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Edward Grant Swaren

September 25, 1939 - July 16, 2019


Just over two months short of his 80th birthday, Ed passed away peacefully at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission with his family by his side. He was a devoted husband, amazing father to 3, super grand-dad to 5, little brother to his 3 surviving siblings and friend to many.

Ed was born in Galahad, Alberta on September 25, 1939 to Nels and Ollie Swaren. “Sir Edward the Last” (as he often called himself) was the youngest of seven children.  In 1942 the family moved to Mission, BC where he spent his formative years.  As a child, he could never have known the impact this move would make on his life; he became an integral part of this town on many levels.  In high school Ed thrived on sports. He played everything he could, from baseball to volleyball and he had a special talent for basketball and track and field.  In his graduation yearbook, “Eddie” was described as “Mission’s all-round athlete.” His keen interest in sports would lead to a lifelong passion for all things athletic. If he wasn’t playing golf or curling, he could be found watching them (or hockey) on TV.

Ed was also an accomplished student and a passionate learner. He graduated from Mission Secondary in 1957 and went on to get his two-year teaching certificate at UBC.  At the young age of 19, he started teaching in Prince George and then in France. He returned to Canada and finished his bachelor’s degree and then in 1972, set off on a two-year adventure with his young family where he eagerly took on the job of principal of the Canadian Forces Base high school in Baden, Germany.  Upon his return, he went back to Prince George where he raised his family and worked as a school principal and as an administrator in curriculum development.  In 1978, he earned his Master of Education degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.  In 1980, he moved back to Mission, and continued his career in Maple Ridge as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools until he retired in 1996.

In Mission, Ed took pride in contributing to the community by volunteering on committees including one for the BC Games. He was also known to make his voice heard at the city council or in letters to the editor when he was concerned about an issue in his town.

Ed loved to travel and this was something he and Jen, his soulmate and wife, did often. From Mexico, to Hawaii, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand they had so much fun discovering the world.  Wherever the travels took him though, he would happily return to his hometown of Mission to take walks along the dike and play a round or two at his beloved Mission Golf and Country Club.

Above all Ed cherished his family and will be sadly missed by Jennifer, his wife of over 52 years, and their children and grandchildren: son – David (Cristina), daughters – Leanne (Shawn) and Carolyn (Rick), and grandchildren – Ben, Julianne, Sam, Vance and Cabe.  He will also be fondly remembered by his brother Howard (Leona), sisters Leona and Vera, and a multitude of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Ed was predeceased by his parents Nels and Ollie Swaren, his brothers Floyd and Willard, and his sister Emily.

Online condolences may be made at bakerviewcrematorium.com. A celebration of his life will be held on August 10, 2019 from 2:00-5:00pm in the banquet room at the Best Western hotel at 32281 Lougheed Hwy, Mission BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or the Mission Hospice Society.


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From: Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre

Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sue Antonson
Relation: I knew Jennifer

Jennifer. My heart breaks for you and your family. My sincere condolences to you all.

From: Marilyn Hargitt
Relation: Worked with him at SD 42

Ed was a pleasure to work with. Always reliable, understanding and kind. Administrators in SD 42 were fortunate to know him and he will be remembered by the many colleagues and students whose lives he touched. Condolences to all his family.

From: Olive krikau kieler
Relation: Long time friend

I am so happy that I was able to see Ed before he passed away. He always had a special place in my heart. This will be a had time for you Jen and your family so I will be praying for strength and comfort. Be blessed olive

From: Dorothy Neill
Relation: Went to school with him

So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.
I went to school with him
We all bowled together .Was a fun guy..
So sorry for your loss Jennifer.
He will be missed…

From: Wayne McArthur

I only knew Ed from Mission golf and we played together on a few occasions over many years. If I drew his name in a tournament I knew it would be a good pairing. He actually nominated me for the board of directors a few years ago as he said I would fit well and do well, something I will long remember. I truly am sorry for your loss and I will miss his smile and warm greeting on a morning at the course

From: Edward Zwick
Relation: Curling buddy

I got to know Ed through the Mission Masters Curling club, his encouraging SHOUTS could be heard above all others during games. I remember when I introduced my name also being “Edward” his reply ” two Ed.s are better than one”. He will be sorely missed at the Club. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the service, .

From: Adam Edward Andruschak
Relation: colleague at School District No. 42

My sincere condolences to Jen and Ed’s family. Ed was a very thoughtful, caring person. Our work relationship spanned many years at the school district and we shared many joys and tribulations with management issues. Ed always had a refreshing pragmatic capacity about him. His focus at work was clear, a torch bearer for meaningful education programs. Ed also had a wonderful sense of humour. He could laugh freely at things and equally about himself. I’ll remember Ed as a person with strong values and a spirited joy for life.

From: Fred Ashton
Relation: High scool friend.

So sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. Ed was a person I always admired while going through high school and later in life when I found out how accomplished he was. I am so glad I was able to see him again in this last few years. My sincere condolences to Jen and family.

From: Ron D'Andrea
Relation: colleague

I heard with deep sorrow of Ed’s passing . I met Ed when he became Assistant Superintendent in School District 42. As a principal, I quickly came to respect him as a gentleman and educational leader. He was always supportive of the administrators in the school and the teaching staff and always focused on the best interest of the students. His leadership was missed when he retired. He was not only a colleague, he was a good friend.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
August 10, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Best Western Hotel Banquet Room
32281 Lougheed Hwy
Mission, BC Canada

Celebration of Life held from 2:00 – 5:00 pm

32281 Lougheed Hwy
Mission, BC Canada

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