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Born: Jun 23, 1921
Date of Passing: Jan 20, 2023Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
1921 - 2023
It is with great sadness the family of Howard Swan announces his peaceful passing on January 20, 2023.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Brian, (Ruth), Dale and Kevin (Jenn); grandchildren, Sean (Sheri), Jeff (Bridget), Kelly (Peter) and nine great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Howard lost the love of his life Hazel in 2009. He was also predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters.
Howard was born June 23, 1921 in Winnipeg. In his early years he learned to play guitar and, by the age of 16, was performing at venues throughout Winnipeg. He played for many years with the Haymakers, the Lew Dickson Orchestra and the Bud McIntosh Band. Howard also worked for several years as a parcel delivery driver for The Bay, before becoming an EEG/EKG Technician at Deer Lodge Hospital.
After his retirement in 1986, Howard and Hazel spent the winters in Arizona where they made many long lasting friends. Howard was in his glory being able to perform almost every day at the music jams in many locations. Even at the time of his passing, he continued to perform with the Prairie Vaudeville Group in Winnipeg.
A special thank you to the staff at Lindenwood Terrace for making his last home a comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle.
Memorial service will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. on Thursday, January 26, at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Howard and Hazel Swan Music Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation, www.wpgfdn.org/HowieSwan.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2023
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
I first met Howie and Hazel in the early 1960s at the home of Bud and Shirley McIntosh. I was just a little kid. They were my aunt and uncle. Shirley was my mothers sister. In the early 1970s I met Howie again when I was a young lab technologist at Deer Lodge and Howie was an EEG technologist. Later when I moved to Materiel Management at Deer Lodge I worked with Dale and Sean for many years. My sympathy to the Swan family. He will be missed. He was a great kind person. Alex Zebrun and family. - Posted by: Alex Zebrun (Acquaintance and co worker ) on: Jun 12, 2023
Every summer we enjoyed many visits and stories with Mr. Swan at the lake. We shared lots of laughs and we were in awe of his memory recall and his undeniable energy! We were blessed to know him. Sending our love and condolences to his family. May the Angels surround him with love forever and always. - Posted by: Dave and Cheryl (Lake neighbors) on: Jan 26, 2023
Dear Brian and Ruth, our condolences on the passing of your father, father-in-law. The obituary provides a beautiful overview of his life. No doubt, many wonderful memories to cherish. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Frank and Daniella Franczyk (Neighbors ) on: Jan 25, 2023
Kevin (Jenn) we are very sorry to hear about the passing of your father and pray that the many happy memories you shared with him will be of great comfort to you and your family. He will be reunited with your mother again playing his music🙏🙏 - Posted by: Allen & Melody Hunnie (Friend ) on: Jan 25, 2023
My condolences to all the family - Posted by: Milan Savic (Friend ) on: Jan 25, 2023
I met Mr Swan on a few occasions and found him charming and so delightful. Condolences to Kevin and his family. - Posted by: Heather den Boer (acquaintance) on: Jan 24, 2023
I was so sorry to learn of Mr. Swan's passing from my sister Shelley. He was a kind and accepting friend to Shelley. She spoke of him often and how much she enjoyed their chats and visits to the cottage. Shelley told me he often ended their conversations with "and how is your sister". He was so appreciative of the military commemorative pins that I had sent for him. My sincere condolences to his family. RIP Mr. Swan. Diane McConnell, Ottawa - Posted by: Diane L. McConnell (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2023
Your dad was simply a delightful person. It was a joy to know him. - Posted by: Cindi French (Acquaintance ) on: Jan 24, 2023
Celebrating a long and beautiful life! Let the heavenly dance begin with Hazel wrapped in Howie’s arms at last. My condolences to all of the Swan family. - Posted by: Lorraine Walton (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2023
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