Havertown Mourns Unexpected Death of Banker, Champion of Catholic Education

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His physical presence was easily recognizable, but his unexpected absence will be much more difficult for the community mourning the loss of Brian Zwaan.

His life loomed large, and his unexpected death looms even larger to those who knew and loved Havertown native and esteemed bank executive Brian Zwaan.

He died July 31 in a Sea Isle City swimming accident, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Colt Shaw.

“Besides the shock and sadness, there was clearly great love and celebration for a real man, a big presence, a great father and friend, a genuine business leader, someone who loved life, a good laugh and who put himself out there always for others and the community,” said WSFS President Mark Turner.


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Zwaan, who grew up at St. Denis School and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, was a Catholic All-American as a guard in football, but he was better known as a guardian of Carroll for years afterward. He served on its advisory board for 21 years, as well as the advisory board of Villa Maria Academy in Malvern.

Professionally, Zwaan was a co-founder and president of Penn Liberty Bank, then vice president and director of commercial banking when it was acquired by WSFS last year.

“Just a great human being; he was everybody’s friend,” said lifelong friend Stephen Kincade. “Big person; loud, loud voice. Big, big laugh.”

Read more of the tribute to Brian Zwaan in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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