Philip F. Swotkewicz of Jamesport NY died peacefully at his home on October 28, 2022 at the age of 77, surrounded by his family. He is survived by the love of life Mary to whom he was married 52 memorable years; his three children, Danielle Lagnese (Michael), Lauren Natale (Patrick) and Philip Swotkewicz (Jolene); and eight grandchildren, Sophia, Jake and Emilia Lagnese, Patrick and Philip Natale and Sarah, Caitin & Philip Swotkewicz. He is also survived by his brother Frank Swotkewicz.
Philip was born July 28, 1945, in Greenport, NY, he was the son of Philip W. Swotkewicz and Francis Alaimo. He was raised on his family farm on Herricks Lane in Jamesport. He attended St. John's Elementary School and graduated from Mercy High School. He started his higher education at Suffolk Community College and then graduated from Parsons College in Iowa with a BSBA in Economics. After graduating from college, he began working on Wall Street at Harris Upham. He then joined the Riverhead office of Wood Walker, which was acquired by Legg Mason in 1972, then EF Hutton in 1976, Lehman Brothers in 1988, Citigroup in 1993, then Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney in 2009. He remained with one company all those years building a significant business and taking on leadership roles managing several offices while at EF Hutton as well as Morgan Stanley. In 2010 he joined Merrill Lynch and continued working until his retirement in August of 2022.
Philip was an active member of his community. He served on the Board of Directors of Peconic Bay Medical Center here in Riverhead and has helped raise and personally donate a significant amount of money to them over the years. He was an active member of St. Isidore’s parish where he would lector at the 8am mass and was a treasurer on the church board during their refurbishment of the church steeple. He was member of the Lions Club and served as their president. He was on the board of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) of Riverhead. He also taught continuing education evening classes at Riverhead High School.
When Philip was not working, he could be found relaxing at his home at Simmons Point with his family. There is nothing he liked better than hosting large gatherings with friends and family and spending time with children and grandchildren. He had a tremendous work ethic, positive attitude and was generous to all. He led a “Phenomenal” life.