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SWANSON, Ian Lambert

SWANSON, Ian Lambert

Ian was born in Nelson BC on Mother’s Day 10 May 1942 to Earle and Gladys Swanson (nee Lambert). The family relocated to Penticton in 1953 and for Ian Penticton was really a place to stay forever as he lived here until his passing on September 6, 2023.

His career in telecommunications started with CP telegraph as a construction lineman working in the Myra Canyon and along the telegraph lines in the Coquihalla. Pass. He continued as a construction lineman with Penticton Cable TV, Okanagan Telephone, BC Tel, retiring from Telus in 2000.

Ian was a quiet, gentle, thoughtful, caring man with a wicked sense of humour. He was an artist who painted animals, landscapes and Hot Rods. Ian played bass and lead guitar in a rock band during his teens and twenties. He crafted incredible woodwork and often combined woodwork with his art. Together Ian and Diane built a 1955 hot rod truck that Ian named “Bert”. Ian was also an avid gardener who gardened so that he could create vibrant flower arrangements.

Ian was a member of Masonic Lodge 147, the Penticton Shrine Club and played the horn in the Gizeh Arabian Band.

Ian was predeceased by his parents, sister Beverly Dinsdale as well as brother Warren. He is survived by his loving wife Diane, son Cam (Kris), son Paul (Tracey) cherished grandchildren Katie and Ben. He is also survived by, sons Darren and Dean, daughters Shelley, and SherryLee and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

You are welcome to join the family as they plant a dogwood tree in Ian’s memory at the Hamlets (103 Duncan Avenue): Saturday September 30th, 2023 at 10:30 AM. This will be followed by a luncheon at the SS Sicamous. Since Ian always wore jeans dress is casual.

Diane and family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Hamlets who cared so much for him in the 4 ½ years he lived there.

Ian always supported the Canadian Wildlife Federation. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to them at 350 Michael Cowpland Drive’ Kanata, Ontario KM2 2W1.

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Condolence Messages
  • Sep 22, 2023
    Very sorry for your families loss. My coworkers and I had the pleasure of working for BC Tel/Telus, Penticton office, for many years providing traffic control. Working with Ian was always a joy, his kindness and humour were a constant. Sue Jackson - Central Interior Traffic Control - Sue Jackson
  • Sep 20, 2023
    So sorry to hear about Ian, our thoughts are with you and your family - Iris & Art
  • Sep 19, 2023
    My condolences to Diane and family.
    Ian was definitely the life of the party and neighborhood. Always willing to lend a hand or good advice
    Your laughter and pranks will always be remembered Ian.
    Val (Samuelson) and family - Val Wurtz (Samuelson