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Frederick W. Schwing passed away on January 24,2021. Born in Baltimore City, Fred was a devoted Catholic and proud member of St Francis of Assisi Parish in Mayfield. He was generous in many ways including giving his time to serve on the Parish Council, serving time as the President of the Home School Association, and sat on the Finance Committee. You could also find him in the kitchen cooking during the turkey dinners, Bull and Oyster Roast and many other functions.
Fred was also a very successful business owner having dozens of car dealerships over the years, many with his father. He would often say his employees were his biggest asset, made him successful and helped build the Schwing brand. He was both feared and admired by his competitors and he valued each customer.
Fred was a avid boater and thought the Chesapeake Bay was the most beautiful body of water in the world. His love for the water started with his family growing up and continued his entire life. Over the years there were dozens of boats, including 7 hydroplanes that he, along with his father, built. Many which set records. In the summer you always knew where to find Fred as he considered the Baltimore Yacht Club his second home.
Fred love to help people and could often be seen fixing boat engine, cutting grass, cutting bushes, making a home repair for his family, friends, neighbors and sometimes he didn’t even know them, he just knew they needed help. He could build and fix anything, he was proud that many of these skills were passed down to his boys.
Fred was a jokester and a great story teller. He would often hold court at family and neighborhood parties, seeing everyone laughing and having fun, would put a smile on his face. His family and friends were dear to him and he valued every moment with them.
His Grandchildren gave him joy. He even named a boat after them. They brought out a softer side in Fred that many have never seen. Whether he was driving or talking about school, taking them to lunch across the bay, listening to their accomplishment, letting them paint his nails, it didn’t matter he just loved being around them.
He loved and cherished his wife Mary. They were frequent travelers and held each moment near to his heart. Her safety and well being were at the top of his mind. Fred was also very proud of his three boys, Mike, Dave, and Steve. He was the beloved husband of Mary Cavey Schwing; loving father of Michael, David and his spouse Jeannine, Stephen & his spouse Laura; devoted son of the late Vincent L. Schwing and Louisa nee Storath; dear sister of Mary Louise, Jane (deceased), & Betty; cherished grandfather of Paul, Cate, Izzy, Maddy, Ian, Lilly. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
Sincere heartfelt thanks to all those who have expressed condolences to the Schwing family. Unfortunately because of COVID-19, the memorial Mass will be private but will be lived streamed on St. Francis of Assisi's website.Home (sfabalt.org)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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