William Hugh Swanson

Was born on January 8, 1932 in Vermilion, Alberta and passed away on May 14, 2017 in Trail, BC at the age of 85 years.

He is survived by his wife Jacquie and his children Doug (Kim), Barbara (Sam) and Darryl (Robin), his grandchildren Matthew (Liz), Jenna, Nicole (Darryl), Timothy, Melanie, Addison, Chris and Carly, and by his great grandchildren Carson, Evangeline, Annabelle, Rosalie and Daniel.

Hugh moved with his parents Jim and Helen, his four brothers and two sisters from Vermilion to Trail BC in 1950. The family eventually settled at 964 Mountain Street where they resided for many years.

Hughie loved life. There was never a dull moment growing up with Hugh as a father. If he wasn’t tinkering on cars, he would be reading his many books (non-fiction of course), playing his music or hanging out with his friends at the Arlington. Hugh was able to play many instruments. His mother Helen taught him how to play the piano. From there he learned the guitar, accordion, and banjo – all self-taught. Learning music was easy for Hugh. We are grateful that he has passed on the love of books and music to his grandchildren.

In 1956, Jacquie and Hugh were married. One of their first homes was in Rivervale, moving to Genelle in 1965. Hugh worked as an operator and then on to shift superintendent at Celgar for 33 years. He had quite a few funny stories from Celgar, especially “choir practice” after their shifts. After retirement, he moved to 2020 Oak Street. As his health faded he eventually moved to Fruitvale to be closer to his family.

One of Hugh’s favourite pastimes in life was to have a soirée. To honour his memory the family will be having a soirée on June 3rd at the Beaver Valley Curling rink from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone welcome! Bring your stories of Hugh if you like, we’re sure you have some!

As an expression of sympathy your donations to Columbia View Lodge- Palliative Care Unit at 2920 Laburnum Drive, BC, V1R 4N2 would be greatly appreciated.

The family wishes to thank Dr. K. Bazley for his kind and compassionate care over the years and also the staff of Columbia View Lodge for their tender care in his final days.


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