of a Deep Creek Lake sailing club, Sam made replica dining chairs for the clubs’ dining room.
Sam loved music and dancing, especially salsa and Spanish language songs. A student of Spanish throughout his adult life, he attended a total immersion Spanish class in Costa Rica. He visited Costa Rica as often as he could.
Sam enjoyed woodworking, carving, tennis, sailing, lingering over a meal, creating a meal and the antics of his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was the devoted caregiver for sisters Hazel, Armeda and Edna and his wife Paula until their passings.
Family and friends will gather at Boal Funeral Home, Westernport on Friday, December 16th from 4 to 6 p.m.
A memorial service honoring Sam’s life will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m.