March 6, 1944 – Moosomin, SK
May 8, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Herbert “Herb” Wayne Swanston passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Foothills Medical Centre at the age of 70 years.
Herb was born in Moosomin, SK on March 6, 1944 and raised on the family farm near Welwyn, SK. Herb went on to complete his Diploma in Petroleum Technology at SAIT, then completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1972 from the University of Wyoming. He then became a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta in 1975. Most of Herb’s professional career was spent with Imperial Oil Limited in which he had the opportunity to work on numerous projects throughout Western Canada, the Canadian Arctic, and two international opportunities in Libya and the United Arab Emirates. Herb retired from Imperial in 1992. Following a heart transplant in 1994, Herb became an avid volunteer with the rehabilitation department of Foothills Medical Centre, where he worked on various woodworking projects to assist patients and staff. Over an eighteen year span, Herb accumulated 12,000 volunteer hours. Herb was an active member of the Esso Resources Annuitant Club, serving as Calgary president from 2007 to 2008. During his retirement, Herb enjoyed gardening, golfing, curling, bowling, the opportunity of travelling much of the world, and trying to keep up with his grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Ellen of forty years; three sons and their families, Paul (Heather) and their children Devon and Keira, Michael (Shainon) and their child Marin, David (Katarina) and their children Benjamin and William; sister Margaret (Rodney); brothers Donald (Jolayne), Bruce (Sharon); sister-in-law Grace; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Herb was predeceased by his parents Basil and Jean, and brothers Edward “Ted” and Robert “Bob”.
A Celebration of Herb’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6, www.heartandstroke.ca.The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Foothills Medical Centre and the cardiac transplant team for their care and support over the years.
In living memory of Herb Swanston, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences