1928 - 2002Updated Tuesday January 7, 2014 by Kitchener Sports Association.
Jim Swartz, born in Kitchener, was an outstanding basketball and baseball player in his youth, and a supporter of sport in the Region of Waterloo throughout his life.
He was the leading scorer and captain of the K-W YMCA Blues (basketball) which he led to the Canadian Championship in 1953. After his playing days, Swartz coached basketball at Wilfrid Laurier University on a volunteer basis in the early 1960s. He refereed basketball games at both the high school and university levels and he administered the KW Referees Association and conducted training clinics for two generations of referees.
Swartz was actively involved in the Kitchener Sports Association for over forty-eight years, serving as secretary of the Association for forty years. He was instrumental in the development of all of KSA’s projects: The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Jack Couch Park, the Waterloo County Hall of Fame, Lion’s Baseball Park, Breithaupt Baseball Park, the Boxing Academy, and the KSA Volunteer’s Dinner and Scholarship Program. He also helped to raise funds for many individuals and teams traveling to national and international sport competitions.
Swartz served on the Board of Governors of the Waterloo County Hall of Fame as secretary and treasurer, and as chairman of the Sports Research Committee.
He was married to the former Judy Siebert for fifty-one years, and the proud father of four children Nancy, Tom, David and Jennifer. Grandpa to Erin, Meghann, Joel, Laurie, Josh and Kelly.