SWIFT, Michael David
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It is with great sorrow, and a profound sense of loss, that we announce the peaceful death at home of Michael David Swift on September 11, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Minto, New Brunswick, the second son of the late Victor and Madeline (Cullen) Swift, he was predeceased by his son David in 2010, and is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Ann (McGreevy) Swift and his caring sons, Peter and Andrew (Jamie Reardon), and David's wife Chrissanthi Pahinis. He was a wonderful and doting grandfather to six much-loved grandchildren: Michael, Thomas, Alexandra, Adam, Alyssa and Olivia. He took great pleasure in being an active presence in their lives, and was very proud of all of them. In addition, he is survived by four siblings, Thomas (Maureen), Rev. Maurice, George (Serge Beaudoin), Veronica Soloman, and many nieces and nephews. A graduate of St. Dunstan's University (Charlottetown, PEI) in 1958, he achieved his Master's Degree in History from the University of New Brunswick in 1964, following four years of teaching high school in his hometown of Minto and Oromocto, NB. Mike's long and distinguished career in Archives Management began in 1964, alternating between the New Brunswick provincial archives and back to Ottawa to increasing responsibilities at the National Archives of Canada, from which he retired as the Assistant National Archivist in 1997. He was an active member of the professional archives community, the Canadian Historical Society and a founding member of the Association of Canadian Archivists. He was also active on the International Council of Archives, contributing to many publications and participating in international meetings. In retirement, he ran a consulting business in records management for several years. Michael loved sports of all kinds, from basketball in university, to coaching minor hockey for his sons' teams, and golf, which he always felt he started too late in life. In 2002, he was inducted into the Governor General's Curling Club in recognition of his many years of service to Canadian curling, a sport he pursued passionately for 35 years. In retirement, he and Ann were avid spectators with friends at many curling events in Canada, Europe and Scotland. In recent years, he was an active member of the Rotary Club of West Ottawa, leading the organization of their archives, and instituting a records management program. Friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home - Carling Chapel
2313 Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ontario
K2B 7G3, 613-828-2313 www.kellyfh.ca
Monday, September 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, September 17 to St. Maurice's Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, 2013