Alexander Willard Swanson passed away February 9th, 2014 at 86 years of age. Born on December 11th, 1927 in West Vancouver. Alex was an integral part of the WV community. As a child, Alex was a member of the WV Boys Band and Sailing Club. Alongside his brother Dave, Alex grew up on foot, on skis, on bike and by boat, before starting a career in the insurance industry. He volunteered for 17 years with WV fire department, and was a longtime member of the WV Legion. Alex and Wendy (married 48 years) raised 4 children, spending a great deal of time at their cabin "The Doghouse". This was the start of a long relationship with Hollyburn Mountain and the Heritage Society. Alex was known as a collector of memorabilia; however, his legacy was his impact on people. Alex is lovingly remembered by his children, Rick (Karen), Lea (Bud), David (Kythe) and Dona, 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, and his partner of 15 years, Jeanne Brookes. We extend our deepest appreciation to Jeanne and her family. Alex shared a wonderful life filled with laughter and happiness. He had a contagious spirit, and could put a smile on anyone's face with the right story or joke. Alex will continue to live on in our hearts. A celebration of Alex's life will be held at the WV Legion on March 22, 2014 at 4:00pm. Come raise a glass with us and celebrate a wonderful life. "Love you baby."
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Published in The North Shore News from Feb. 16 to Mar. 17, 2014