Bud Swerz, 86, World War II veteran, worked on space telescope

Bud Swerz, 86, of Ridgefield, died at home Monday night, April 22, 2013.

Bud grew up on Long Island, the youngest of five brothers: Steve, Charlie, Al and Nick, all of whom predeceased him. He met a group of friends in grammar school, with whom he maintained a lifelong connection and affectionately referred to as the “Venerable Seven.”

During his first year at MIT, he was drafted into the Army to serve his country in World War II. He returned to graduate from Cornell University and received a Master of Science degree from Boston University.

Bud married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Dickey, in 1953. She died in 1979.

He worked at Sperry Gyroscope and Grumman Aerospace before beginning his career at Perkin Elmer, which he described as the happiest time of his life. He was most proud of the work the company did on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Bud was an active member of St. Stephen’s Church, serving as Senior Warden and enjoying 40 years of monthly dinners with a group of “Saints and Sinners.”

He was an avid gardener and member of the Ridgefield Horticulture Society. Monday afternoon wood carving and coffee at Founder’s Hall and Wednesday Men’s Club meetings were activities that he looked forward to.

Bud is survived by his daughters Mary Beth Snyder and Susan Ruehl (Bruce) and his four grandchildren: Will and Annie Snyder and Charlie and Mary Ruehl and the animals that he loved – Daisy, Sadie, Pepper and Skippy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Founder’s Hall, 193 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877.