HENRY SWAN - BURLINGTON - Surrounded by his family and in the arms of his beloved wife, Teresa, Henry Swan, 79, longtime Burlington resident, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Henry was born in Hanover, N.H., on March 7, 1934, the son of Hebert and Marion Sheridan Swan. Born into a New England founding family, Henry was a direct descendant of Robert Swan who immigrated from England in 1624. He attended New Hampton School in New Hampshire, and St. Michael's College in Vermont. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. A modest man, Henry earned numerous awards and Governor appointments in the field of Fire Prevention Safety Engineering. In 1987, he was presented the Vermont Governor's Fire Prevention Leadership Award by Governor Madeline Kunin for significant leadership and commitment to the development of Vermont Fire and Burn Safety Programs. He was appointed by and served under Governors Snelling, Kunin, Dean and Douglas on the Vermont Electricians Licensing Board. Traveling throughout New England, he assisted state fire marshals instructing fire prevention and education at fire departments and regional fire schools. In 1977, he developed a wood stove safety program, publishing a film and brochure entitled, "Heating With Wood Safely," endorsed by the Underwriters Laboratory which was used extensively by the Chittenden County Firefighters Association, multiple Vermont state agencies, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the National Consumer Products Safety Commission. One of Henry's proudest accomplishments was the inventing and design of the Insulflue, a Safety Sleeve for Through-the-Wall Stovepipe Installation, which was patented and became a present day safety code. An avid outdoorsman, Henry enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, skiing and family vacations to Maine. Henry is survived by his wife and soul mate of 55 years, Teresa; their seven children and their spouses, Darlene and Rick Brooker, Kathleen Burroughs, Patricia and Bob Palmer, Kenneth and Melissa Swan, Gary and Debbie Swan, Gail Swan, and Susan and Gary Gillette; 14 grandchildren; sister, Ann Maltais; and many close friends whom he considered family. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., in Winooski. A Mass celebrating Henry's life will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Burlington. Interment to follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 28, 2013