On April 27th, 2016, in his 76th year, John Edward Swift passed suddenly into the presence of his Lord and Saviour with his family at his side. Born in Gloucestershire, England, the oldest son of Arthur and Eileen Swift. His brother, Peter (Felicity) was born five years later and James (Ruth) was added to the family as the son of Arthur and Antoinette (Alan). John grew up in London, England where he attended Mercer’s School and ultimately graduated as a medical doctor from Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. After immigrating to Canada in 1965 with his former wife, Dr. Irene Swift, John completed his residency in Family Practice at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. It was here that he worked as a physician in the Queens Family Medicine Unit, during which time he participated in the Queens teaching practice in Moose Factory and the Belcher Islands. John and Irene had three children Andrew (Victoria), David (Carol) and Fiona (Bobby). As well as a busy medical practice, their family ran a 120-acre Simmental beef farm. Moving to Hamilton in the late 1980s, John assumed a two-fold medical practice as head of low-risk obstetrics at McMaster University hospital as well as heading up their Palliative Care Program. John married Eleanor (Martin) (Rogers) in 1991 and became step-father to Jeremy (Amy), Darin (Sarah), Andrea (Dominic), Ashley (Adam), and Dustin (Shanna) and brother-in-law to Ruth (Brian) and Margaret (Steve). John was blessed with 15 grandchildren who brought him great pride and joy: Julia, Claire, Abigail, Naia, Naomi, Tristan, Leah, Anica, Jaden, Preston, Senja, Amelia, Cruz, Micah, and Madeleine. In 1992, John accepted a full-time position as Chief of Palliative Care at Parkwood Hospital in London, Ontario, subsequently opening a Palliative Unit at Victoria Hospital. John later returned to family practice, covering locums in London as well as Windsor, ON and in more recent years working with AIM Health Group and London Medicentre. In 2014, John and Eleanor relocated to Lucan, ON where John was presently practicing in the newly established Lucan Medical Centre as well as covering the medical needs of the Prince George Retirement Home. John’s faith was his passion, his family was his joy and his work brought him great purpose and satisfaction. In all of these areas, he touched hundreds of lives: friends, family, co-workers, and patients. And though we will miss him and grieve his loss, we “do not grieve as those with no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Friends may call at Community Bible Church, 24294 Adelaide St. N. (at Hwy # 7), Lucan on Sunday, May 1 from 6-8 PM and again on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 10-10:45 AM where a celebration of John’s life will be held at 11 AM. To honour John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Haskett Funeral Home, Lucan entrusted with arrangements (519-227-4211).
Donations to Scripture Union or Regent College would be appreciated by the family.