NORMAN -- The Sooner family suffered a tragic loss with the untimely passing of one of our own, Ric Swezey, over the weekend. A member of the 1991 National Championship team, Swezey also competed nationally with the Oklahoma cheer squad after completing his gymnastics eligibility.
"Ric was one of the kindest, most generous and positive people I've ever had the pleasure to know. The Sooner family has truly lost one of its brightest lights."
- Head Coach Mark Williams
"Ric was one of the kindest, most generous and positive people I've ever had the pleasure to know," Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams said. "He lifted up all those lucky enough to know him. His tragic loss is unfathomable. The Sooner family has truly lost one of its brightest lights."
Swezey went on to put his gymnastics talents to use at Disney World, first as a performer in both "The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular" and as one of the original Tumble Monkeys in "The Festival of the Lion King" show. He later worked as a recruiter, bringing many of his fellow Sooner alumni to live and work in Orlando, Fla.
Swezey also did stunt work for TV, stage and films such as "The Waterboy", and worked with the innovative AntiGravity Entertainment Group. Originally from Colorado, Swezey eventually settled in New York City with his husband and their twins, where he became a successful real estate agent with the Corcoran Group.
He remained an active and enthusiastic Sooner supporter, both as a donor to his alma mater, contributing to the Iron Cross Club, and a physical presence at Oklahoma gymnastics events around the world, including attending the most recent NCAA Championships with his family.
Ric is survived by his husband Nick Scandalios, their children Kate and Luke, his parents, Maynette and Bob, and his siblings. He is mourned by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Visitation will be on Wednesday June 7, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6-9 p.m. at Frank E Campbell "The Funeral Chapel" on 81st and Madison Avenue in New York City. A private, family funeral will be held Thursday, June 7 in Manhattan, N.Y. The Swezey family will also be holding a remembrance celebration of Ric's life in Denver, Colo., on June 17, from 4-6 p.m. at the VFW on Warren Ave.
In lieu of flowers the Swezey-Scandalios family has requested donations be made in Ric's name to the Family Equality Council of which Ric and his husband were tireless supporters.