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Barry Benjamin Swinamer


Barry Benjamin Swinamer
SWINAMER, Barry Benjamin, age 88, of Western Shore passed away at home on Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, surrounded by family.

He was born in Western Shore as the son of Frank and Arlene Swinamer (Young).

Barry started in the work force young having to support his family by working in the woods logging and Christmas treeing as an early teen. He then worked for the Canadian National Railroad as a line maintenance worker throughout Nova Scotia for eight years. He then became a steel re-enforcement technician and a carpenter of drywall and acoustic ceilings for nearly forty five years. In his spare time, Barry enjoyed woodworking, gardening, star gazing and spraying ants. Many good memories were made camping with family and especially at his camp in Forest Home.

He was predeceased by his wife Marina (Rafuse), the love of his life. Now he is at peace and they are finally reunited. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Gail (Hatt), Cheryl (Bell), Angela (Cummings), and son Benjamin, “Ben”.

He was also predeceased by siblings Franklin and Naida (Hamm) and son-in-law Gary Ingram. His other siblings include, Joy (Adams), Thomas, Stella (Myra), Cecil, Charles (Charlie) and Morris.

Barry’s grandchildren include Denise, Ellen, Aaron, Vicki, Anthony, Andrew, Genoa, Shelby, Darian, Cyara, and Krystle. Great-grandchildren include Mya, Preston, Liam, Lars, Adalyn, Flora, Mattie, Solan and Enley.

Special thanks to EHS paramedics, VON and Blanche Conway for their support, love and assistance.

There will be no visiting hours at his request.

At his request, cremation has taken place with a Service of Remembrance planned for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25th 2022 at Western Shore Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Anglican Church or the Victorian Order of Nurses.

Tributes, words of comfort and memories of Barry may be shared with family through Mahone Funeral Home, Mahone Bay (

Please inform the Family of your memorial contribution through our website. Your memorial donation payment may then be sent directly to a requested charity.

Grace Anglican Church
5533 NS Hwy. 3
R.R.#2, Chester Basin, NS
B0J 1K0
Tel: 902-275-5434

Victorian Order of Nurses - Lunenburg County Branch
P. O. Box 147
Blockhouse, Nova Scotia
B0J 1E0

“Founded in 1883 - Serving the Community for 139 years.”
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Service Date
Saturday, June 25, 2022