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Russell Dale "Pokey" Swinamer


Russell Dale "Pokey" Swinamer
SWINAMER, Russell D. "Pokey" - Western Shore/Mahone Bay

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce Dad’s passing on October 14, 2020 in Mahone Nursing Home.

Russell Dale Swinamer (Pokey), age 79, was born in Western Shore on December 23, 1940 to Russell Swinamer and Edna (Nean) Sawler Collicut.

At an early age Dad worked as a mechanic for Don Cornelius garage, then later worked in Halifax doing acoustic tile/drywall. A humble man with a quick wit, he loved to joke, he enjoyed a simple life enjoying hunting, fishing and playing cards and cribbage and loved Bingo. His love of camping, Bluegrass music and his Martin guitar led him to many festivals over the years where he made many lasting friendships.

He will be sadly missed by his son, Todd (Dollie) Swinamer, Lake Paul; grandson, Nelson and baby Nora, Lake George; daughter, Tina (David Selig) Swinamer, Western Shore; grandson, Anthony (Megan); great grandchildren, Chanel, Jace and Rylan of Chester; grandson, Adam (Patrick), Calgary. He will also be sadly missed by his special friend, Betty at Mahone Nursing Home. He is also survived by his nieces, Barbara, Christine and Leisa; nephew, Tony and many cousins.

He was predeceased by sister, Agnes Hirtle.

As per Dad’s wishes there will be no visitation or service, cremation has taken place. A private grave side burial will take place at a later date.

Thanks to Mahone Nursing Home for the wonderful care provided to our Dad.

Memorial donations are requested to be made to SHAID Tree Animal Shelter or Diabetes Canada.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mahone Funeral Home, P.O. Box 200, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0 (902-624-8241). Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:

When my labor here is over and I lay my burdens down,
I'll sail away to Heaven for my saviour I have found.
I'll lay these burdens down at his feet and exchange them for a crown.
I'll leave this world of trouble and sorrow,
When the sun of my life goes down.
(Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver)

We are not able to receive memorial donations at this time due to COVID-19. Please inform the Family of your memorial contribution through our website. Your memorial donation payment may then be sent directly to a requested charity or charity of your choice.

SHAID Tree Animal Shelter
100 High St., Suite 138
Bridgewater Nova Scotia B4V 1V9
E-mail:[email protected]
Telephone: 902-543-4849

Diabetes Canada - NS Regional Office
137 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 101
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3S 1B3
Phone: 902-453-4232

Please be advised that our business office is temporarily operating on limited hours to the general public until further notice. If you require a visit to our office, please call ahead for an appointment by phoning 902-624-8241.

Our Professional “At Need” and “Pre Need” Services continue to be available by appointment by calling 902-624-8241.

Throughout your daily lives, please practice “Physical Distancing” ... the length of a hockey stick away from each other. Nova Scotia continues to be under a health state of emergency. Wash your hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer if necessary. Wearing a mask and physical distancing is mandatory when visiting a public or private business or building. Do not touch your face, eyes or nose with your hands at any time. Above all ...BE SAFE, BE KIND, BE PATIENT.

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