Michael Thomas Swol

March 16, 1974February 11, 2021

After a long and well-fought battle, Michael Thomas Swol is finally resting peacefully. Born on March 16th, 1974 in Rochester, NY, Michael embraced the St. Patrick’s day spirit and liveliness throughout his life and always loved that the world always threw a parade for him the day after his birthday.

His larger-than-life spirit captured the heart of his surviving wife, Winter Swol, and she remained by his side for over 22 years. While preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and his beloved dog Fezik, his youth ensured that at his passing on February 11, 2021, there are many who will mourn the loss of his light for a very long time.

Beyond his wife Winter, Michael is survived by his adoring niece Taliya; his amazing parents, Lawrence and Kathy Swol; his brother and family, Steven and Caysi Swol; nephews, Matt and Lane; his godmother Sue Olas; his loving in-laws Debra, Summer, and Carl; many other aunts, uncles and cousins; and a plethora of friends who kept his social calendar full.

Following COVID guidelines for attendance, the family will have a visitation to remember Michael on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at McEwen Myers Park, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC. The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Michael is also leaving behind his amazing dog Chui, although Winter is appreciative that Chui will remain by her side. Michael was a force of nature with a large heart who loved everyone. He will eternally be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Michael's memory.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 13, 2021


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Lawrence Swol

February 17, 2021

Will always cherish our time together

Clarissa and Kevin Vaughan

February 16, 2021

May your memories of Michael bring much comfort and joy...sending sympathies, love, light, and peace...🦋

Chris Blettenberg

February 14, 2021

Winter, I’m so saddened to hear about Michael. He was a truly good person with a good heart. I enjoyed having lots of laughs, good competition playing pool at EB’s, and sharing many, many drinks (which lead to all those laughs). I hope you take great comfort knowing that Michael will be missed and that he had a wonderfully positive influence on those who knew him. My heart goes to you and your family, and may you know peace.

Angie (Cole) Henry

February 12, 2021

Winter, I remember first meeting you and Michael on that camping trip out in the woods when y'all introduced me to bocce ball. Great memories of snow days and t-st porch sitting. Sending my love.
xo, Angie

Matthew McGaha

February 12, 2021

Michael is my Brother through our membership and experiences on the Blue Ridge Rifles Drill Platoon at North Georgia College. Those were priceless days. When the intensity of our training was turned off Michael was always laughing or just providing light. He was a great Rifle and a great Brother...even if he did stab me with a bayonet once. It was an accident. I'm gonna miss you, Swol. God bless your soul and BAGATW!

Brian Garrett

February 12, 2021

I had the privileged to know Michael as "Swolbert" when he was a freshman at North Georgia College in 1992-93. He was a member of the drill team, The Blue Ridge Rifles, and I was his squad leader (as a sophomore). The Rifles held high standards, and Mike exceeded every one of them. It's so true that he had such a big heart. Swol was an amazing dude, and we were so lucky to know him. This photo was taken in the spring of 1993 after the Parents/Alumni Weekend performance that we did. Swol had just earned that blue & gray cord a couple days earlier. Such a fine young man.