Swanson, Philip W.
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Philip "Red" William Swanson answered a peaceful last call on July 16, 2013, with loving family at his side. Phil was born in Milford, CT on July 28, 1928, and spent the first half of his life there.
Phil was very proud of being a professional fire fighter for 25 years with the Milford Fire Department. He continued this commitment to public service by volunteering for fire departments everywhere he has lived since then, including Plymouth, VT, Woodstock, VT, Volusia County, FL, and most recently for the Malletts Bay Fire Department in Colchester, VT. He loved the fire service, and was committed even in retirement to doing what he could to support his own and other fire fighters' professional development. In addition to his fire service, he was a Deputy Windsor (VT) County Sheriff and a part-time officer for the Woodstock, VT, Police Department.
Phil and his second wife, Rosalind Schang Swanson, celebrated their 45-year wedding anniversary last fall. Roz currently lives at Shelburne Bay Senior Living, in Shelburne, VT. In addition, Phil is survived by two children, five step-children, two grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. Phil was pre-deceased by his parents, three siblings, and by a grandson.
There will be a Celebration of Phil's Life at 2 pm on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in the Great Room at Shelburne Bay Senior Living in Shelburne, Vermont.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the wonderful care given to Phil by staff and caregivers at Shelburne Bay Senior Living, the VNA Adult Day programs and Hospice program, and The Arbors in Shelburne. Phil was lucky to have known each of you.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your local fire department.
Published in Connecticut Post on July 19, 2013