Dear Members of the Dudley Family: I am saddened to have to report the death of #9655 William Sword, Jr. of Princteon, NJ, who was killed on October 29th after a large tree fell on him in his yard on the Great Road in Princeton as Hurricane Sandy swept through the area. He was 61 years old.
Bill and his wife, Martha, brought up their family in Princeton, where Bill served as Managing Director of Wm Sword & Co., an investment banking and advisory organization. He graduated from Princeton University in 1976. He also served on the board of directors of Centurion Ministries, the Princeton non-profit that works to free innocent people from prison, and on the advisory board of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.
Bill and Martha were longtime Princeton residents and hosts, along with his brother, sister and mom, of wonderful Dudley Reunions in Princeton, picking up from where his late dad, Bill and mom, Sally, left off after four decades of hosting. Bill was at Camp in the 1960s as a camper, Aide, Junior Leader and Leader.
Bill leaves his wife Martha, and a son, #18655 Will, daughters Gretchen and Hope, as well as his mother, #15400 Sally Pitcher Sword, his brother, #9969 Richard M. Sword and his wife, Elizabeth; his sister, #13331 Molly S. McDonough and her husband, Peter; and sister Sarah Lazarus and her husband Kenneth; and 7 nieces and nephews.
Bill brought an incredibly positive approach to everything that he took on. He loved returning to Dudley for a summer Chapel Service and Hymn Sing, getting out to Colorado to see Will, who led our 2012 NOLS trip last summer, and always asking, “How can I help.” The Dudley Community has lost a great friend, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his Martha and the entire Sword family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3rd at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, in Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Centurion Ministries or the Princeton Community Foundation.
Letters of support and condolence should be sent to Mrs. Martha Sword, 1036 The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.