QUECHEE — Funeral services were held July 2 at the Knight Funeral Home, in White River Jct., for Earl L. Swasey, 89, who passed away surrounded by his family on June 25, following a long illness. Burial followed in the Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock.
He was born on Nov. 26, 1924, son of Charles and Orlena (Johnson) Swasey.
He grew up in Beava Meada and attended school in Norwich, as well as Hanover High School. He started working at a very early age, with his first official job at 15-years-old, repairing washing machines. Earl was a very hard worker. As a young man, he worked as a log truck driver and sold Fuller Brush products. During the winter, Earl worked at the woolen mill in Quechee where he met the love of his life and his future wife of nearly 59-years. Earl and Shirley E. Severance were married on July 30, 1955 in Woodstock and they made their home in White River Jct.
Earl worked as a painter and saw the need for a business specializing in drywall. In 1960 he started a drywall and painting company, Swasey’s Dry Wall. He owned and operated the business for over 20 years and taught the trade to his sons. Earl had always loved working on cars, so he decided to open an auto repair garage out of his home, as well as working nights and weekends for Tip Top Bakery. He later worked as a mechanic for McNamara Motors in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Even though he officially retired at 62-years of age, Earl continued to work odd jobs into his seventies, helping his family and friends with auto repair, or construction. Anyone that needed his help, he was always there even if it was just to talk. Earl loved to sing and dance and he always had a great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by three sons, Larry Swasey of White River Jct. Wayne Swasey of Thetford, and Brad Swasey of Orford, New Hampshire; three daughters, Kathy Fortune of Bellows Falls, Carol Duncan of Bethel and Corinne Cutts of Hartland; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a sister Dorothy “Dot” Johnson of West Coxsackie, New York; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 59 years, Shirley Swasey; and four brothers, Bud, Jim, Carl and Howard; and two sisters, Sis and Ella.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield , NH 03748.
Condolences may be expressed to Earl’s family in an online guestbook at Knight Funeral Homes & Crematory at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the July 3, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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