It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Norman Swanson on December 2, 2020 in the Kirkland Lake area. He is survived by his loving wife Debra and his children and stepchildren: April Swanson (Marc Grossinger), Kelly Swanson (Floyd McCormick), Patrick (Lisa) Daley, Erin (Joel) Gordon, Gordon (Rhea) Swanson and Lacey (Joe) Theoret. As Pop he will be missed by: Aleisha, Niel, Josh, Micah, Niya, Gabriel, Mikhaila and Kara. He is also survived by his siblings: Mary Ellen (late Mike) Petrunewhich, Tom (Maggie) Swanson, Mike (Susan) Swanson and Laura (Trevor) Blackburn. Too numerous to mention are the many aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Norman was born and raised for the most part in the Kirkland Lake area. When he was starting out he spent several years in southern Ontario but returned to the North. Over the years he has worked in different jobs but has stayed true to his love of trucks and heavy machinery. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. Having the ‘gift of the gab’, he made friends easily with a joke, smart remark or a tall tale at the ready.
He loved a good discussion and to spend time with friends and family, especially the grandchildren. Often he could be found making things for them ranging from sand piles, mud bogs or a track in the back yard for the buggy and bikes, to swings and doll houses to name a few. That creativity would also result in practical jokes and pranks. He will be greatly missed by many.
In keeping with Norman’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Donations in his memory to the Kirkland District Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.