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Herbert Edwin Swanstrom

November 23, 1923 -  June 3, 2017


 Herbert E. Swanstrom of Arlington passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday morning, June 3, 2017, in the Aberjona Nursing Center, Winchester, MA. Lillian, his loving wife of 42 years, was by his side. Herbert was born in Malden, MA on November 25, 1923, and was one of seven children of the late Swan S. and Ida M. (Johnson) Swanstrom. He is survived by his sister, Anna M. Richter and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ruth E. Maxwell, Clarence W. Swanstrom, Eric R. Swanstrom, Carl B. Swanstrom and Ralph A. Swanstrom.

Herb was raised in Malden and attended Malden public schools, graduating from Malden High School in 1941. He then attended Northeastern University where he studied mechanical engineering. After three years at Northeastern, Herb joined the Navy and served two years between June 1944 and June 1946, attaining the rank of Electronics Technicianís Mate Second Class. After being honorably discharged, Herb went back to school at Northeastern and graduated in the top 20 of his class with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed by Factory Mutual Engineering & Research Corporation which would later become FM Global. He served as Senior Staff Engineer for twenty years and taught engineering classes to new employees of the company. Herb stayed with the company for 42 years where he eventually became an Engineering Specialist. He was an active participant in technical societies and provided guidance and advice on loss control engineering problems. Herb retired in 1989.

In his retirement, Herb enjoyed a variety of activities with his wife and friends. He played golf and spent time gardening at their home in Arlington. For many years, they participated in round dancing groups and were members of the Minutemen Squares, a square dancing club in Lexington, MA. In addition to these activities, he loved to travel. In 1957, Herb purchased land in Wakefield, NH where he had a one room cabin. Over many years, Herbís brother-in-law, Larry Richter, with some help from Herb, built a beautiful seven room cottage. Herb always enjoyed hearing the deer thrashing through the woods and the calls of the loons on Pine River Pond.

After their retirement, Herb and Lil began spending three months of the year in Sarasota, Florida where they made new friends and continued to pursue their interests in golf, square dancing and sight-seeing, as well as enjoying visits from their friends up north.

Herb was an active member of Masonic Bodies, holding several roles including Past Master of Mount Vernon Galilean, AF and AM, Past High Priest of the Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle, Past Master of the Melrose Council of Royal and Select Masters, Past Commander of Beauseant Commandery #10 Knights Templar, York Cross of Honour and Past President of Malden Masonic Association.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Service in the Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Herbertís memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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