Albert Silas Swire, 82, of Swoyersville, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Hospice Community Care inpatient unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, with his family by his side.
Mr. Swire was born in Dallas on Feb. 21, 1931, and was a son of the late Thomas Leroy and Martha Eveland Swire.
He attended the former Laketon High School, Harveys Lake. Albert was employed as a licensed blaster for various construction companies in the area, retiring from the John Connoly Construction Co., Luzerne.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
His wife, the former Susan Knorr, died in 2003. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Fred, Clarence, Jack and Coral; sisters, Jenny Guildner, Martha Steinruck and Emily Lord.
Surviving are his children, Carol Nichols-Sgarlet, Harveys Lake; Marie Marth, Kingston; Albert T. Swire and his fiancee, Denise Norton, Mt. Bethel; Susan Gilroy and her fiance, Richard Welch, West Wyoming; Ralph Swire and his wife, Jean, Lehman; Fred Swire and his partner, Ann Robbins, Lehman; Joan Brucher, Nanticoke; a brother, Clarence Swire, Norristown; sisters, Elva Hoffman, Forty Fort; Evangiline Kijek, Luzerne; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with Rev. L.D. Reed of the Emmanuel Assembly of God Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are sent to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704. Online condolences can be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com.