1920 – 2014

Mr. Simon Swier went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully July 8, 2014 at his home, in Chateau Lacombe at the age of 93 years. Simon was born September 14, 1920 in Enkhuizen, Holland, the 4th child of Pieter Swier and Stijntje Bakker. He immigrated in 1948 with his new bride, Ann Pearl Swier. They arrived in Halifax and then travelled to Lacombe by train. He was sponsored by his brother and sister in law Ralph and Winnie Prins and worked as a farm labourer for different employers, with the dream of one day having his own farm. This became reality in 1967 when they purchased their farm just south of Morningside where he continued to farm until he was 75 years old. He also volunteered (and later received a paycheque) at the Lacombe Christian School as a treasurer/administrator for 30 + years. Over the years Simon and Ann were blessed with 5 children. Dad/Opa enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, watching hockey games, and attending church regularly. He loved spending time with his family, children, and grandchildren. He loved to tell stories and joke around. Simon is predeceased by his loving wife Ann Swier, (son-in-law) Blake Dowling, (grandson) Cameron Dowling. He is survived by his children; Peter (Les) Swier, Lynn Richardson, Cathy Dowling, Wally Swier, Roger (Anita) Swier, 12 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren, and one on the way! Also Jaap Swier (brother), and Marijtje (Riet) Asma (sister), both in Holland. A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday July 12th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church, in Lacombe, (5704-51 Ave. Lacombe). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lacombe Christian School, 5206-58 St., Lacombe AB, T4L 1G9. Condolences may be made by visiting


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