Alan Frederick Swanstrom

January 8, 1951November 8, 2018

Alan (Al) F. Swanstrom, 67, passed away peacefully on November 08, 2018 with his family at his side. He found perpetual fair winds and following seas.

Having been born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Al was an avid Packers fan. He was also very proud of his father’s Swedish heritage and recently connected with his Swedish relatives.

Al was an IBMer for over 30 years and traveled worldwide in various roles. During his career, Al was granted several patents. After retirement, Al dedicated his time to public service, including serving on the Town of Cary Planning Board, Wake County Planning Board (Chair), and North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Throughout, Al was a tireless volunteer for Triangle Wine Experience and Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Al was the architect of his life and many things of beauty. He was happiest sailing and diving with his family, woodworking, working on his cars, designing a new technical solution and spending time with the “Coffee Gang.”

He was an officer of the Triangle Bailliage de North Carolina of the Chaîne de Rotisseurs and a past Maître of the Triangle NC Chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux. Al shared his knowledge of wine and passion for culinary arts with friends in both organizations. He was a great host and welcomed friends into his home.

Al is survived by his loving wife and friend of 41 years, Pamela Mason Swanstrom and his two children, daughter Jesica Anne Swanstrom (partner John Haughie), Geoffrey Alan Swanstrom, and brother Tom (wife Nancy) Swanstrom.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cary Theatre, 122 East Chatham St, Cary, 27511, for friends and family to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, the SPCA of Wake County or the Triangle Land Conservancy.

The family extends a special thanks to the staff at UNC Hospitals for their stellar care and compassion. Also, Al’s family would like to encourage everyone to become a registered organ donor.

Arrangements are being made by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home.


  • Al is survived by his loving wife and friend of 41 years, Pamela Mason Swanstrom and his two children, daughter Jesica Anne Swanstrom (partner John Haughie), Geoffrey Alan Swanstrom, and brother Tom (wife Nancy) Swanstrom.

  • the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, the SPCA of Wake County or the Triangle Land Conservancy


  • A Celebration of Life Monday, November 19, 2018

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Perry Woods

November 19, 2018

Pam and family. Thank you so much for sharing Al and his big heart with all of us. A compassionate, giving man who put others before himself. Our community will be so much emptier without him. My and Kristine's deepest condolences.

Julia Rudy

November 17, 2018

My heart is saddened by the news. Our community, and especially the Town of Cary, has lost one of its great advocates. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Al on the Town of Cary Planning and Zoning Board. Please know that your family has my deepest condolence and you all are in my prayers.

Phyllis White Phelan

November 15, 2018

Ohhhhhhh Pam and family. I am so sad and shocked. Of course, the most important memory is the bet we made about who would get pregnant first at our wedding in May of 1983. Of course, Jeremy came first, and you won the bet. Pam, if there is anything I can do, please let me know. My home not too far from Charlottesville, VA, is very cozy. It is #341841 on homeaway. I offer it to you for free any time you might want to escape. I will make sure Ken gets word of this great loss. Love always, Phyllis ps., 540-447-0963

Jon Rufty

November 14, 2018

What a great person that will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Septina Florimonte

November 14, 2018

Heaven has gained an angel. I am deeply grateful to have known this great man. Anyone who met him can tell that he was such a good man . You will always be the gentle breeze in the air. May your sweet soul sleep on and take your rest. You will be missed . His family is ever in my thoughts and ardent prayers.

Septina Florimonte

Doug Parsons

November 13, 2018

My heart breaks for you, Pam, and for your incredible family. Al was, by definition, a class act, in every way. A true friend, a consummate professional and a kind person, Al... may you rest in peace for eternity. May we meet again, over an incredible glass of wine, in heaven. ❤

Ruth Merkle

November 13, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was such a dedicated public servant, volunteer, friend and husband and father. I got to know him when he served on the Cary Planning and Zoning Board, and later when he ran for the North Carolina House. I loved his sense of humor! Pamela, my heart breaks for you.
Love to the family,
Ruth Merkle
Cary, NC

John Burns

November 13, 2018

I was so deeply sorry to hear the news of Al's passing. It has been such a pleasure to work with him in so many capacities. He was a joyful and giving man who was a true servant-leader for his community. My deepest condolences to Pam and your entire family. May the Lord rest you and keep you.

I will miss him very much.

John Burns
Wake County Commissioner

Howard Manning

November 12, 2018

To the family and friends and Mr. Al Swanstrom,
Please accept our sincere sympathy during your time of bereavement. We are so grateful that Al saw fit to benefit Dorcas Ministries by sharing his time, talent, and treasure with us. Al gave us some very good advice on our fund raising video two or three years ago and enlisted the services of his son-in-law to enable us to take fund raising to the next level. Al was truly an example of a person showing their faith through their deeds. May you find comfort in the words of John from Revelation 21:4. Let us know if we can b e of assistance in any way.

Howard Manning and The Dorcas Ministries family.