Barry Swinehart was a kindhearted man who loved to make others laugh, said his daughter, Jennifer Rettker.
“He was really known for his sense of humor,” she said. “Even when he was in the hospital, the nurses commented on how he was always telling jokes.”
He loved telling jokes that were tongue-in-cheek, or puns, or just plain silly, she said.
“They were usually bad jokes, but they were always actually funny,” she said.
Barry Swinehart, 66, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, died July 14. He had worked at Majestic Casino.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 30 years, Patricia Swinehart, in 2005.
Rettker said her mother got sick while she was in college, and her dad took care of his wife until she passed away.
“Family was always first, and he was always willing to do anything for anyone,” she said. “He took care of mom after she was diagnosed with cancer without complaining.”
He loved sports, and in his younger years worked for a variety of Cleveland sports teams. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox.
Rettker said her father enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and going to their games.
Swinehart’s other hobby was his train collection, which was something he started with his father, Rettker said.
Rettker, who was an only child, said her father loved her unconditionally.
“He was always willing to do whatever he needed to do for me,” she said.