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Allison Jean Swan

April 20, 1995 - February 16, 2020

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Allison Jean Swan
April 20, 1995 – February 16, 2020

It is with an ache in our hearts that the family of Allison Jean Swan announces her unexpected and tragic passing on February 16, 2020. She was 24 years old.

Allison was born in Vancouver and her family moved to Nelson when she was two months old. She considered herself fortunate to have a home base in Nelson throughout her life. She is survived by her Mom, Heather Kennedy, her sister, Caitlin Swan, her brother, Alex Swan, her Grannie Shirley Swan, and by her aunts, uncles and cousins. Allison was predeceased by her Dad, Andrew Swan, in November 2017.

Allison was raised on a small acreage in Blewett where she had many friends– both human and animal. Allison always had pets, and she was especially fond of animals with short legs. She introduced her family to the wondrous world of guinea pigs and dachshunds which resulted in many years of companionship from members of each species! Not to mention the multiple cats, dogs and horses that benefitted from Allison’s love and care.

Allison was intelligent, fun-loving, adventurous, and courageous. In class she was bright and enthusiastic, excelling in math and chess, and renowned for her funky hats! She had a unique outlook on life and challenged social norms. Throughout her life, Allison had a constant foundation of unconditional love and support from her family and her close-knit childhood friends. True to her determined nature, Allison fought hard to make positive choices. In 2017, she travelled to Australia to spend time with her Mom, and last summer she enjoyed travelling in Europe with friends. Allison had several countries she planned to visit in the years to come.

Allison continued on her path of success when she enrolled in and excelled at the Educational Assistant program from which she would have graduated in May 2020. She was excited about imminent possibilities for rewarding work and a fulfilling future. Allison’s family and friends are deeply proud of her commitment to never giving up on becoming her best self. Allison enriched our lives with her radiant smile, her kind nature, her wonderful sense of humour, and her gentle spirit. Allison was a bright and beautiful spark. She was a beacon of hope and promise to all who knew and loved her. Words cannot express how much she will be missed.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the first responders at BC Ambulance, Nelson Fire and Rescue and Dr. Sparrow who attended to Allison at the scene. We would also like to acknowledge the dedication of many individuals and groups who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of young people in our society.

There will be a memorial for Allison at the Taghum Community Hall on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 2pm.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association.

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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jeanne Hunter
Relation: Family friend

What a beautiful, kind and gentle light Allison brought to this world. We honour how much she was loved and we know how much she will be missed. I will remember Allison’s sparkling eyes, beautiful smile and her love of wonderful hats. To Heather, Alex, Caitlin and your loving family, I am so sorry for your loss.

From: Leah Nelson
Relation: Through my dear friend

Heather and family, heartfelt condolences… So sorry for your loss

From: John Dooley

Very sorry for your loss

From: A. Vinson

Dear Swan Family,
My condolences for your tragic loss of Ms. Allison Swan. From your gracious words, it’s clear: she was a lovely, kind, smart, young lady. Particularly, adorning was her love for short legged animals. I love animals as well, even had and enjoyed a short-legged one – a ferret named Elmo. Allison seemed to be someone anyone would have enjoyed meeting. To lose a loved one is difficult in itself. To have that as the result of a sudden, tragic incident adds to the pain.

From: Pastor Jim Reimer
Relation: Friends with the Andrew

My heart and prayers are with you at this most difficult and challenging time. Your loss is unfathomable by human standards. May special grace and strength be imparted to you all as you navigate through the this challenging and troubling times.

From: Rose Anderson
Relation: Friends daughter

Heather, Caitlin and Alex, you are all our thoughts and prayers. Allison was a such a sweet shining light and I have fond memories of her gentle and kind spirit. Wishing you all comfort and peace.

From: Felicity Blaiklock
Relation: My children, Charlie and Tessa, went to school with Alison, Caitlin and Alex

Holding you all close in our thoughts. There are no words to adequately describe the sorrow.

From: Ann McDonnell

I am so terribly sorry to hear of Allison’s passing. Wrapping you all in hugs and love, Ann Mac

From: Raina Gardner

Our family is thinking of you all and sending love.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
February 29, 2020
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Taghum Community Hall

There will be a memorial for Allison at the Taghum Community Hall on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 2pm.

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association.

Thank You Notice

We would like to extend our gratitude to the first responders at BC Ambulance, Nelson Fire and Rescue and Dr. Sparrow who attended to Allison at the scene. We would also like to acknowledge the dedication of many individuals and groups who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of young people in our society.

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