I grew up around Roy as a young boy. He was the toughest guy I knew and would routinely swim in the Puget Sound like it was bath water. He was always quick with a joke and loved to laugh. I enjoyed spending time with him because he was always upbeat and happy. And he and my father loved exchanging Norwegian and Swedish jokes (although they were the same jokes, just the nationalities were changed).
Roy, thank you for your dedication and years of volunteer service protecting City of Edmonds and our community.
"Sweede" was a class guy and good firefighter. when I was a young fire explorer and later volunteer firefighter I served with him. He was a mentor in my early days. I was proud to serve along side him. Rest in Peace Sweede
I served on the Edmonds Fire Department as a volunteer with Roy between 1966-69. I will always remember him as a hard worker, both on the department and with the phone company. He took time to teach the younger guys and had us go through the exercise until we got it correct. He knew how to build our confidence. He was a good man and won't be forgotten.
Although a Cousin, Roy always felt like an Uncle to me. He always had a joke for me when I would see him, a true Swanson! I remember when I moved out to Duvall after I finished building a house, he called a couple of times (after helping check on my Grandmother for us, while my parents were away) to make sure I played it smart and wired the house for a generator and the bigger the generator the better! I told him that the house was wired for it and the generator I had purchased was apparently much bigger than what he had in mind and made me go out to the garage to confirm it, while he was on the phone.:) I remember him saying at the end of that conversation, “Well, you're just a big girl now and don't need to worry about you!” That was a huge compliment, coming from him. I was so happy that he had enough strength to tell me one last joke, while visiting him in the hospital and will cherish it that much more! He told me he was an S.O.B. a “Sweet Old Boy...” yes, you were. Roy was a big presence in our family and we will miss him, greatly!