SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 19, 2013

Burpee P. Swindell, 89


Danvers, MA — Burpee “Burt” P. Swindell, 89, beloved husband of sixty-three years of his “sweetheart” Rita (Dowdell), passed away peacefully at the Masconomet Healthcare Center on January 17, 2013. Mr. Swindell was born in Danvers on October 24, 1923, to the late Burpee and Lena Swindell. Mr. Swindell was a lifelong resident of Danvers. He never lived more than a half a mile from Danvers Square and built his own home on Beaver Park Road for his new bride. He loved Danvers and never missed a Memorial Day Parade or the Fourth of July fireworks. The only time Mr. Swindell left Danvers was to serve honorably in the Army during WW II. He served in the Artillery Battalion as a Searchlight crewman in Northern France, Central Europe and the Rhineland and was proud to serve his country along with his four brothers who also served during WW II.

A talented craftsman, he began working as a carpenter at a very young age, building the Beaver Club clubhouse for his friends. For many years Mr. Swindell worked along with his brothers as the Swindell Bros. Carpenters. Swindell Bros. Carpenters worked for years on the North Shore and were known for their excellent work building houses and their superior finish work. Mr. Swindell also worked for Con-arc Construction. After he retired he continued to work part-time as a handyman. Mr. Swindell loved carpentry and it was not only his job, but his hobby. He loved to dance and was always first and last person on the dance floor with his partner Rita.

A devoted Catholic, Mr. Swindell was a member of St. Richards Parish in Danvers and was also a longtime member of the Thomas E. Power Council, #1505, Knights of Columbus, and bowled for many years with the Knights of Columbus bowling league.

Besides the love of his life Rita, he is survived by his devoted children, Cynthia Abbott and her husband Gary of Boxford, Paul of Danvers, James and his companion Darlene of Danvers and Barry and his wife Nancy George of Beverly. Also missing him and all the fun they had with their wonderful grandfather are Scott Abbott and his wife Kellie of Beverly, Craig Abbott of Jackson, WY, Adam, Christopher and Heather Swindell of Salem NH, and Matthew and Laura Swindell of Beverly. He is also survived by his sister Louise Locke and her husband Ron of Wolfboro, NH, and his sister-in-law, Mary Swindell. He was preceded in death by his sisters Bernice, Bernadette, Rita and Helena and his brothers James, Frank, Wilfred, Elden and John. He will be missed by his sisters and brothers in law and by his many nieces and nephews who always knew they would receive a wonderful hug and lots of smiles and laughter from their Uncle Burt.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Monday from 5-8pm in the Mackey Funeral Home, Danvers. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Mr. Swindell on Tuesday at 10am in St. Richard Parish, Danvers. Burial in St. Mary's cemetery, Sylvan St., Danvers. If desired please make donations in his name to the Alzheimers Assoc., PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or see see http://www.alz.org see:www.mackeyfuneralhome.com