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Gillian R. Swart


August 14, 1953-November 18, 2017


   Gillian R. Swart, 64, of Malden (also of London; St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados; Clio, MI; Flint, MI; Boston; Newburyport, MA), died unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. A lifelong traveler, writer, and journalist, she worked for publications including East Village Magazine, the Newburyport Current, The Boston Globe, and the Malden Observer. She spent her later years surrounded by family, felines, and her beloved garden.

   She is survived by her father, Fred O. Swart of Gloucester; sisters, Sarah J. Swart (Victor J. Semensi) of Gloucester and Helen R. Mazarakis (Philip J. Mazarakis) of Malden; brother, Myron J. Swart of Gloucester; siblings including Peter, Miller, and Rachel St. John of Barbados; and David Arthur and Dawn Homann of Barbados; and nieces and nephews, Michael C. Semensi of San Francisco, Alexandra C. Mazarakis of Quincy, and James A. Mazarakis of Malden. She is predeceased by her mother Elizabeth M. (Lanigan) Swart of Gloucester; birth father Eric St. John of Barbados; siblings Freddie and Sadie St. John; and niece D. Elizabeth Semensi.

   A Memorial Service will be held in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden, on Wed., Nov. 22, 2017 at 11AM. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tues., Nov. 21st. from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bread of Life ( or the Live Like Becca scholarship fund ( For obituary & directions:



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