George E. Swanson(1936 - 2013)

George Everett Swanson, of Bronson, FL, died Sept. 1, 2013 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland, FL.
He was born May 9th, 1936 in Gardner, MA. He was the son of the former Philip Swanson and Lydia (Mattson) Swanson of Templeton, MA.
He is predeceased by his brothers, Edmund (Alm) Swanson and Richard Swanson; his daughter, Joann M Swanson, and his son, Steven G Swanson.
He leaves his wife Nancy (Schuster) Swanson of 25 years and her family. He will be greatly missed by his sons, Gary D Swanson, Sr., of Montague, MA, and Michael D Swanson of Athol, MA; his sisters, Ingrid Myllykangas of Westminster, MA, Arlene White, Christine Lorion and Betty Knowlton, of Templeton, MA; his brothers, Phil Swanson of Townsend, MA, and Jim Swanson of Skowhegan, ME. George also leaves many cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and very many friends.
George graduated from Templeton High School in 1954, and soon after joined the Air Force. He served from 1955, including overseas duty in Madrid, Spain, where he met his first wife, Matilde (Tillie) Warner (Arroyo) currently of Montague, MA. He was an Air Traffic Controller reaching the rank of Airman First Class. He served for 8 years and was honorably discharged in 1962.
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George was an 11-year cancer survivor. He fought a brave and valiant fight to the very end.
The family thanks the CCC and Haven Hospice for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of George Everett Swanson to the .
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 2013 at 2 p.m.: Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001, 413-821-9500.

Published in The Recorder on Sept. 21, 2013