Geoffrey Michael Swift


July 20, 1935 – December 12, 2013


Geoff was born in Perth, Western Australia. After serving time in the Australian Navy he emigrated to Canada at the age of 19. He went to Revelstoke where he was a surveyor for the building of the TransCanada Highway through the Rockies. He married Joan Ludwig and they had two sons, Darren and Scott. 

Geoff had a varied career as a restauranteur, a realtor and many years as a jewellery designer in Gastown. He moved to Salt Spring Island in 1983 and became the Manager of Windsor Plywood. He subsequently set up his own construction company, Geoff Swift Construction Ltd., and has to his credit the building of Moby’s Marine Pub, Creekside on McPhillips and many custom homes on the island. Geoff was a very creative person and had an incredible sense of design.

Geoff leaves behind his first wife Joan, his sons Darren of Vancouver, Scott of Revelstoke, grandson Marcus, his sister Barbara of Australia, his niece Julie and nephew David. Also missing him is his friend and partner of 21 years Dianne as well as her daughter Lianne and grandchildren Tara and Aidan. Geoff had many friends who visited him often in Braehaven—a thank you goes out to all of them. A very special thank you to Damien Brazier who was so caring of Geoff and helped him in so many ways, not only before his illness but in the past few months while his illness diminished his quality of life. Thank you also to Dr. Kalf and to Anastasia of Lady Minto.

A memorial service will take place in the new year. An announcement of the date will be published.

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