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December 10, 2013

Michael A. Swiderski

Michael A. Swiderski

ONEONTA — Michael A. Swiderski, 45, passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly early on Dec. 7, 2013.

Mike was born in Oneonta on Feb. 9, 1968, to Janis R. Bigwood-Swiderski and Eliguisz Swiderski. 

Mike was educated in Oneonta schools, graduating from Oneonta High School and attending SUNY Oneonta. 

He was united in marriage to Michelle Shultis of Schenevus and together they created a family with Andrew Michael and Jameson Edmund. The boys were the center of Mike’s life; they grounded and taught him to appreciate everything life had to offer.

After running his family business, Country Club Liquors, Mike found a wonderful home working for Opici Wine Company of New York, as a wine and liquor consultant. He truly loved his work, his co-workers and his customers.

Mike always loved politics and was for a time an Otsego County Representative, a role which he cherished and served proudly. 

Michael was the Pied Piper of fun, a true Renaissance man with a quick wit and an infectious laugh. He would give the pressed shirt off his back to anyone who asked for it. He was full of love and generosity and there are a few of those men left.  He was a gourmet chef, mowed a mean lawn and could play a fun game of kick-ball with all of the kids in the neighborhood.

While on his daily travels he always knew the best shortcut to take and would always take notice of the small things that you and I might miss, a sparkling pond, an antique car for sale, an American flag blowing in the wind. He would often bring these stories to the dinner table at the end of the day, along with a fine bottle of wine and keep you entertained for hours. We were lucky to have him at our table. 

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