Obituary: Gordon W. Swain, 80

Gordon W. Swain, 80, of Southington, died on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Gordon W. Swain, 80, of Southington, died on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Gordon W. Swain, 80, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at his home. He had been the loving husband of Marilyn (LaPenta) Swain for 25 years.

Born on August 15, 1935 in Southington to the late Gordon and Lillian (Milne) Swain, he had been a lifelong Southington resident.

Gordon worked as a fourslide tool and die maker at Newcomb Spring and Quality Coil. He had a need for speed and loved drag racing and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed golfing and playing cards at the American Legion.

In addition to his wife Marilyn, he is survived by his three children: James Swain and his longtime partner Barbara Shanly of Southington; Judith Gilbert and her fiancé Donald Lorusso of East Haddam and Jeffrey Swain and his wife Pamela of Southington, two step-children; David Janazzo of New Providence, NJ and Irene Parrish of Bradford, MA; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother Robert Swain of Kalamazoo, MI; two sisters, Ann Levensaler and her husband Kenneth of Southington and Muriel Mahaffey of Meriden and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Rhoda (Prescher) Swain.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or to the Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville, CT 06479.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville. There are no calling hours. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.

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