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Obituary for Dennis Albert Gordon Swayze


It is with incredible sadness the family announces the passing of Dennis Swayze on Saturday, January 20, 2024.
Despite the terrific efforts of First Responders and the team of doctors, nurses and support staff at the St. Boniface Hospital, a recovery was not in God’s Plan.

Dennis is survived by his wife Jan; sons Trevor (Richelle) Cook, and Chad Swayze (Travis Marshall); daughters Jana (Randy) Peterson, and Carmen (Corey) Fredborg; grandchildren Austin, Ethan, Payton, and Jase Cook; Bailey, and Taylor Peterson; Shyla, and Emmrie Fredborg. He is also survived by his brother Norman, and sister Lori (Laurier) Donais; children Jacqueline, Jadon, Joshua, and Jared. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Helen Swayze (Wiszniak); daughter Natalie; daughter-in-law Sonja; and granddaughter Madison Peterson.

He was an Honourary member of the Belgian Club; Life member of the Robin Hood Archery Club; Board member of the Block Parents of Winnipeg, and the Earl Grey Neighbourhood Association; and a member of the Manitoba Canary and Finch Club. He volunteered with the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project (Manitoba); Habitat for Humanity; Never Alone Foundation; and Special Olympics.

His thirty-seven year telecommunications career as a service technician commenced in 1977 with Bendo Construction, and progressed with Greater Winnipeg Cablevision, Videon, and Shaw Cable. He was also self-employed as owner and operator of Direct Cable. He retired from Shaw Cable in November, 2014.

Dennis loved nature and was a “photographer extraordinaire”. He was a kind and generous “Good Neighbour”. There are so many adjectives that describe Dennis – adventurous, smart, funny, creative, dedicated, passionate and compassionate for charities, love for his hobbies, family, and friends. His alter ego was O.B.E. (old blue eyes).

In honouring him and his love of photography, we will keep his website going. Please visit to view some of his amazing work.

Papa is greatly missed and will never be forgotten.

On Saturday, May 4, 2024, a graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Waverley Memorial Gardens, 1501 Waverley Street, followed by a celebration of life at 12:00 noon at Living Hope Community Church, 51 Morrow Avenue. Additional parking is available in the shopping centre parking lot behind the church on Niakwa Road.

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon”
~ The Owl & The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear