Vern Swan

Obituary of Vern Swan


April 24, 1951 - Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

April 19, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Vernie Swan, beloved husband of Brenda Swan (nee Moran), of Calgary, AB, passed away Monday, April 19, 2022, after a lengthy battle with dementia at the age of 70.


Vern was born in Tatamagouche, N.S., on April 24, 1951. He moved to Calgary in 1978 where he worked with his brother. He then went to work for Volker Stevin in 1983/1984, where he worked for 37 years until he retired. Vern married Brenda on March 9, 1985. He was a member of the Moose Lodge where he held the position of Governor for several years. Vern accomplished much through his life and was particularly proud of his family, friends, and the work he did. He was always helping someone with something and could never say “no”. Vern enjoyed curling, and camping, especially when his grandkids were around, and he loved to make you laugh. He always had a joke or trick to impress you with. He will be most remembered for his love, kindness, and gentle heart. He loved to bring people together with an East Coast flare, lots of lobster, and laughter. Vern never finished a telephone conversation with “goodbye” he would just hang up on you, and that was because he didn’t believe in goodbyes.


Besides his loving wife Brenda, Vern is survived by his four daughters, Christa Shillington (Jeff) of Brookfield N.S., Tammy Jarvie (Tom) of Calgary, AB, Cori James of Calgary, AB, and Kelly Rae James of Calgary, AB; one son Curtis Swan of Calgary, AB; twelve grandchildren, Jessica, Neco Lea, Jennifer, Olivia, Katie, Rebecca, Corbin, Tallia, Carmela (Bailey), Tayla Rae, Tianna (Nikki), and Traeson. Vern is also survived by three brothers and three sisters-in-law, Garry (Shirley) of Innisfail, AB, Myles (Gloria) of Tatamagouche, N.S., and Brian (Linda) of Abbotsford, B.C.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, including his besty, Ken Shepherd. Vern was predeceased by his father Hugh Moore Swan on June 4, 1972, and his mother Hilda Maude Swan on November 9, 2019.


A Celebration of Life is to be announced. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Bethany Care Foundation, #200, 2915 – 26th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2B 2W6 Telephone: (403) 210-4600, email:


In living memory of Vern Swan, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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