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Stanley C. Swann

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Stanley C. Swann, III
of Lowell, MA

LOWELL, MA -- Stanley C. Swann III, of Lowell, MA died Saturday, October 31. Stanley's extraordinary life began in Chicago, where his loving parents Joann and Stanley Shareef raised him along with his brother, Tony and sister, Felicia.

As a child, he learned to play the drums from his father. In his teens, Stanley began playing in nightclubs on the South Side of the city, where he developed a passion for performing that would never be extinguished.

After high school, Stanley enlisted in the United States Air Force. As a musician in the Air Force Stanley had the opportunity to perform for people all over the world. He was first stationed in Aviano, Italy. It was in this northern Italian town where he would meet Pia, a local girl who would later become his wife and the mother of his children Georgia and Byron.

After living in Europe for close to a decade Stanley and his family returned stateside, to Hanscom Air Force Base. He immediately began to explore the local music scene and make connections throughout the Boston area that would last the rest of his life.

In the early 2000s Stanley would meet his second wife Adriana. They shared a passion for family, friends and music that joined their spirits, and radiated love and positive energy to everyone they met. Stanley and Adriana made their home in Lowell where Stanley had dedicated himself to creating a local Jazz scene. An alumnus of UMass Lowell, Stanley rapidly formed friendships with everyone he would cross paths with in the city. His dedication to sharing his love of jazz and inspiring a younger generation share his passion culminated in the creation of the Lowell Jazz Day Camp, his proudest achievement.

In 2012 Stanley and Adriana moved to her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Stanley loved his time living in Brazil, discovering the local jazz scene and learning Portuguese.

Stanley excelled at making friends. He had the ability to connect with everyone he met, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. His door was always open. He loved music. He loved playing drums so much he could do it while asleep. His favorite drummer was Billy Cobham. He loved his family and his countless friends. He loved making people laugh. He loved traveling the world playing music. He loved to play card games, Dominoes, Backgammon and Scrabble. He loved driving in chaotic cities with poorly enforced traffic laws. He loved Bonanza and Star Trek. He loved fried chicken. Most of all he loved the opportunity to live his dream of making music his job.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Adriana (Souza) Swann; one daughter, Georgia Diana Swann her husband Domingo Regalado and their son Nathan Regalado, of Lowell; one son, Stanley Byron Swann, IV of Lexington; and his parents, JoAnn Shareef and Stanley Hassan Shareef of Chicago. His is also survived by one sister, Denean Tate-Shareef; one brother, Cornell Anthony Swann and his wife Wanda Lynn Swann; and he was preceded in death by his sister, the late Felicia Shareef. Stanley is further survived by his father-in- law and mother-in-law, Silas Nascimento Souza and Ivete Cesario Souza; his brother-in-law, Silas Nascimento Souza Junior and his wife Maria Eugenia Costa Souza, his sister-in-law Ivania Ferreira Souza and her husband Gilson Ferreira Souza and niece and nephews, Cornell Anthony Swann Jr., and Cristopher Anthony Swann, Dishae' Monique Swann, Gustavo Nascimento Souza and Nicolas Ferreira; and his former ex wife, Pia Swann of Lexington.

SWANN -- Stanley C., III- of Lowell, Oct. 31. Age 59. A funeral service will be held at the St. John's Baptist Church, 38-40 Everett St., Woburn on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 12:00 Noon. Visiting hours will be at the church, prior to the service from 10:00 am-12:00 Noon. A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA on Monday, November 9 at 12:30 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Lowell Jazz Day Camp, c/o Lowell Community Charter Public School, 206 Jackson St., Lowell, MA 01852 (lowelljazzdaycamp.com). Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn, MA. www.grahamfuneral.com. Late US. Air Force, retired.
Published in Lowell Sun on Nov. 4, 2015
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