UPDATE: Ridgewood Man Who Died in Upstate New York Car Crash Identified

Police are still determining how George Swan drifted off the road and into a parked tractor trailer on Sunday.

A Ridgewood man died after his car struck a tractor trailer parked on a small pull-off road in rural Walton, New York, according to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Ridgewood police identified George Swan, 53, as the man Delaware County sheriff's officials said drifted off a curve on State Road 206 and struck an unoccupied tractor trailer parked at an adjacent pull-off Sunday at around 4:30 p.m.

Swan was prounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner. Authorities are continuing to investigate how the accident occurred, according to the news release.

He leaves behind his wife and high school sweetheart, Kathy; his four children, Shauna, Kacey, Brennan, Tanner, and son-in-law Eddie Brooks.

Calling hours at Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood will be conducted Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m., according to his death notice.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chuch at 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Maroon Council at Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, New York, 13346 in memory of George Swan.

This report was last updated at 4:03 p.m. Monday.

Elizabeth Cox November 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
this is so sad-
James Kleimann November 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Just as an FYI: I deleted more than a dozen comments that aren't related to what matters here – a man lost his life. I've also updated the story to include information on who the deceased is.
Fred Grygiel November 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Thanks Mr. Kleiman. Sometimes the level of incivility is astounding, disappointing and downright ugly and mean spirited. What a tragedy...
J.C. Lee November 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
My most heart felt sympath to the loved ones of Mr. George Swan, may he rest in peace.
Don O'Hagan November 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Mr Kleiman: What did you have to delete? I was a classmate/football teammate of George's. Salt of the Earth guy. Never met anyone better in 40 years. We couldn't wipe the smile of his face; tried many times. "A Giver - not A Taker". I'm so saddened by this. Shaken.... *DCO'H USR
joseph mullen November 27, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Great guy and family man. Joseph T Mullen jr.
Dianna Ivanov November 27, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Glad I didn't see the comments you needed to delete. So disappointing. My heart and prayers go out to his family.
veronica November 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM
my boyfriend and i were the first on the scene ,ive never felt so helpless in my life ,i wish there was something we could have done ,but other then just waiting for ems to come there was nothing anyone could have done ,its very sad to see he had so many people who loved him and are feeling completely devastated,so sorry that we could not save the man ,im sure he is in heaven ,because even the scene had the strangest calm around it
Harry Trudeau November 27, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I can not thank Swanny enough for how he helped me and my family- rest in peace George-
Lisa Fitzmaurice November 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
George was one of the nicest men my family encountered during our time at RHS Lacrosse. He always knew when someone's child was hurting and had a kind word to say to try to make the parents and son always feel better. A true leader in our opinion, and yes our family will always remember his smile.
Scott Selders November 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
My Heart felt sympathies go out to the Swan Family.
Houghton Family November 27, 2012 at 03:45 PM
We knew and loved George. He had presence. We shall miss him. Our thoughts are with Kathy and their children.
kathy lynam November 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The comments were not about Mr Swan they were about the picture of the police car in the picture nothing to do with the accident or Mr Swan.
Gene Petraglia November 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
When i thought about what to write here, I thought about the times I spent with George and a smile just kept coming across my face. When you where with George you just felt happy. A great guy! My sympathies to the Swan Family
Ralph November 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Muller Family May his perpetual smile shine upon his friends and his loved ones forever!
jerry logan November 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Always a smile and always a kind word about your family.You will be missed big george .May the four winds blow you safely home.
Steve Marquard November 27, 2012 at 09:44 PM
That smile, that laugh. A tremendous father, husband and kind friend. George, you will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to Kathy and the children. The Marquards
alex November 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
George, rest in peace. I will miss you. Alex.
Dan Streicher November 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Kathy, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, what a tragedy. Dan and Sue Streicher (Bob's Brother an sister-in-law).
Bob Picinich November 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Swanny, we love you and will miss you. I heard the news too late to make the funeral but you and your family are in my prayers. Kathy, if you need anything, let me know. Pic
Shauna Swan November 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
We love you Dad. You were the best father ever. You were the kindest, sweetest, most loving, truly genuine and selfless man I've ever known. As our cousin Meg said, "you were the kind of man you could love deeply upon meeting." We will miss your big smile, your enthusiasm, your huge heart, and the way you made us laugh. There is not a day that went by that we didn't feel your love and support, you went above and beyond in everything you did. Love you Dad. Life will never be the same without you.
Kathryn Ruggles November 29, 2012 at 08:27 PM
"No matter how brave we think we are, or think we can be, we must call sorrow by it's right name and see It for what it is. Only then can we avail ourselves of the treasure that is hidden in the folds of its dark cloak. I think that we should not, by any twist of the words we use, minimize what we are going through, what anyone goes through, when death enters upon life and removes a member of our circle, family-close or friendship wide. There will be time enough to ponder the event, to philosophize about it, to discover its significance. Now the bleak fact stands; a light has gone out, wherever it may be shining, it is here no longer." Elizabeth Yates in, Up the Golden Stair. May the love of family and friends help you to heal. The Ruggles Family
Kacey Swan November 30, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Words can't describe the tremendous loss my family is feeling. My dad was truly an extraordinary father, husband, friend, coach and person. We appreciate all the love and support we have received. He will forever be in our hearts.
Nancy Brooks December 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Veronica, Thank you for sharing this experience. Your words about the calm you felt has brought comfort to family members and friends. I'm also so thankful you and your boyfriend stopped to try and help.
Rose Dunn December 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I love you all and am so sorry about this. Even though I couldn't be there with you, you were in my heart and prayers. Aunt Ro
Sue Wojtyna Matthews December 14, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Kathy, I am just now hearing about this and I am so sorry. I remember George from EFA football with my brother, and of course, you from our playground supervisors and our time at Answerphone. You have crossed my mind many times, and I have looked for you on Facebook. I am saddened to find you in this way. Everyone talks about George's smile, and I remember that too. But I also remember you, as one of the sweetest, most beautiful girls I've ever met and I hate that this has happened to you and your family.


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