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In memoriam
October 19, 2022

Dr. John Graham Swanson


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Graham Swanson.

Graham graduated from Western University's medical school in 1971. He served as a family physician in Burlington, Ont., for over 40 years, then switched his focus to palliative care after retirement. He was an associate clinical professor in the department of family medicine at McMaster University. Graham taught family medicine to many residents entering family practice. In 2004, McMaster University recognized him as the Jerry Cohen teacher of the year. In 2007, he was awarded family physician of the year for Ontario and Canada. He was a member of the Halton Diabetes Coordinating Committee and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network, Regional Palliative Care Network.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Lydia; siblings, Elspeth (Malcolm) Sinclair, Barbie (Kingsley), David (Laurie); children, Gillian (Mike), Andrea (Stephen), Lynley (Wayne); grandchildren, William, Violet, Alison, Hannah and George; and several nieces and nephews. He was a cherished part of his extended family and leaves behind countless friends, colleagues, college and high school alumni, and choir mates.

Graham was a poet, academic, author, Drag Lake enthusiast, punner, serial toaster, reader, Zoomer, traveller, laugher and life celebrator.

There was no distance he would not travel at any given moment to show up for a friend or family member in need. He lived his motto, he always looked on the bright side of life.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington Royal Botanical Gardens or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.