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Born: Jul 12, 1950

Date of Passing: Dec 04, 2021

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July 12, 1950 – December 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Daniel Swystun announces his passing on December 4, 2021 in his 71st year, after a brief illness.
Danny was the beloved first-born son of Anne Olivia Neufeld and the dear brother of Joanne Swystun (Michael Nairne), Richard Swystun (Karen Swystun) and Donna Swystun. Dan was also uncle to James Nairne, John Swystun, Caroline Swystun, Anastasia Nairne and his namesake - Alexander Daniel Nairne. Dan was predeceased by his father, Vsevolod John Swystun some years ago.
Dan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but spent the better part of his life as a resident of the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC) in Portage La Prairie, having suffered a traumatic brain injury at birth. Although this changed the course of his life and what he was able to do with it, Dan showed signs of the many talents that he, in another life, may well have been able to develop further. He loved music – both listening to it and singing. Like his mother and sister Donna, he had a melodic singing voice and could easily carry a tune. When he was in the mood, he liked to crank up the radio and belt out the lines of his favourite songs. He was also very organized, methodical and likely mechanically inclined, like his brother Richard. He also had a mischievous sense of humour and enjoyed taking part in small practical jokes.
Dan loved being taken out by his family for outings and would get himself ready for family visits hours in advance. When he was younger, he enjoyed family picnics in Island Park in Portage La Prairie. As an adult, he enjoyed driving through Island Park whatever the season, as well as going out for coffee – his favourite beverage.
Dan enjoyed the many activities offered by MDC including singalongs, hayrides, field trips and summer camp. Until he was in his mid-sixties, he worked during the week on light manufacturing jobs and other workshops for Portage La Prairie businesses. During his retirement years, he enjoyed sitting in "his chair" - a comfortable reclining chair that was purchased just for him - and watching the rest of his friends and caretakers in his cottage go about their business.
Dan's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the very caring staff of MDC who looked after Dan's needs so well through the years. They are especially grateful for the extra time and attention that Dan's caretakers devoted to him during his recent illness.
There will be a private interment to follow.

Ronald Moffit Memorial Services of
Portage la Prairie in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 18, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Extending our deepest sympathy to the Swystun family on the passing of Daniel Swystun. So very sorry for your loss. Wishing you all peace and comfort in the days ahead. Lynda Ruban staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Dec 20, 2021

  • Anne, my sincere condolences to you and the family. I had just recently gone through my photo albums and came across a picture of Danny taken when we visited him many, many years ago. it sounds as if he was a pretty special guy. Pat - Posted by: Pat Guyda (family) on: Dec 18, 2021

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