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GMDC mourns loss of former chairman Richard Swain
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Industry veteran Richard “Dick” Swain, 83 and former GMDC chairman, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2016 in Granbury, Texas, GMDC reported Monday.
Swain was born Jan. 7, 1933 in Philadelphia and graduated from Olney High School and Temple University. After marrying Louise in 1962, the couple moved throughout the country as Dick pursued various management positions in the food industry.
Before retiring in 1999, he founded and was president of Valu Merchandisers, a general merchandise supplier for supermarkets, a subsidiary of Kansas City based Associated Wholesale Grocers. He also served as chairman of the board for Global Market Development Center, a national trade association.
According to GMDC, Swain enjoyed golf and was very active with Acton UMC and other area Methodist churches, assisting with finance, stewardship and building programs. He is remembered for his love for family and friends, his strong faith and service to his Lord and his drive to help others.
He was preceded in death by parents Lacey and Miriam Swain. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Louise, sons David and Jeff, daughter in-law Julie, and grandsons Andy and Zach.