Ian E. Swarr, 16, Make-A-Wish Convoy regular, lifetime member of several local fire and rescue companies

By on June 11, 2014
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Ian E. Swarr, 16, of Washington Boro, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 7, 2014 at home surrounded by family and friends after a brilliant, heroic fight with Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Born May 28, 1998, in Lancaster, he was the loving son of Delicia A. (Swarr) married to Troy E. Bolin.

Ian attended LCBC and was a lifetime member of several local and out-of-state fire companies. He was a regular attendee at the Make-A-Wish Convoy and rode with the Ephrata Area Rescue Services truck. He also was a member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society-Philadelphia Chapter.

Ian Swarr (left) met Taylor Kinney, star of "Chicago Fire," in January. (Photo courtesy of LancasterOnline.com)

Ian Swarr (left) met Taylor Kinney, star of “Chicago Fire,” in January. (Photo courtesy of LancasterOnline.com)

He will be lovingly missed by his parents; three siblings: Noah, Braden and Emma; grandparents: Brenda and Carl Groff, of Washington Boro, and Robin Bolin, of Lancaster; great-grandparents: Harold Swarr, of Millersville, and Gloria and James Bolin, of Mountville; as well as extended family and many caring friends.

Ian’s Celebration of Life Fireman’s Funeral will be held at the Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, on Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m.. There will be viewings held at the Worship Center on Friday between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. Fire Apparatus and Emergency Vehicles will accompany Ian to his final resting place.

Ian rides in the 2014 Make-A-Wish Convoy in the Ephrata Area Rescue Services truck. (Photo courtesy of Chris Haldeman)

Ian rides in the 2014 Make-A-Wish Convoy in the Ephrata Area Rescue Services truck. (Photo courtesy of Chris Haldeman)

The family strongly requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial Remembrances may be made in Ian’s memory to P.A.L.S. (Patient AirLift Services), 120 Adams Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735, palservices.org or The Butterfly Fund, P.O. Box 235 El Verano, CA 95433, thebutterflyfund.org.

To submit an on-line condolence, visit scheidfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Schied Funeral Home, Millersville.

Around the globe, Ian was an inspiration to everyone who came to know of him on his life journey.

“Even though Ian was battling a horrible disease, he still had an inseparable love with the fire service that brought inspiration and joy to everyone,” posted Blue Rock Fire Rescue on its Facebook page. “We will miss you Ian and will always keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Fly high buddy.”

A fund drive has been established at fundrazr.com to raise money for Ian’s funeral expenses. The goal is $10,000.

Those not wishing to donate online can send checks to Susquehanna Bank, c/o Ian Swarr, 325 Locust St., Columbia, PA 17512.

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