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Longtime New Iberia Scoutmaster and community activist dies

Posted at 6:04 AM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 07:13:34-04

A longtime Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 133 in New Iberia and community activist has passed away.

The Evangeline Area Council shared to their Facebook page on Monday that longtime scoutmaster Paul Schwing had died. He was 91.

Schwing served the New Iberia Troop 133 from 1953 to 1988, acting as a scoutmaster for hundreds of young men, guiding them in the principles of Scout oath and law. The Evangeline Area Council says that over his four decades in service, Schwing had amassed one of the largest collections of Scouting memorabilia. That memorabilia was displayed in his home.

In 2017, Schwing was honored for his leadership during a scouting parade.

“Though he will be missed, Mr. Paul’s legacy will live on for generations through the countless lives he touched,” the Council’s post reads.

Many residents from New Iberia remember Schwing as the “Mayor of Main Street,” supporting efforts to develop the downtown area for more than 25 years.