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Updated: 09/18/2013 08:00:05AM

Herbert T. Sweeney Jr.

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Herbert T. Sweeney Jr., 86, of Venice, Fla., formerly of West Chester, Pa., died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. He was born Oct. 19, 1926.

Herbert was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and was the cofounder of H.T. Sweeney & Son Inc., a site work construction company in Brookhaven, Pa., that was started in 1947.

He retired to Florida in 1994. He enjoyed playing golf, wildlife and his puppies. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Waterford Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Denise, of Venice, Fla.; sons, Herbert T. Sweeney III and his wife, Kathryn, of Spring City, Pa., and Glenn Scott Sweeney Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Chase City, Va; stepdaughter, Barbara Gornto, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Herbert IV, Kelly, Melissa, Kara and Glenn Jr.; two step-grandchildren, Allison and Dylan; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Shinn.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Alice, in 2003 and by a sister, Geraldine Massey.

Services: A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall for family and friends. To send condolences, visit:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238; or to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 790 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34285.