February 5th, 2013
With great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother Eleonora (Laura) Swift.
Laura was born in Montreal on December 14, 1919. She met Harold Swift, bowling, on a ‘girls night out’. Harold had been posted to Montreal by the Canadian Army, and, after their marriage in 1944 they returned to Harold’s home in Burnaby B.C.
They built their home and lives together in Burnaby, and, shortly after Harold’s death in 2000, Laura moved from the family home to Comox. A very private person, Laura was proud of her independence and intensely proud of her two sons and four grandchildren. As a mentor to her grandchildren her motivating and lasting advice was “always try to do your best”. She was a very skilled seamstress, talented artist, and excellent cook and baker. Everyone loved her spaghetti, cabbage rolls and Nanaimo bars.
Laura was predeceased by her brothers George, John, Bill and Danny.
She is survived by her sister Mary Reason of Brampton, Ontario, and by her sons Robert (Lori) of Vancouver and Richard (Maureen) of Comox, and her grandchildren Jennifer, Daniel, Christopher and Michael, and by her many beloved nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Andree Caduc of Beaconsfield and Pauline Chambers of Montreal, Quebec. Laura and Andree could not have been closer if they had been sisters by birth.
Thank you to Doctor Reggler, and to the staff of Comox Valley Seniors Centre for their excellent care and support during the past month. A heartfelt thanks to Laura’s dear friend Anne and her husband Blair for their support and friendship shown to our mother and grandmother.
No service at this time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Laura’s name to the Comox Valley Hospice Society, 2137 Comox Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9M 1P2 or to the charity of your choice.