Longtime Seward resident Bruce Swanson passed away August 3, 2015, at his home.
Born October 20, 1947, in New York and raised in Florida, Bruce found his way to Alaska in 1969 via the United States Army.
After graduating high school, he received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Florida, where he planned to study botany. He left the University to pursue another love, his high school sweetheart. Unfortunately, true love could not withstand Alaska’s cold, dark winters, and he remarried several years later. During his second marriage, Bruce had two children, Jason and Brittany Swanson, both of whom were raised in Seward. In his retirement, he had a short third marriage.
Bruce made his way to Seward in the late ‘80s, when he worked as the meat cutter for Eagle Quality Center. In the ‘90s, Bruce became an ad salesman for the Seward Phoenix Log, where his unique “organizational” skills were utilized. During his time at the Log, he created a football game called “Pig Skin Picks” for the entire community to participate in. Bruce also owned a small fishing charter business to disguise his obsession with fishing as a side job. He often donated charters to local charity auctions and served as the amateur photographer.
Bruce was probably best known for his stature and deep voice, but his kindness, generosity and optimism did not go unnoticed.
He is survived by his brother, Greg Swanson of San Diego, Calif., son Jason Swanson of Linn Creek, Mo., daughter and son-in-law Brittany Swanson and Chris Thompson of Seward, and five grandchildren, including Lola and Harper Swanson of Seward.
A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Sunday, October 4th, 12-2 p.m. at the K.M. Rae Building. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their memories of Bruce. Please bring a potluck dish to share if you can.