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“Ruth and Family, John was a great guy who always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by all who knew him. Sincerely, Allen, Rhonda ...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Allen, Rhonda (Bolduc) and Abby Copp - NH

“Ruth, Charlton, and Dexter: We were so sorry about the loss of John, one of our long time friends. Whether at a yard sale or meeting, he always had...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Marcia and Ralph Roberts - NH

“Ruth, Dexter & Lisa, Charlton & Vanessa, We are so sorry for your very special loss. John was not only a good man, but a great man in his own right...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jesse & Meredith Bolduc - Fremont, NH

“Mr. Swasey, although I do not know you or anyone in your family, I want to thank you sincerely for your service to our country. Thanks for being...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Michelle Ziter - Essex, VT

“Dexter, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Although your sorrow is a very personal and private thing, please know that you are being thought of...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Lauren Lantagne - Lawrence, MA

“Sorry about your dad. It appears he has lived a very long and happy life and has contributed greatly to his community. Wishing you, Vanessa and...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Tom Rochette - Northwood, NH

“Ruth Sorry to here of your loss. I am Charlie Swasey's grand son, Ken Swasey's son. Both Ken Swasey and his wife Eleanor have passed, and I do...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: David Swasey - MA

“Mr. Swasey had a wonderful smile. He was a pleasure to know. I didn't realize how active he was in his community, he certainly never bragged of his...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Judy Upshure - New Castle, DE

“Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Swasey and her family. We were next door neighbors in Newton for many years and Mr. Swasey was a wonderful neighbor,...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Chagnon and Debbie Boyle - NH

“We fondly remember John from Joe's yard sales in years past. A real gentleman and a pleasure to have known. Our thoughts go out to his family. ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: Norman and Carole Wilson - NH

“Charlton, I am very sorry to here of the lost of your Father. My sympathy go to you and Mother as well Family. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Dana Cheney - Walterboro, SC

“Former member of the Grange ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Laura Greene Eld - NH

“With much sympathy and love to the Swasey family. John will be missed but never forgotten. You are in ours prayers....Joe Gancarz and Spencer ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Joseph Gancarz - Brentwood, NH

“To Ruth and her Family, I would like to give you my sincere condolenses. I am so sorry for your lose. John was a very sweet man. I will miss seeing...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Lori and Rob Wilder - Kingston, NH

“With sincere sympathy to the Swasey family during this sad time. Patti Finocchiaro ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Patti Finocchiaro - North Andover, MA

“John was a good friend and neighbor. Our casual meetings will be greatly cherished remembered fondly. Gordon ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Gordon A. Cheney - Newton Jct., NH

“To the Swasey family, Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time. John was a great guy, who always had a smile on his face when we...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Allen, Rhonda(Bolduc) and Abigail Copp - NH

“Dexter, Lisa, Nathaniel, and Rachel: Please know our prayers are with you with the loss of your Dad/Granddad. ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Elaine and Gary Bradley - MA

“John will forever remain my ideal of what it means to be a trustee. We will miss his candor and his many acts of kindness; always done with no regard...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Lennie Kimball - Windham, NH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You can find comfort in knowing he led a full and productive life, and always put his family first. ...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Don and Sharon Page - Exeter, NH

“Dear Dexter & Family,My prayers and sympathy to you and yours. ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Pat Onanian - Dracut, MA

“Mrs. Swasey, Charlton, Dexter and families...So sorry to hear of your loss. Dee (and Sophie) will miss their chats when they walk from now on. God...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: - Newton Jct, NH

“John was well respected by all who knew him; always giving back to the community and to Sanborn. My dad thought of him as a true friend and great...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Fryer - Williamsburg, VA

“To my dear husband and brother in law -As you proceed through the grieving process please remember that no bond is as great as that between a parent...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“To Ruth,Charlton,Dexter & FamilyI'm sorry to hear about John's passing. He will be missed. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl Thayer - Newton,Jct, NH

“To the entire Swasey Family...we were very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a cheerful, good-natured, sensible man who I had the privilege of...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“John was a cousin on my Mother’s side. John was a great guy and a Masonic Brother, he will be missed. Our deepest condolences to the Family. ...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Williams - NH

“My deepest sympathy to Charlton & his family. I went to UNH with Charlton in the late 60's and also attended his wedding. I have always thought of my...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Jeff Murdock - Vine Grove, KY


Newton Junction, NH John F. Swasey Jr., 91, died August 13, 2009 at the Exeter Hospital. He was born January 8, 1918 in Brentwood, NH, son of the late John F. and E. Christine (Currier) Swasey Sr. John was a longtime resident of Newton, NH. He was a graduate of the Sanborn Seminary, Class of 1936, University of NH, Class of 1940. Mr. Swasey served for five years in the US Army, during WWII. He remained enlisted in the US Army Reserve for 25 years and retired with a bronze star and the rank of Major. Mr. Swasey worked most of his life in the accounting and banking industry. He worked as an accountant at Towle Silversmiths in Newburyport, MA and then later as a Bank manager for Family Mutual Bank in Haverhill, MA John was very active within the community and with local fraternal organizations. He served on the Newton School Board for many years, was a former member of the Newton Civil Defense Team, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2181, a former board member of the NH Farm Museum, a former President of the Country Pond Fish and Game Club, a member of the Newton Lions Club, a 63 year member of the Eastern Star in the East Masonic Lodge of Exeter, a member of the Brentwood Grange and now the East Kingston, NH Wingold Grange #308. John had a lifelong interest and commitment to Sanborn Seminary which later became Sanborn Regional High School, remaining active in Sanborn related issues and events and a member of the Sanborn Seminary Board of Trustees. He was Trustee of Trust Funds in Newton, NH and was on the School Board for Sanborn Regional High School. Mr. Swasey was a devoted family man who always enjoyed attending his grandchildrens' sporting and social events. In his spare time, John was an avid card player. In his life, John enjoyed hunting, fishing and managing his wood lot in Brentwood. He was pre deceased by his twin brother and 7 older sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth (Locke) Swasey of Newton Junction, NH, 2 sons and their wives, Charlton and Vanessa Swasey of Kingston, NH, Dexter and Lisa Swasey of Brentwood, NH, 5 grandchildren, Ethan Swasey, Sarah Swasey, Joshua Swasey, Nathaniel Swasey, and Rachel Swasey, 2 great-grandchildren, Levi and Dylan Swasey, 2 brothers, Joseph Swasey of Brentwood, NH and Robert Swasey of Exeter, NH, several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. At Johns request, private funeral services will be held for the family. Burial with military honors will be held in the Brentwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Sanborn Seminary Trustees, PO Box 477, Kingston, NH 03848 for the scholarship that John had so proudly established years ago. Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, NH is handling the arrangements. To sign an on line guest book, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com Brewitt Funeral Service & Crematory 14 Pine Street Exeter, NH 03833 603-772-3554 www.brewittfuneralhome.com

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