THOMASTON - S. Roy Swanholm, 83, died the day of his 83rd birthday, Thursday, February 10, 2011, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, following a long illness.
Born in Rockland, February 10, 1928, he was the son of Carl J. and Helga M. Andersen Swanholm. Growing up in Thomaston, he was educated in local schools and left high school during his junior year to join the United States Navy.
He served from 1945 to 1946, primarily aboard the 'U.S.S. Albany'.
Upon returning to Thomaston after discharge from his military service, Roy knocked on the door of his childhood home expecting to see his parents, only to find to his surprise, that his parents moved around the corner to Elliot Street.
At that time, he completed his high school education, graduating with Thomaston High School's class of 1947. After graduating he moved to Boston; and while rooming with his cousin Albert Andersen, attended Bentley College. He later graduated from Husson College in Bangor.
In the early 1950s he moved to Washington, D.C., and while working there, met his future wife Nancy Hawley. They were married in Nancy's home town of Scranton, PA, and returned to the Metro D.C. area, living in Arlington, VA. In 1954 the couple returned to Thomaston with their first child. They purchased the Elliot Street home where his parents moved while he was in the Navy.
For more than 30 years, Roy worked as a purchasing agent with the Martin-Marietta Corporation at the Thomaston Cement Plant, retiring in 1983.
After retiring, he worked part time as a bookkeeper for several area businesses.
During his school years, Roy began playing the trombone, a passion and skill he practiced throughout his life. He played in high school, and with many bands and venues locally, including in the late 1940s with Wayne Drinkwater's Orchestra, the former Oakland Park, the original Samoset Hotel, for many years with the Mid-Coast Community Band, and the Stan Catelle Swing Band.
He was a long-time member of the Downeast Jazz Society, the Federated Church in Thomaston where he served as a Deacon and was a past treasurer. In earlier years he enjoyed league bowling and playing pool. An ardent Boston Red Sox fan, he also possessed a wonderful sense of humor.
Roy was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Nancy, in 1996, and a sister, Elaine Storer in 2006. He is survived by two sons, Richard C. Swanholm and his wife Doreen of Bowdoin, Michael R. Swanholm and his wife Faye of Readfield; two daughters, Therese Hanley and her husband Ronald of Rockland, Elaine Larrabee and her husband Darrell of Thomaston; one sister, Signe Gardner and her husband Richard of Rockland; a sister-in-law, Romayne Lynott of Scranton, PA; four grandchildren, Lora Hanley, Patrick Hanley, Christian Swanholm, Elisabeth Swanholm; nieces and nephews including, Carol Clinton, Donna Weber and her husband Tom, Dana Smoak and her husband Neil, Tina Ellis and her husband Bob, Karen Littlefield and her husband Arrol, Keith Shortall his wife Amanda and their son Griffin.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 17th, at The Federated Church, 8 Hyler Street, Thomaston. The Reverend Jackie Brannen will officiate. Spring interment will be in the Village Cemetery, Thomaston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Federated Church, 8 Hyler Street, Thomaston, 04861, American Legion Williams-Brazier Post No. 37, P.O. Box 264, Thomaston, 04861, or the Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME, 04102.