Born on MAY 15, 1947 in MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY
Departed AUGUST 27, 2022 in INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA
THOMAS WOODFIELD SWENSON, BORN OF LOIS KUGELMAN AND LAURENCE SWENSON IN MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY ON MAY 15, 1947, DIED UNEXPECTEDLY AT HIS HOME IN INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA, ON AUGUST 27, 2022, AT THE AGE OF 75. TOM IS SURVIVED BY MARIE SWENSON, HIS WIFE OF 21 YEARS, HIS SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW, NANCY AND CHUCK COE, OF CALIFORNIA, AND HIS SISTER, KAREN AND KEN BROWN, IN PENNSYLVANIA. TOM ATTENDED LEHIGH UNIVERSITY, MAJORING IN BIOLOGY WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON ENTEMOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY AND DELIGHTED IN ANNOUNCING THE LATIN NAMES OF INSECTS THAT CROSSED HIS PATH. TOM WAS A CHEMIST AND SALESMAN FOR PERKIN-ELMER, MANUFACTURER OF BIOCHEMICAL INSTRUMENTS. HIS SPECIALTY WAS HIGH PERFORMANCE CHROMOTOGRAPHY. TOM’S HOBBIES INCLUDED FLY-TYING, FLY-FISHING, GARDENING, POLITICS, BOTH FORMULA 1 AND NASCAR RACING, AND BIRD WATCHING (PARTICULARLY A FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD CARDINAL). ALSO, TOM ANA MARIE ENJOYED WATCHING SCREECH OWLS RAISE THEIR YOUNG IN A NESTBOX HE BUILT AND EQUIPPED WITH NIGHT CAMERAS. TOM WAS A DEVOTED, LOVING, AND SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND. A BRIGHT, FRIENDLY, CHEERFUL PERSON, HE MADE FRIENDS EASILY AND EVERYWHERE, MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS OVER MANY YEARS WITH CO-WORKERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. HE IS AND WILL BE VERY MUCH MISSED
from Austin wrote on September 7, 2022:
Marie, I am so sorry for your loss of Tom and how painful this must be for you and your family. I am broken hearted to know he is gone. He was such a wonderful person, a mentor, and a humble friend. You know that Tom was one of my first mentors and it felt like he was always there with a shoulder hug and smile and chuckle every single time we worked together, crossed paths at trade shows, or spoke on the phone. He loved you so much. You and Tom both were there for me in spring of 2000, especially, and I have not forgotten our long phone conversations and your guidance through a very hard time in my life. I wish I could be there for you right now. Please know I am praying for you because it is the best way I know to support you.
Love to you,
from Hamlet, NC wrote on September 4, 2022:
I miss you Tom, already. You were my special wingman, always helpful and so giving. My heart is broken. May you rest forever in God's loving embrace. Till we meet again...
Marie, you are on my heart and in my prayers. God is holding you now, walking you through your pain. Know that the group is here for you, please come see us when you are ready. Tom was loved by all of us and we love you too! Be well.
from malabar, fl. wrote on September 4, 2022:
marie.. I can hardly believe I'm seeing this..I am so sorry for your loss..I've so enjoyed seeing Tom come in the door. He was always happy and smiling... we will surely miss him..I will be praying for you Marie.. sending love and hugs.. Toni Policano