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Linda Alice Swinwood

17 February, 19455 November, 2020
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Linda Alice Swinwood (Carnell) age 75, of Halifax, passed away peacefully on November 5th, 2020 at the Halifax Infirmary after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Born in Halifax she was the daughter of Reginald Carnell and Vera MacInnes.

Linda was a proud alumni of Mount Saint Vincent University, graduating with her Master’s Degree in Education in 1992. She was also a well-known educator in the Halifax Regional District School Board prior to her retirement in 2004. Linda took special pride in being an active member of the Rockingham Heritage Society and the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS). She enjoyed Symphony Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, Jazz Vespers at Bethany United, and being an active participant her book club, bridge club and so many more informal social gatherings. Linda loved to travel and spend time with her friends over a good meal and a bottle of wine. Enjoying the water views around the Maritimes gave her particular joy.

Survived by her daughter Jennifer Swinwood (Jeffery Gaul), cousin Carol Collins (Wayne), godson Todd Collins (Kim) and Brian Collins (Cathy).

Memorial service will be held on Saturday November 21st, 2020 at 2pm at JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. (Rules of COVID restrictions apply and masks are required.)

Special thanks to Dr. Jonathan Gale and Dr. Christopher Green at the QEII Health Science Centre, Dr. Holly Zwicker at Crossroads Family Practice and the entire staff of Unit 4.1 at the Halifax Infirmary. Also many thanks to all those friends and family who provided care and support during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QEII Foundation, Cancer Care Unit or Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.

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Rob Shields

27 November 2020

Jennifer and family
I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. As neighbours growing up in Allen Heights, she was always so accommodating to Chris and I – I have such good memories of playing in your driveway (especially baseball – first base was the tree, second base was the puddle, third base was garden rock!) – I think we may have smudged your garage door a couple times or threw a basketball too hard and it wound up on the roof patio – she was always understanding and kind to us. She also trusted me to the easiest babysitting job ever – taking care of you! (bonus: I got to watch hockey on TSN after you went to bed). Finally I remember having her as a teacher once (as a substitute in Grade 6 – I remember her being a great teach but I think we had a number of troublesome kids as I also remember her confessing later on that she asked that she never have to teach our class again).
Especially of late, she has been a great friend to my Dad, who will miss her terribly.
My sincerest condolences Jennifer – thinking of you all

Greg MacKenzie

23 November 2020

Dear Jen and Family,
Please accept our sincerest condolences. We were so sad to hear about Linda passing away.
She was a wonderful woman and we really enjoyed seeing her as a patient at our practice. We enjoyed talking about books, travel, and updates on Jen. It was always nice to get her "reviews" on the local restaurants as well.
Linda was a great lady and we will all miss her. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time,
Dr. Greg and Mrs Clare Mackenzie

Judith and Trent Reid

21 November 2020

Dear Jen,
We send our condolences; you have lost your Dad, Lena and now your Mom. We enjoyed her service today, the Minister really captured Linda as a much loved, intelligent woman who adored you! You have Jeff to lean on as well as Jean, family and friends.
It has been a long time since we have seen your Mom; we never missed exchanging Christmas greetings!
In closing, knowing your Mom, she probably left you lots of lists. You can tick off her memorial service as being true to her life.
Much love to you,
Judi and Trent

Michele Bortolussi

21 November 2020

To Jennifer and family,
Please accept my condolences,
I have joined you at Linda’s service and I think she would have approved. It was a beautiful service.
We were able to collect our thoughts and think of her and remember what mattered to her.
I am a book club friend who will really miss her insight, her intelligence and her humour.
Our book club will not be the same without Linda but I know that her presence will be always be felt by all of us.
Michèle Bortolussi

Jane Sedgwick

21 November 2020

Hello Jen,

I am a friend of Linda's, a fellow member of her book club. I did not know her well but have one fond memory that I want to share. Shortly after my husband died suddenly a few years ago, Linda called and took me out for lunch. It was a very kind and supportive act to someone she knew only as a member of a group. BTW, as I think you can imagine, she enlivened our group greatly with her often acerbic, pointed commentary on our current book and her input on our general discussions on life and living. My condolences and best wishes to you and Jeff.

Jane Sedgwick

Janet Beckwith Matthews

21 November 2020

My memories of Linda go back many years. Linda and I met when we started Dal together. She lived very close to me and she and Pat Whitman and I drove into into Dal from Birch Cove together because Linda had a car...a very cold Volkswagen which complained about having to work in the winter.
Linda was always the most organized person in the world. Jen told me she had a to do list for her just hours before she died. Her organization and intelligence were bolstered by an incredible work ethic which propelled her toward an outstanding career in education and to countless contributions to her community. But Linda also didn't suffer fools easily and she was pretty clear about her opinion, whether she wanted to be or not. Linda really couldn't tell a lie. On the other hand if Linda loved you, she loved you steadfastly.
After I moved to BC we lost touch though we always sent Christmas cards. Even though we didn't see each other nearly as often as we should, we tried to get in touch when I was in Halifax and each time we met is was as if no time had passed at all.
Linda was a very special person and I will miss her.
Best love to Jen and Jeff.

Jeanette MacLean

21 November 2020

I'm one of the Mount girls that met over the last 57 years. Linda was always front and center with great stories of her adventures and travels and of course, her daughter. She was a great hostess and very proud to say a dear friend. I'm attaching a picture that was taken last December 2019 when our group met for lunch.

Sheila Richardson

20 November 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your mother, Linda, and I were close friends at the Mount Academy. We continued to touch base for over 50 years at MSVA luncheons and significant reunions. I so enjoyed catching up on all her news and sharing stories. I will miss her.
Sheila Richardson

Cathy MacNeil Partington

20 November 2020

Linda and I were classmates at the Mount Academy and also both from Rockingham . I will dearly miss our annual lunches with our other classmates and friends . She was a wonderful person and my sincere condolences to her family . Cathy

Carol Cameron

20 November 2020

Dear Jennifer
So many memories--piano lessons, festivals and recitals; our Florida adventure together; Neptune Christmas events; birthday parties; school productions; the many extended breakfasts your Mom and I shared; her eye rolls, side glances, dry wit, and her unmistakable laugh! Such good memories!
May your special memories and the special relationship you had with your Mom be of comfort to you, Jen. Our sincere sympathies to you and Jeff, from the Camerons.