OLD TOWN - James R. Swan, 81, beloved husband, father and papa, died April 14, 2012, with his loving family by his side after a brief illness at a Bangor hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Princeton, son of Guy and Mary (Lawler) Swan. After graduating from Lee Academy, class of 1948, he began a long career as a salesman for Homelite and Tilton, retiring in 1998. On June 27, 1953, he married Margaret Crawford and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage. Jim loved his family, gardening, making wreathes, long walks, trips to the library, the Red Sox and Celtics. He was a 50-plus year member of Lewy's Island Masonic Lodge. Jim is survived by his wife, Peg; daughters, Karin Randall and her husband, Chris, and Vicki Bergeron and her husband, George; six grandchildren, Mary Randall Horton and her husband, Mark, of Old Town, Abby Randall of Old Town, Cally Randall Carmichael and her husband, Kalib Carmichael, of Greenbush, Jimmy Bergeron of Greenbush, Elizabeth Bergeron of Brunswick and Michael Bergeron of Salt Lake City; two great-grandchildren, Christian James and Charlotte Eva; cousin, Clara Swan; and special friends, Ralph LaPlante and Betsy Trefts. He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Charlotte Orcutt. A family graveside service will be held at a later date in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to Old Town Public Library, 64 Middle St., Old Town, ME 04468.
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Published in BDN Maine on April 17, 2012