Ronald G. Swanson
Ronald Gilbert Swanson 80, of Cranston passed away on Saturday June 13, 2015 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Wilma, their two sons, David and Carl Swanson (and wife Carol), and one daughter Lynn Chenel all of Cranston. He was also predeceased by their daughter Ellen Swanson. He was the devoted grandfather to his three granddaughters Natalie and Julia Chenel and Anya Swanson. He was the son of the late Clarence and Edna (Dodd) Swanson and brother of the late Clarence Swanson Jr. and Robert Swanson. After working at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) as Director of the Physical Plant for 16 years, he retired in 2000. He also worked in management at the former Bowerman Brothers Construction Company for 23 years. He was a United States Army veteran. He was very active in the CLCF sports organization having served as a hockey coach and as a past President for many years. He was also a principal leader in the construction of the CLCF building on Pontiac Avenue. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, participating in various tuna tournaments and loved the outdoors. He was an avid Bruins fan. He was also a member of the Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian of Warwick, and an ordained deacon. Visitation will be on Tuesday June 16th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30am in The Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian 100 Main Avenue Warwick. Burial will be private in Quidnesset Memorial Cemetary at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to American Heart Association would be appreciated.
Evelyn and Barry Nelson - 06/14/2015
One could not ask for a better friend than Ron and we will miss him dearly.
New Year's eve celebrations and September trips to Maine will be cherished memories.
There are tears as we write this but joy in our hearts for having had a long and special relationship with Ron and his family.
Rollice and Dick Ernst - 06/15/2015
We have fond memories of a 'lovely' and caring gentleman that Ron always was; so sorry for your loss .
Jeff Breton - 06/18/2015
Ron worked for me for years as a delivery person and became more of a friend/family member. He a great man who I looked forward to seeing each day. I remember taking him fishing one year and what a time we had. This year I lost my dad and January and feel I just lost my second dad. I will never forget our friendship and will miss Ron. I'm so sorry for your loss. J
The FitzSimon Family - 12/25/2015
So sorry for your loss.Our prayers are with you..god bless..