Obituary For Roland Swinamer
Roland Edwin Swinamer 2/21/1925-3/22/2021
Roland Edwin Swinamer of Rockland passed away on March 22 after a short illness while under the supportive care of the Pat Roche Hospice house in Hingham Ma. Son of the late Lottie and Clifford Swinamer of Halifax, Nova Scotia he immigrated with his family to the Roxbury section of Boston in 1927.
Rollie is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Shirley (Day), devoted father to his children Stephen and wife Dona of Sagamore Beach, Robert and wife Sharon of Jacksonville FL and Lori (Swinamer) Bennett and husband David of Sugar Land TX. Loving grandfather to Lisa Swinamer of Jacksonville FL and Lauren (Bennett) Obregon and husband Maio of South Hadley, MA as well as great grandfather to Logan Musgrave of Florida and Maio Obregon of MA. Rollie is also survived by sisters Helen (Swinamer) Drouin of Virginia and Sandra (Swinamer) Flemming of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and many nieces and nephews. Rollie was predeceased by sisters Gwendolyn (Swinamer) Joyce of West Roxbury and Shirley (Swinamer) Walsh of Ormond Beach, FL.
After attending Boston Schools Rollie enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1943 and upon completion of training was sent to Europe where he was a member of the 889th Air Engineering Squadron. A proud member of the "Greatest Generation" he participated in many of the key battles of WWII including the Invasion of Normandy, Battle of the Bulge and the Central European Campaign. One of his proudest memories was becoming a U.S. citizen in July 1944 at Plymouth England before going into battle.
Returning to Boston in 1945, Rollie met and wed Shirley in 1947 and started their 73-year adventure together. They moved to Dorchester in 1953 and after having 3 children moved to Rockland in 1964. A 31-year career with Boston Edison led to a 41-year retirement and golf became his pastime. Rollie fondly appreciated the many friends he came to know on and off the course and many rounds with the "Hackers" league at Ridders Golf Course. If you asked, he got a 4! He was also a long-time member of Healthtrax Gym in Hanover.
The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful friendship and support that Rollie and Shirley's many neighbors provided over the years. Thank you Tony, Sandy, Rich and Barbara, Mike and Jen. Also, the compassionate care and support provided by Norwell VNA/Hospice and the Pat Roche Hospice House of Hingham. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of the above organizations.
There will be no visitation or memorial service per Roland's wishes. Roland will be interred at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Ma at a later date.
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My sincere condolences on the loss of your father & husband. God bless you all
I was so sorry to hear about Rollie. Words can not say enough at times like this.
My prayers are with you Shirley and your family.
Jerry Shanahan, friend and old neighbor.
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