Roland Sweet, who helped thousands of home buyers realize their dream of log and timber home living as editor-in-chief of Log Home Living magazine, as well as mentoring several generations of writers and editors, died of heart failure July 24th. He was 69.
Sweet helped launch Log Home Living in 1989. During his long career in the log and timber home industry, Sweet was also editor of Log Homes Illustrated, Timber Homes Illustrated and Distinctive Wood Homes magazines.
Sweet authored two books for the log and timber home industry, Log Home Secrets of Success (2010) and 100 Best Log Home Floor Plans (2007). He developed and presented log home seminars all over the country.
He began his career as an editor at The Syracuse New Times, a weekly newspaper, and wrote for a number of newspapers and special interest publications.
He was also the co-author, with Chuck Shepherd and John J. Kohut, of several volumes of the popular “News of the Weird” series, and continued his interest in human folly with a weekly syndicated column, “News Quirks,” which appeared in 16 U.S. and Canadian newspapers.
He won three Ozzie Awards for Publishing Excellence, the Syracuse Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement award, and, perhaps most proudly, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s Outstanding Tutor/Teacher Award for tutoring a Guatemalan immigrant in spoken and written English.
He is survived by his wife, Theodora T. Tilton; brother Samuel D. Sweet (Anne Corbett), and many nieces and nephews.
He loved his family, a succession of grateful rescue dogs, most recently Pippa, four foster elephants – Kibo, Shukuru, Ashaka, and Mbegu.