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Captain E. Randall Swan, Jr.

September 13, 1937 — January 29, 2024

Mt. Pleasant

Captain E. Randall Swan, Jr.

Captain Edward Randall Swan, Jr., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Nancy Jo Mobley Swan, entered into eternal rest Monday January 29, 2024. The family will receive friends at J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel,1494 Mathis Ferry Road, from 5-7pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. His funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2024 in St. Andrews Church Ministry Center, 440 Whilden Street, Mount Pleasant at 2pm.

Randall was born September 13, 1937, in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Edward Randall Swan and Laura Hughes Swan. Randall attended the Crafts School and Charleston High. He was a Charleston Harbor Pilot for 40 years and was a pillar in the maritime and sailing community. He was the President of the Charleston Pilots Association, President of the Propeller Club of Charleston, a member of the Charleston Pilotage Commission, President of the Maritime Association of Charleston, and served as a Lay Chaplain with the Charleston Port and Seafarers Society. He was a Senior Warden of St. Andrews Church in Mount Pleasant. He was an Alpha Leader, a member of the prayer team of St. Andrews, a youth teacher, and served with Kairos Ministry. He was an avid sailor with many national and international championships. He also was a finalist in the 1964 Olympic Trials in the Finn class. He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and the Charleston Yacht Club.

Randall loved walks, whether that meant walking the barrier islands of the Lowcountry, the sandy roads of Edisto Island, or in his neighborhood walking to the Shem Creek docks. He loved rowing, kayaking, fishing, birding, and sitting on the porch reading and watching the ships pass by. Randall had a love for sailing that he passed on to his wife and children. His outstanding seamanship was seen throughout the Charleston sailing community, fellow sailors, and the committees he served on. He also loved to travel and spent many summers in Newfoundland.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Jo, of 50 years; four sons: Matthew, Andrew (Sarah), Michael (Anne), Eric (Leah); four grandsons: Hardy, Finn, Caleb and Randall IV; one great-granddaughter, Harper. He was predeceased by his parents; his son Randall III, and his sister Nancy Swan Barnes.

Randall was the most loving and caring man, generous in all he did. He was a prolific reader and master storyteller. He loved to be outside and saw God’s glory in nature. He was fun, loved to tell jokes, always encouraged others and had the warmest smile. He loved his family and friends, and had a way of making those around him feel heard. Randall walked with the Lord, he was a man of great faith, incredibly humble, a servant-leader and mentor to many.

Memorials may be made to Charleston Port and Seafarers Society, PO Box 2442, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465 or to St. Andrews Church, 440 Whilden Street, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464


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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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In the Ministry Center

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