With regret and sadness we announce the passing of Joseph Willard Swanson in his home near Mabel Lake B.C. On December 17th, 2013. Joe was sixty seven at the time of his passing.
Joe was born February 1st, 1946 in Kansas City Missouri to Willard Harold and Mary Virginia Swanson (Stanley), and he was the eldest of nine children. Joe married Mary Madonna Martin on December 10th, 1966 and they immigrated to Canada in 1974 with their two sons, Michael and Erik. Although Joe had a Masters Degree in business administration, he found his calling in the carpentry trades better suited his personality and left the cut-throat business world behind. Among Joe’s many interests were music, bee-keeping, tropical fish, sailboat construction and sailing.
Joe is survived by his wife Mary, sons Michael Joseph and Erik Stanley and their respective spouses Raechel and Denise as well as Michael’s daughter, and Joe’s only grandchild, Shayla Swanson. Joe’s siblings mourn the passing of their older brother; Michael John Swanson, Mary Kathryn Minner, Paul Malcolm Swanson, Stephen Stanley Swanson, Mark Gerard Swanson, Peter Christopher Swanson, James William Swanson and Patricia Ann Hurley.
A celebration of life for Joe is planned for May 3rd at 1pm and will be held at the Kingfisher Community Hall near Enderby, B.C. Anyone wishing to share memories of Joe is encouraged to attend his memorial.