Al Swance

A photo of Al Swance


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday May 11, 2018
11:00 a.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday May 10, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Gerald Alan “Al” Swance of Blenheim passed away at home on Tuesday May 8, 2018. Al was born on June 11, 1925 to the late Mildred (Gough) & Lloyd Swance. He and his wife Betty who predeceased him in 1981 raised three sons Gary Swance & Kathy Kohajda, Greg & Darlene Swance and Gord & Monica Swance. They were the proud grandparents of Colin Seney & Nadja Lucyk, Kelsey Swance & Stephen VanRaay, Jordan Swance, Shalynn & Paul Hamilton, Desiree Swance and Brandon Swance. Al welcomed one great-granddaughter Bianca. He was predeceased by his second wife Rose Swance in 2012 and will be remembered by her family. On August 2, 2014 Al married Claudette (Rodrigue). He will also be remembered by Claudette’s children Jim & Andrea, Lynn and Lena.

Al attended school in Tillsonburg and Melbourne. He retired as a Line Supervisor with Ontario Hydro. He was a charter member of the Tillsonburg Kiwanis Club, Past Chairman of the Tillsonburg Recreation Committee and the Past Chairman of the Legion Villa Board of Directors in Blenheim. In his spare time, he enjoyed drawing, gardening and golfing with his good friend Gord Kirk.

If you asked Al what he was most proud of in his life, he would have said that it was the service he gave for his country. His wartime service included 16 round trips in the North Atlantic on convoy duty with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. He was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185 in Blenheim.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service conducted by Legion Padre Bill Terris will take place at the Funeral Home on Friday May 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow and a private family interment will take place at a later date when Al will be laid to rest with Betty.

Friends wishing to remember Al with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society.

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We worked with Al at Ontario Hydro, lots of great memories, convey our deepest condolence to all the family, all were very fortunate to have had Al in your lives!

Gary, Greg and Gord...I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was such a kind, gentle soul and I am so fortunate to be welcomed into his home to care for him and spend time with him these last few years. I will miss him greatly :(

I will remember Al's for his love of flying and the immense joy when he acquired his pilots license. I shared a memorable Sunday morning flight from Chatham to Windsor and back, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the area farmlands and the shoreline of Lake Erie. Sincere sympathy to the Swance family. Joanne Meldrum

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, cherish all your memories Patricia $ Art Wardle.

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Al, he was a good man and will be missed by many in the Blenheim community. May he Rest in Peace

Al Swance worked with Ontario Hydro. Always a man of his word !! A gentleman and scholar. Very sorry for your loss!

My deepest condolences to everyone. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you.

Dear Gord, Monica, and Family: We wish to extend our sincere condolences to you at this time. We hope that your grieving will soon pass and the many fond memories remain. We wish you well as you move forward.

Our sincere sympathy in the passing of Al, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Very sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a very sweet caring man with a great sense of humor. He was a good friend to Mom and Dad. When my kids and I would arrive in Florida, Al and Rose would deliver fresh baked cookies ! He lived a great life

Our condolences Gord and Monica.So sorry for your loss.He is no more pain .Remember all the good times you had together and cherish them always. Love, Jacquie and Phil Johnson(Jim Bennett's sister)