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Updated: 02/02/2014 08:00:01AM

Douglas S. Swinamer Sr.

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Douglas S. “Doug” Swinamer Sr., 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan 30, 2014, at home.

He was born May 24, 1930, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Doug worked for NS Light and Power, until he and his family moved to the U.S. in 1964. He worked for Boston Edison as a linesman, and retired as an Overhead Line supervisor. Doug and his wife moved to Port Charlotte in 1997. He was a dedicated member of Moose Lodge 2121 of Port Charlotte since 2000. He was honored with a past Governor award in recognition of his Loyalty, meritorious service and commitment. Doug was also a Moose Legionnaire, and was honored with a Fellowship Degree.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vie of Port Charlotte; his children, Judith (Michael) Saffelle and Douglas Jr. (Karen); his grandchildren, Sarah (Robert) Gillis, Megan Swinamer and Bryan Saffelle; his brother, Clark Swinamer; and sister, Juanita Swinamer of Nova Scotia.

Visitation will be held from noon until the Funeral Services at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 2405 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens’ mausoleum in Port Charlotte. Please visit the online tribute for Douglas S. Swinamer Sr. to sign the guestbook and offer condolences to the family at The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238.

A special thanks to Dr. S. Bhat and staff at Port Charlotte Rehab, and the dedicated support of Helen Kramer and Jean Wydra.

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.

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