John Swanson Jr, age 90, died peacefully at his son’s home in Groton, NY on Monday, December 17, 2018.

John was born in Bolton, Connecticut on May 9, 1928, a son of the late John and Anna (Carlson) Swanson Sr. After serving in the US Navy submarine service from 1945-1949 he began his lifelong career of farming. In 1959 he relocated with his young family to Interlaken, NY. In addition to farming, Mr. Swanson drove school bus in Connecticut and New York for a total of 30 years. He was Covert town and county supervisor from 1970 to 1982. John was an advocate for appropriate land use and served on the Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation Board for 17 years. Throughout his life, he served in various capacities in the Bolton Congregational Church, the Interlaken Reformed Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ithaca. John and Charlotte maintained a membership at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ithaca for the past 40 years.

Mr. Swanson was recently preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Charlotte (Hoar) Swanson. He is survived by his three children; John III and his wife, Josephine of Interlaken, Christine Swanson of Gloucester, MA, David Swanson and his wife Susan of Groton, six grandchildren; Janine Price of Cortland, Benjamin Swanson of Romulus, Matthew Swanson and Kathleen Swanson, both of Interlaken Lydia Prysak of Gloucester, MA and Mary Gehrke of Framingham, MA; 10 great grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter.

John will be remembered for his inscrutable honesty, his love for his family and his pride in a job well done.

Funeral Services will be held privately and interment will take place at Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken. Kindly consider a donation to the charity of your choice in John’s memory.