Henry Morrison Swift

Henry Morrison – 86, of Dartmouth, NS passed away unexpectedly in Maple Ridge, BC on September 1.

Born in Springhill, NS, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Dewar) Swift. After 43 years of service in various management positions throughout the Atlantic region, Henry retired from the regional office of CIBC in Halifax, NS in 1988. Following his retirement he enjoyed his winter months at Pointe West Mobile Home Park in Largo, Florida.

Throughout his life he was involved in a variety of organizations, including the Lions Club, Rotary Club of Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Salvation Army, to name a few. He was a member of the Luxor Temple and the Masonic Lodge.

Henry was a gifted musician who frequently shared his love of music by playing his saxophone for the congregation at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church where he was a long time member. He was also an avid golfer and member of the Hartlen Point Golf Club.

Henry was devoted to his family and proud of their accomplishments. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, his children: daughters Pamela Frauley, Halifax, NS, and Judith Donaldson (Paul), Houston, TX, stepdaughter Robin Marecek, Edmonton, AB and stepson Kent Gallie (Susan Loadman), Maple Ridge, BC. He is also survived by his grandchildren Christopher Day (Jiashu Fang), Shanghai, China, Bryan Day, Houston, TX, Emily and Kate Marecek, Edmonton, AB, his sister in-law Muriel Swift, Stellarton, NS, brother in-law Derek Mills (Hazel), Sioux Lookout, ON, one niece and five nephews. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Claudia, brother John, sister and brother in-law Jean and Frank Tuck and son in-law Larry Frauley.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, September 11 at 12:30 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 216 School Street, Dartmouth, NS. Funeral to follow at 2:00 pm officiated by Rev. Dr. P.A. (Sandy) McDonald. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. it was a terrible tragedy.

  2. Dear Pam….I am so very sorry to hear of this devastating news. You and your dad had such a close and admirable bond that many could only hope for. You have been dealt some very difficult cards this year but they say that God does not give you any more than He knows you are capable of handling. You will be able to draw strength from all the friends and family that know and love you. I may not be able to be there in person on the day of your service but I will be there in spirit. Take care Pam….Patsy

  3. Thinking of you all during this most difficult time. May Henry’s love and kindness will be a guide during the days ahead. Love, understanding and HUGS, Deb & Don

  4. Thinking of you and your family Pam, your dad was truly one of the finest gentlemen I had a chance to work with many years ago. He had an awesome presence and was so caring with all of the staff. My deepest sympathies I know how close you were.

  5. Dear Judy, my deepest sympathies on the devastating sudden loss of your Dad. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you a comforting hug.

  6. Dear Aunt Jackie and Family. We were so sorry to hear of Henrys passing. Henry was a wonderful man, so full of joy with a big heart and so much fun to be with. I hope it helps to know that we are thinking of all of you at this very sad time. You are in our Hearts and Prayers. You will be missed so much “Lord” Henry. R.I.P. I wish the meaning was “Return If Possible” Love and hugs to all.

  7. Bernie & Phyllis Furlong

    Dear Aunt Jackie & family.
    How very sorry we were to hear about Henry, he was a great man & we will miss him.
    Aunt Jackie, we want you to know that you are on our minds and in our hearts during this difficult time,
    Bernie & Phyllis

  8. Bernie & Phyllis Furlong

    Dear Aunt Jackie & Family
    How very sorry we were to hear about Henry ,he sure was a great guy & we had many great laughs over the years, I will miss the great hugs.
    Aunt Jackie , we just wanted you to know you’re on our minds and in our hearts.
    Love to all.
    Bernie & Phyllis

  9. Dear Jackie,
    I was sad to read that Henry had passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  10. Susan & Neil MacDonald

    Our deepest sympathies, to all Henry’s family members, far and wide.
    We are proud to have known Henry and will always remember his quick wit and friendly disposition. May your many memories of better times past, sustain you through this difficult time.

    Susan and Neil

  11. To Mr. Swift”s family
    I grew up in Yarmouth N.S when Mr. Swift was a bank manager there , he and his first wife Claudia were good friends of my parents despite my parents being older . My father Jacob David Cohen ( known as Jake ) and Henry were great friends and each learned a great deal from each other , they mentored each other and I remember that each held the other in highest esteem . The friendship extended beyond the men to the 2 couples Betty and Jake and Claudia and Henry
    My father died suddenly in 1980 and Henry kept in touch with my mother following his death . Henry was an honest and kind man . For your family that is mourning him , I hope that following these most difficult days you will be comforted by the wonderful memories that you must all have
    Marsha Astroff

  12. Danny & Karen Pellerin

    Dear Pam and Judy

    So sorry to hear about your dad. We are thinking of you during this very difficult and trying time.
    Our sincere condolences to you both.

    Danny and Karen.

  13. My sincere condolences to the Swift family on Henry’s death. May you find peace in the many happy memories of him.

  14. Dear Jackie, please accept my sincere condolences . Henry was a wonderful man and I really enjoyed my times with you and him at Hartlin Point. We had a lot of laughs together and we all will miss Henry at the golf course. Please, Jackie, take care of yourself at this time. My heart and prayers are with you .

  15. Hi Folks,

    I knew Henry, but I know you didn’t know me. I was a young buck looking after Irving’s banking relationship with Irving Oil in the late 70’s, early 80’s. Big stuff back then. Henry was the first to explain to me what “assume” means, meaning to make an “ass” out of “u” and “me”. Stuck with me my whole life (63 now). He was a mentor. Sorry for your loss.

    Steve Appleby

  16. Gordon and Francine White

    After meeting Judy and Paul in Hampton last week and going over old times it was more than sad to read of Henry’s death in the Saint John paper today. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  17. Ellen and John Belyea

    We are thinking of you, your Mom, and all the family. May memories of happier times comfort all of you as you deal with this sudden loss.

  18. Janet Murdoch Soper

    Dear Jackie,
    I was so sad when I saw the news in today’s paper. You were such a great couple and I always enjoyed seeing the two of you when you visited Saint John. I remember Henry’s smiles and you were always so happy together. May God give you comfort and hold you in the palm of his hand. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Hi Jackie & Robin & all the family, we send you lots of love & a great big hug to you all. Henry’s great smile & sense of humor will always be remembered fondly- he was a great man as is able to be seen in his family. We’ll talk soon, love & prayers, Sherri

  20. Carol-Ann and Sandy Noble

    We were so sorry, Jackie, to hear of Henry’s passing. We have memories of many happy evenings in Elsie and Jack’s livingroom in Dartmouth with Henry entertaining us with his sly wit (not to mention blowing a pretty mean horn). A lovely, gracious man and we will remember him with great fondness. Our deepest sympathies to you at this very sad time.

  21. Karen and Phil Young

    Pam, Jackie, Judy and families, we were so sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  22. Lloyd and Nancy Pierce

    So sorry Jackie, Hank was such a fun person to be around and we will always remember his greeting and big laugh.
    We are thinking of you and your family and hope to see you again. Will be thinking of Hank at the shuffleboard
    Courts this winter.

  23. Pam, my sincere condolences. Your dad was one of the best managers and area managers I ever worked for, not only as a boss but as a great human being. I know you will have great memories to sustain you and your families.
    Dave MacLeod (Little Dave)

  24. Jackie & families…deepest condolences. Sorry for your loss but know you had a wonderful life
    together. Cherish the many memories and Henry will always be near.l Henry and Sandy had
    very parallel lives in their many organizations and societies. They both their all to those many

  25. Please note …re my condolence, I left the word “gave” out of the last line…it shld have
    read “gave their all”.
    Thank You

  26. I was both shocked and saddened to learn of my dear friend Henry’s untimely passing. The sympathy of my entire family is extended to you and your family as you travel through the difficult days ahead. Bless you Jackie.

  27. So sorry to read of Henry’s passing ! Our radio station ,CJRW Summerside , were customers of CIBC from 1948 through to the late 1990’s …. Henry , of course , was one of the many Managers during that period . I recall how he handled , what became a most difficult international circumstance at the Summerside Branch in such a professional manner . He was a kind and understanding man … pleasant to be around !
    My condolences to all Family members !
    Paul H Schurman

  28. Karen & Ron Bilodeau

    Our deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Love Karen & Ron Bilodeau, Jesse, Alice and Amy Thomas

  29. We are very sad about the loss of Henry. He was an incredible man and so very loved by many. He brought a smile to those around him…he will be remembered by so many.

  30. Stew & Raylene Rogers

    Pam and Judy……Although Henry hired me in Yarmouth in the mid 60’s, it was not until a few years later, in New Glasgow, that I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him. He was a terrific person to work with and I learned a great deal under his guidance. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  31. Paula & Roger Cyr

    Judy and Pam , so sorry to read about your Dad’s death. I always enjoyed working with him. Any bankers reading this might smile at the following. I remember the day vividly when I was told, with a somewhat loud voice , after I completed a year end report , that there was a difference between a ticker and a checker !!! A difference I remember to this day. Roger and I would like to send our condolences to you both and your families.

  32. Paula & Roger Cyr

    Judy and Pam, so sorry to hear about your Dad’s sudden death. I always enjoyed working with him. Any banker who reads this might get a smile , I hope you both do. One of my fondest memories was a lesson I leaned after completing a report and asking Henry to sign it. I made an error when I did the report and someone else “checked ” it and missed the error. Of course he looked it over, found the mistake , and then in a somewhat aloud voice explained to me the very significant difference between people who are simply tickers and not real checkers. Something I have alway remembered .
    Please know that Roger and I are thinking about you and and your families and offer our
    sincere condolences.

  33. Norm & Gerry Shoemaker

    Jackie, dear friend, we will miss Hank so much and could not find a kinder or friendlier person to spend time with and fun to be with. Pam and Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. May you all know how much he was loved by everyone who knew him.
    Norm & Gerry.

  34. MIlt & Arlene MacLean

    We send our condolences to Jacqueline and Family on the sudden passing of Henry. May the memories of good times and the comforting of one another sustain you through this sad time.

    sincerely, Milt and Arlene MacLean

  35. Dave and Myrna Cashman

    Dear Jackie, Pam, Judith and family,
    We are so saddened and shocked to hear of Hank’s untimely passing. He will always be remembered in our hearts as the best neighbour we could ask for. We will surely miss hearing him practice the sax and playing Happy Birthday over the phone. Cherish the memories. They will help you through this difficult time. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love and caring,
    Dave and Myrna

  36. Blaine and Evelyn Barrie

    Jackie, Pam, Judy and families,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. We always looked forward to seeing him at the retirees lunches. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by many. We are presently out of town so will be unable to attend the service on Thur., you will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Our deepest condolences
    Blaine and Evelyn

  37. Paul and Judy. Please be advised the we were shocked to hear of your dad’s passing. Many of us at (Tote-M Vacation Park) Pirates Cove remember Henry fondly for his great sense of extremely dry humour, musical ability, volunteerism, practical joke and love of playing cards. We have missed him since his transfer and speak of him with fond memories. It was nice to see both of you a week or so ago even if it was similar unfortunate circumstances.

  38. Dear Aunt Jackie,
    What a loss. He was an amazing man who matched your humor so easily.
    May your tears flow and may they make room in your heart for the memories.
    With much love and respect,
    Your niece,
    Kate Casey

  39. Jackie — may God Bless you during this time of sorrow.

  40. Ron & Ellie Prevost

    Dear Jackie and family, Our heartful condolences are extended to all of you at this difficult time. We enjoyed all the great times we spent with you and will always remember Hank’s happy smile and
    great personality. He was certainly one of a kind. Our best to all.

  41. Very sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. Got to know Henry while learning to golf at the Point with his buddies J.B. & my father -in-law, Dave Leavens. Special day when the family brought Henry into the Midtown this past summer for his Tattoo visit, had a great chat about Springhill, my Dad, and Hartlen Point & his old buddies ! His great smile & friendly way will be sorely missed by all ! God bless all of you, Eric Grant

  42. Mike & Sharyn Clairmont

    Jackie, Pam & Judy,

    Henry was one of the most remarkable men I have ever worked with. I will sadly miss sewing on his butttons. He was a remarkable friend.

    Our deepest Sympathy
    Mike & Sharyn

  43. Willa and Doug Loewen

    Our sincere condolences to Jackie and the Swift Family. Henry enjoyed life to the fullest aand was an all around good person. He will be missed.

  44. Walt & Joanne Jennerich

    Jackie, we were so very shocked and saddened to hear of Hank’s passing. He will be so missed by everyone in Point West and the Friday night Kitchen Band will not be the same without him. Our deepest sympathy to you Jackie and to your family . You are all in our prayers.

    Joanne & Walt

  45. Dear Jackie

    So sorry to read of Henry’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Sincerely , Sheila Borge, Dartmouth, N.S.

  46. Pam and family, sorry for your loss. I will always remember his wonderful smile and happy I was able to know him through CIBC.
    Gail Nowlan

  47. Sorry to hear of Henry’s death. I will be thinking about you. Sincerely Barb

  48. Heather (MacDonald) Hatfield

    Jackie & Family, I am so sorry – my prayers are with you.

  49. Dear Jackie:
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family in your unexpected loss. My prayers are with you.

  50. So sad to hear of Henry’s passing. I was a fellow musician on Friday nights at Pointe West and always loved his performances. Play on in a heavenly band, Henry! There’s a place for you there for sure. My deepest sympathies to all the family and friends.

  51. Jeanette and Bill MacLellan

    Dear Jackie,
    We were so sorry and shocked to hear of Hank’s passing. We will miss him at Pointe West, his gentle smile and his beautiful music. God bless you and your family at this time Jackie.

    Bill and Jeanette

  52. Ron & Norah Soobratee

    Dear Pam & Judy. So very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. He was a true gentleman – kind and compassionate with a terrific sense of humor. I will always remember him visiting me in the hospital after the birth of our first child. May the many cherished memories you have in your hearts help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  53. Jackie and Family—–I was very saddened to hear of Hank’s untimely death. Such a wonderful person and his legacy will live on in anyone and everyone who had the opportunity to know him. My sincere sympathy, my prayers and many warm hugs. We gather strength from family and friends and you have many.
    Again–my sympathy and prayers
    Barb Trombley

  54. Evelyn and Faustin Gallant

    Dear Jackie
    Our deepest sympathy to you and family. God bless you.

    Evelyn and Faustin

  55. Mel & Fedora Melanson

    Dear Jackie: We were saddened to receive the sad news about Hank. May God be with you and give you Courage.

  56. Aubin and Louise Arsenault

    Jackie and Family Sorry to hear of Hank passing away. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Aubin and Louise

  57. April & Murray James

    Pam & family,
    “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” – (Robert Louis Stevenson). Our thoughts are always with you. Lots of hugs,
    April & Murray

  58. Judy and Paul,

    Jim and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Henry. We send our deepest sympathy to you, Jackie, Pam and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Love and hugs,
    Jim & Pam

  59. Judy, Pam, Jackie and family,

    We are thinking of you daily during this very difficult time. “Hank” was an amazing guy – so thoughtful and caring and full of humour. He compared me and two friends at a get-together as the Kingston Trio… we of course couldn’t sing but he had us thinking we were something… haha. Typical Henry. Henry will be sadly missed but we are fortunate that his light will still shine through you. Take care! The Creelman’s

  60. Our thoughts are with you today.
    We will keep you all in our prayers.
    Our Hearts are with you.
    Tom and Kathy Frauley

  61. Richard & Wendy Snow

    Judy and family,

    Remembering again our evenings of Christmas carols at your family’s home in in Saint John, your Dad meeting us at the door with a welcoming smile on his face. As he dubbed Dave, Paul and I the Kingston Trio at our attempts at We Three Kings, it was with his customary and encouraging hearty laugh. I’m sure he is today and every day looking down and smiling over you all. Be well, Richard and Wendy

  62. Richard & Wendy Snow

    Judy and family,

    Remembering again evenings of Christmas carols at your family’s home in Saint John, your Dad meeting us at the door with a welcoming smile on his face. Dubbing Dave, Paul and I The Kingston Trio at our attempts to sing We Three Kings, it was with his customary and encouraging hearty laugh. I am sure he is today and every day smiling down on you all. Be Well, Richard and Wendy

  63. Donna Lee & Mike Laveck

    Dear Jackie & family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. Henry was such a nice man, full of humour and always providing a laugh and a reason to smile. We are away and will not be able to attend the funeral but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Donna Lee & Mike

  64. Betty Anne & ken Nuttall

    Dear Pam
    So sorry to hear about your Dad. You always spoke very highly of him. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Betty Anne & Ken Nuttall

  65. Darrell & Linda Hill

    Jackie & Family

    We are so sorry for your lose. Henry will be missed so much. Not seeing him walk down the street will be hard to get use to. He always had a smile and something nice to say.

    Linda & Darrell

  66. Dear Jackie, Pam and Judy:
    Henry and I were classmates through all the grades in the Springhill schools, plus the Cdn Legion Band.
    Charley Atkinson told me of the sad passing of Henry, and I and my wife Beverly wish to express our
    condolences you. We are truly sorry.
    Bill and Bev Wilson

  67. Aunt Jackie and Family,

    I heard a great many wonderful things about Henry from Jennifer H. I was just looking at a photo of you and grandma (Evelyn Gallie Turner) today. I’m so sorry for your loss.


  68. Kim (Christie) Gallant

    Judy, Pam and families,
    Thoughts and prayers to you and your families at this time . Both your Dad and Mom had a special place and left fond memories to those in your former Moncton West neighborhood.

  69. Ann & Stewart Galloway

    Dear Judy Paul,Pam Jackie &the Boys
    We are so sorry for the loss of Your Dad. Husband ,Grandfather,were checking our e-mail all week hoping to find out time & Date of the Service
    Sorry we were not Here with you for the support you Deserve ,it has been a very Difficult Summer for all of You
    God Bless .Keeping all of you in Our Thoughts & Prayers .
    Ann & Stewart

  70. SJVS/HVHS Alumni Assoc

    To Jacqueline (Jackie) and extended family members;
    On behalf of the Saint John Vocational/Harbour View High Alumni Association, please accept our most sincere sympathy in the sudden loss of your dear Husband, Henry. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Sincerely, Louise Craine, Alumni Liaison

  71. Dear Jackie, Pam and family,
    My deepest condolences. I am in complete shock as I just learned today of Henry’s passing. What a wonderful man and it was a pleasure to have worked with him. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.

  72. Jackie, Pam & Judy –

    I was so sorry to hear of Henry’s death. I only met him a few times but always thought of him as a lovely man with great dignity. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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