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John F. Sweeney

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John F. Sweeney of Aspen died on June 15 in Monterey, Calif. He was born March 11, 1915, in Denver. After graduating from Yale University, Sweeney served in France during World War II as a captain in the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star. After the war, he returned to Denver and founded and served as president of the B.K. Sweeney Manufacturing Co., a maker of industrial tools and testing equipment.Sweeney was a devoted supporter of the arts and served as a board member of the Denver Symphony, including several years as chairman. He also served on the boards of Regis University and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.An active outdoorsman, Sweeney spent many years in Aspen skiing, fishing and camping with his family. He was a part-time Aspen resident starting in 1966 and a full-time resident since 1985.He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vivian, seven children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One son and one granddaughter preceded him in death.In lieu of flowers, contributions will be gratefully accepted by Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, 1257 Josselyn Canyon Road, Monterey, CA 93940.


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