Cornelius Swanton Jr.

May 8, 1977February 19, 2021

Cornelius was born and raised in Hicksville, NY the youngest of three children of Cornelius Sr and Irene Dreyer Swanton. Living in NY, the family started summer trips to Rangeley, Maine when Neil was 6 weeks old. Enjoying many summers at the Terraces the family purchased their second home when Neil was 7. As an adult would choose Rangeley to be his home. Neil had a love for life and experiences. Neil enjoyed playing many sports through his life including skiing, snowboarding, water skiing and knee boarding, golfing, ice and roller hockey, snowmobiling, biking, and shooting. He was an avid lifelong NY Giants, Ranger, and Met’s fan. He enjoyed the bittersweet victories of the underdog teams and was always hopeful for their next season. Neil learned to play the drums at first as a child then as a young adult. He played in a band in NY and assisted with the Tom Ball Band of Rangeley, Maine. Neil always excelled at the things he enjoyed. Neil was an avid movie fan as well and had a large collection of them.

He enjoyed traveling with his family on cruises as well as trips to California, Florida, Nevada, and Mexico. For a time, Neil drove an 18 wheeler across the country seeing all of the continental US and parts of Canada. Being on the road made him homesick for Maine where he settled in Rangeley. Here he worked as a propane technician and was able to pursue his hobbies and enjoy the beauty of the area. He is known for his drives through town with his faithful dog Bo barking like a siren as he drove through town. Everyone knew who it was and some gave a wave as they drove by. He had many friends here and always was there lending a helping hand to those in need, even when he himself was in need. These friends would help look after and help Neil in his final months. The family is so grateful to everyone who was there for him when we could not. The family would also like to thank his very good friends Anthony Lanzilotta, Mike Flewelling, Lisa and Jon Krach, and Kevin McGarvey for their support and friendship through the years, you guys rock!

Neil will most be remembered for his HUGE heart. Always there to help anyone in need, even complete strangers he met on the street he would take into his home. His sense of humor will be missed by his family as well. Neil is predeceased by his grandparents, sister Mary, Uncles Robert and Richard Swanton, Uncle Ernst Dreyer, his Aunt Mary Swanton, and his number one fan, his dad Cornelius Sr. He is survived by this always supportive and loving mother, Irene Dreyer Swanton. Two supportive and loving sisters, Jean Schieck and her husband John of E. Northport, NY and Alison Mason and her husband Stan of Portland, Maine. His nephews Michael Schieck and Owen Mason as well as his nieces Kristen Schieck Bushur, Colleen Schieck and Hayley Mason. His aunts Mildred Dreyer and Constance Swanton as well as many cousins.

The family would like to thank the kind and considerate staff at Franklin Memorial hospital in Farmington, ME. Especially Dr. Torgersen for her knowledge and compassion which was very much appreciated. Services will be private due to COVID-19 and restrictions associated with. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to St. Luke’s catholic church in Rangeley and to donate blood which was needed in Neil’s final days.


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Cornelius Swanton Jr.

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Sharon Dingfelder

March 28, 2021

I am shocked and saddened to learn of Neil's death. My heart goes out to his dear mother, Irene, as well as to his sisters and their families. Please accept my deepest condolences. He rests in the arms of the peace.

Stephanie Lewis

March 27, 2021

My heart goes out to Irene, Allison and family.
I have wonderful memories of Neal I’ll carry in my heart always.
Oh Neal, you allowed the world to get in your way. Rest in eternal peace my friend 🕯

John and Mary Russell

March 21, 2021

We are so sorry to hear such news about Neil. We were neighbors and we remember our Sons Patrick and Kevin playing with Neil in our backyard. Neil used to like swinging on a rope we had hanging on our tree, as the boys played with trucks in the dirt. Neil did like rock music and one year dressed up for Halloween as a "Rocker", wild hair and all ! !.
Neil and his Dad will be in our prayers along with Irene, Jean and Allison.
John and Mary Russell, Sayville, N.Y.

Angela Giacalone

March 18, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to the Swanton Family. Neil had a huge heart and such a great sense of humor. I’ll always remember when we went to California, the whole family in the early 90’s and it was so much fun. I will cherish that and so many times hanging out at your house. Always made me feel like part of the family. My prayers will continue, so very sorry for your loss ❤️🙏

Debbie Bonsangue

March 17, 2021

I remember when he and my son Andrew were young living in Hicksville always playing together in the yard, bike riding or just hanging in the park across from my house. They were both alike in many ways and got along famously. I can remember this like it was yesterday💜my sincere condolences to his family 💜