“And off in the far distance, the gold on the wings of the angel atop the bell tower of San Marco flashed in the sun, bathing the entire city in its glistening benediction.” ― Donna Leon, Death in a Strange Country
April 16, 2014
Tom Carney '44

Tom Carney ’44

Tom Carney ’44 and his wife Mim Swartz loved visiting Venice, Italy. He loved Venice for its beautiful centuries-old palazos and peaceful walkways. His favorite spots included Harry’s Bar, which was frequented by Ernest Hemingway, and the Piazza San Marco.

Carney, who was in Artillery at Culver Military Academy, was an attorney from Golden, Colo., and Swartz is a travel writer for the Denver Post.

Years before, they had talked casually about scattering his ashes in the waters of their favorite city. But when he entered the hospital a month before he passed away on Feb. 3, 2013, the discussions became serious. Carney told his wife of an alternative in Colorado “If you can’t make it to Venice.”

But Swartz decided to make his dream a reality – as much for her as for him. She wanted to visit the city with her husband one last time.

Following her experiences, Swartz wrote a special article for the newspaper about the seven-month bureaucratic struggle to fulfill her promise, and the emotional day (his birthday, Oct. 7) she placed his cremated remains in the Laguna di Venezia.

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