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Born: Jul 23, 1925

Date of Passing: Dec 03, 2012

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DAVID RENNIE SWAN July 23, 1925 - December 3, 2012 David passed away peacefully in his sleep just as he'd wished. In his own words he wrote: "I was born at 891 Grosvenor Avenue, the third child of Robert Rennie Swan and Ethel Sinclair Strang. I was predeceased by my two brothers, Robert Stephen Swan in 1971 and John (Jack) Andrew Campbell Swan in 1991 and my sister-in-law Nan Swan in 2007. (His sister-in-law Diane Swan died in January 2013). I am survived by my nieces Susan (Bill) Finlay, Judith (Bob) Baker, Andrea (Brent) Swan, my nephews John (Rita) Swan and Andrew (Andrea) Swan of Victoria and by their children and grandchildren as well as cousins and friends. I attended the area schools. After the war I joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce until 1950 when Eaton's employed me. In 1965 I enrolled in the first Social Welfare Workers course at Brandon Vocational Centre. I was then employed by the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities in the Children's Program in northern Manitoba, retiring in 1987. This gave me a very rewarding life. I became an openly gay man in the early eighties and was involved with several gay organizations. In 1984 I met and loved Michael McDermott and we lived happily together until his death June 19, 2001." David spent many hours volunteering for a variety of organizations over the years. Many have said to us how they have such fond memories of him. His dependability, kindnesses and care for others will be greatly missed. So will his sense of humour and great laugh. David's family wishes to give a special thank you to all of the staff of the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg for the dignity and caring extended to him over the past two and one half years. You helped make life safer, healthier and more pleasant for him. Bless all of you. Cremation has taken place and David will be buried with Michael in the family plot at St. John's Cathedral Cemetery. A service of celebration will be held at Westminster United Church on Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m. At David's request, rather than flowers, please consider a gift to Augustine United Church's Oak Table, 444 River Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3L 0C7 or the Main Street Project, 72 Martha St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 1A4 or a charity of choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 01, 2013

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Oh dear David, our dearest friend. I write this as your Memorial service is taking place in Winnipeg. Stan and I first met you in 1956, through Eatons and the Wpg Little Theatre. You immediately became part of our family. I adopted you as my brother, older, wiser and ready to give advice, requested or not. You were our children, Kim's and Kent's, Godfather and an attendent at Kent's wedding. We moved to BC with Eaton's but I got back to Winnipeg as often as possible and we laughed and cried together. You and I and Michael so enjoyed our times together. You cooked a yummy chicken dinner and Michael always enjoyed his butter with food. You and I had many debates over the years - one that could not be settled at the time. Now dear David, you know the answer. You were everything that others have written. David you will forever be in our thoughts and memories. Love you forever. Our best wishes to all of your wonderful family. May God Bless, Dawn and Stan - Posted by: Dawn Green (Cherished friendship) on: Jun 08, 2013

  • David became a very good friend of my Aunt's at the Convalescent Home. They enjoyed their conversations very much and his friendship to her was very much appreciated by our family. David and Kerstin spent many happy times in the lobby at the home sharing stories. His kind nature is truly missed by all. A true, classy gentleman. - Posted by: Kim (niece of Kirstin Norvack (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2013

  • I only knew Mister Swan in the context of our cashier/customer relationship when I was putting myself through school all those years ago. I remember he was always very kind and polite, which I appreciated greatly. He would often stay and chat for a few minutes, keeping me company and making my day just a little more rich. My condolences to Mr Swan's family. - Posted by: Genny (Cashier at local store 10 years ago) on: Jun 02, 2013

  • David was a real friend. I met David in Thompson many years ago. - Posted by: Doug Abraham (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2013

  • A true gentle kindhearted man, I will be thinking of you today at the gay pride parade today as I support my daughter Sammi. - Posted by: Susan Funari (Caregiver for David at Deer Lodge Centre) on: Jun 02, 2013

  • David was/is a huge influence in my life. By example and his calm, yet active listening ability aided in my earlier years. It was David, and my Mother, that gave me the desire to help others. It was also David who very kindly, but directly would put us in our place when the ego was getting too big. I love you David, but you already know that. I celebrate your life led with dignity and integrity. I will not miss you as you are here with me always. Kent Green Fort Langley, BC - Posted by: Kent Green (David is my God Father) on: Jun 01, 2013

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