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1945 - 2021

Harold was the center of our family's universe. He was a kind, compassionate, loving, no bars hold kind of man. He loved us all, but loved his grandchildren, Sydney and Dylan the most of all. He would do anything and everything for them. He was always showering love, gifts and especially their favourite - money.
He had many friends from working as a teacher, working at the casinos and then having his own Fantasy Fun Casino, as well as his many friends from curling, golfing and his special buddies from poker, along with his lunch buddies from school.
He had a wicked sense of humour which made me laugh continuously, as well as others. He enjoyed his corny jokes, which he shared with his grandson Dylan, either in person or by phone.
He will be sorely missed by his many friends, compatriots and especially by his children: Candace (Marty) Hnatuk and Richard Swick, his grandchildren: Sydney and Dylan Hnatuk, as well as his sister-in-law Jackie Dubofsky.


Unfortunately for Harold, his life was cut short. He had suffered many setbacks previously, but he always rallied. He made sure he was there for his granddaughter, Sydney, when she came back this past fall from college. He was always letting me know that he loved me and would always be there for me, even in death. We were married for 50 years and he made sure that I would be looked after when he died. He was that kind of a husband.
Rest in peace my love, you deserve it after all your suffering.
Harold will be cremated and laid to rest with his best friend, Vanilla.
A memorial service will hopefully take place at Harold's favourite place, Larter's Golf Course.
I would like to thank Doctors Todd and Lerner and the Victoria General Hospital, it was greatly appreciated.

Now you can rest in peace.
You will always be in my heart.
You're gone, but I can still hear your voice guiding me and making sure I am safe.
-Your loving wife, Maxine

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • I remember Mr Swick and his 'Swick Stick' that me and other fellow students used joke about (sort of!). He was firm but fair and he could throw a football like no other teacher in Dieppe School. I met him years later when he was running his fantasy casino. We reminisced and it took me back. I still drive by the old school occasionally and think of my former teachers like Harold Swick. Rest in peace Mr Swick! - Posted by: Chris Marsh (Student) on: Feb 04, 2021

  • Maxine, Candace, Marty, Sydney, Dylan and Richard, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am so grateful that I was privileged to have crossed paths and had Harold as part of my life, to hear his jokes, his stories, to hear him laugh and see him smile. Harold was very proud of his family. When he shared stories of each of you, the light in his eyes was memorable. Harold had such a great spirit, sense of humor, kindness, determination and drive. Please accept my sincere condolences. Harold will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Teressa (Family Friend) on: Jan 22, 2021

  • I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband from your life , Maxine, especially during what has already been a socially isolating year. Thinking of you and your family at this time!🌹 Margo - Posted by: Margo Lancaster (Colleague ) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to the Swick family. We had the pleasure to join Harold on a few occasions for lunch this past summer. We shared school experiences, joked and laughed. We told Harold how we admired his determination to regroup and continue despite his challenging health issues. - Posted by: Ike Friesen and Gary Tully (School Friends and Lunch Buddies) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Maxine and the family on Harold’s passing. Harold z’l was a “MENCH” and will be remembered. - Posted by: Gabe Goldberg & Sonia Goldberg (Friend) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Nothing I can say will make you feel better, but know that you are in our thoughts. Harold was a wonderful man and always so pleasant. He will be missed. Unfortunately I cannot even purchase a card at the moment. I will remember him fondly. Thinking of all of you, Frances and Chris Bourque - Posted by: Frances Bourque (Family friend) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Mr. Swick was my math teacher in elementary school. I have very fond memories of him as a wonderful teacher who was extremely patient and kind to me as I learned long division. I still remember standing at his desk, and experiencing the very vivid 'aha' moment when it all made sense to me! Over the years, when I have had the occasion to do long division, I always remembered him and thanked him for being such an awesome teacher! Rest in peace, Mr. Swick... - Posted by: Debra Kato (Former student) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Harold was a Fun-loving guy at work. He was liked by everyone. I regret not seeing him sooner as our paths have not met in decades! He will be sadly missed. My condolences to his Family and Friends that knew him well. - Posted by: Lynda Hart (Worked together at Beaverlodge Elementary School) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Harold was a kind and caring person, and he truly had a great sense of humour. We worked together for many years at the casino before the government took it over. Those were the good old days. I also worked for Fantasy Casino, and I always checked up on how he was doing. He was truly a great person. My condolences to the family, and Rest In Peace Harold. It was a pleasure knowing you😇 - Posted by: Cindy Cyncora (Friend and Co-worker ) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Maxine, Candace, Marty, Sydney, Dylan and Richard, our hearts go out to you as you face this tremendous loss. Harold was always very kind and most pleasant when we saw him at the family gatherings. We hope for all of you, peace will come early and your reflections of the wonderful man he was, will bring a smile to your faces, and a warmth in your hearts. Rest in peace now, Harold. - Posted by: Len and Vicki Lazaruk (friends through family marriage) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Candace, we are so very sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Very nice man, and always enjoyed interesting conversations and a good laugh when talking to him. Our condolences to yourself and your family. - Posted by: Kerry and Ken Forsyth (friends) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I worked with Harold for several years at the monthly casinos in Winnipeg. Reading his obituary brought a smile to my face, as it completely describes the kind, fun man that I remember. My deepest condolences to Harold’s family. - Posted by: Carol Shaw (Hope) (Co-worker) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • My late husband, Norm worked with Casino Fantasy for a number of years. You could always find Harold and Norm laughing somewhere in the hall. Harold was a very kind man and treated everyone with kindness and respect. Rest In Peace my friend. - Posted by: Lynn Greaves (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

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