Terry Joe Swann, 73, passed away at home on November 28, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and sister. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, he was the son of Josephine (Nelson) Swann and the late Oliver Swann. He graduated from Portland High School and received a BA in criminal justice from the University of Maine Portland, in Gorham. 10 days after graduating, Terry joined the Army Security Agency for 4 years, maintaining a Top Secret Crypto Clearance. He served in Vietnam for combat support of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in the Tay Ninh Provence and then farmed out to 5th Special Forces on top of Nui Ba Dinh. He also served in the 9th Infantry in Bearcat base camp and fought in Operation Gadsen, Operation Enterprise with the 4th Infantry and Operation Junction City Phase One with the 196th.
Terry was a Maine State Trooper stationed in Troop F in Houlton in 1970 and in 1976 was assigned to the greater Augusta area, particularly Randolph, Chelsea and Pittston. He also worked for Portland Gas & Light and the Portland Post Office.
Along with his wife, he served as a Eucharistic Minister for the Diocese of Springfield, most recently at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, and as a volunteer for Mercy Medical Center.
He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Carole (Cartmill) Swann of Springfield, MA; his mother Josephine Swann of Swan's Island and Orono, ME; his daughter Carla Swann of Windham, ME; his step-sons Sean O’Connor and his wife Hallie of Pooler, GA and Cody O’Connor of Savannah, GA; his brother Russell Swann and his wife Donna of Windham, ME; his sister Susan Sargent and her husband William of Trenton, ME; nieces Elizabeth Levasseur of Hudson, ME; Colleen Cummings of Lamoine, ME; and Natalie Sargent of Trenton, ME; his nephews Russell Swann, Jr. of Raymond, ME and Andrew Swann of Windham, ME; his grandsons Cameron Maroux, Danny Burns, Jr. and Michael Burns; his great-granddaughter Ella McVane and many other family members and friends. He was predeceased by his father Oliver Swann; a daughter Jacqueline Swann and a brother Steven Swann.
A public walk-thru visitation will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 9-11am at Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services, 15 Ludlow Ave., Springfield MA and then proceeding to St. Catherine of Siena Church for a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12pm. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Baystate Hospice, Disabled American Veterans, or D’Amour Center for Cancer Care. For additional details or to express online condolences, please visit www.nowakfuneral.com.
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Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice
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Disabled American Veterans
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D'Amour Center for Cancer Care
280 Chestnut Street, Springfield MA 01199