Herbert Edwin Swanstrom
November 23, 1923 - June 3, 2017
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 Technician’s 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
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,
Herb’s 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.
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
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
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 Herbert’s memory may be
made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the care of the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 144 Salem St. Malden, MA For Obituary: