Paul Lawrence Swanburg served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and participated in the war effort. He is entitled to the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service medal with the clasp denoting 18 months of active and volunteer service at war for Canada.
He was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia in 1927. His father was Angus Mckay Swanburg and his mother was Margaret Swanburg nee Corbett
1930 United States Census: He is listed as living in Hapeville, Fulton, Georgia.
July 27th, 1943: He was hired as a Mess Boy on the S.S. Point Pelee Park in Halifax. He arrived in New York on August 6th.
October 3rd: He arrived in New York, U.S.A. from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the S.S. Colbron. He was employed as an assistant-cook. He lied about his age when he was hired, he said he was 18.
May 5th, 1944: He was hired as a Utility Boy on the S.S. Leaside Park. He was 5’10” and weighting 140 lbs.
May 27th: He arrived in New York, U.S.A. from South Hampton, United Kingdom.
October 13th: He arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii from Enewatak Island on the S.S. Leaside Park.
April 1st, 1945: He arrived in New York, U.S.A.
Medals attributed to Paul Lawrence Swanburg
December 15th, 1947: He left South Hampton to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Aquitana. He is listed as a seaman
April 1st, 1948: He sailed on the ship Argofax from Rotterdam, Netherlands to New York, U.S.A.
April 13th: He was hospitalized in New York, U.S.A.
The ship was supposed to sail to Antwerp on April 24th.
Picture of Paul Swanburg
1951: He married Lillian Jean Dalley
1962-63: He is listed as living at in Brighton and he is a tax collector
1965: He is listed as living at in New Minas and he is a tax collector
1972: He is listed as living in Kentville and he is a Fire Inspector, probably for the Kings Mutual comp.
He was also a former member of the New Minas Village Commission, serving through the mid 1970’s and 1980’s. He was also very active on the Village Water Commission and he owned Swanburg Insurance for many years.
From 1995 to 2011 he was living at 1005 Roy Ave, new Minas, Nova Scotia, in 2000 the town changed its name to Kentville and again in 2001 it amalgamated to Annapolis Royal.
August 11th, 2010: His wife Lillian Jean Swanburg nee Dalley passed away in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
August 6th, 2011: He died at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Obituary: “Paul Lawrence Swanburg – 84, of New Minas, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Shelburne, he was a son of the late Angus and Margaret (Corbett) Swanburg. He had been employed as a fire inspector with Kings Mutual and later owned and operated Swanburg Insurance for many years. He served with the Merchant Marines during the second World War and for his service he received the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. He was a former member of the New Minas Village Commission, serving through the mid 1970’s and 1980’s. He was passionate about various New Minas park projects and the New Minas Water Commission. He enjoyed maintaining his home and property. He is survived by his children, Terrence “Terry” (Faye), Ontario; Perry (Shelley), Steam Mill; Gary (Marie), New Minas; Sherry, New Minas; Sally (Bill) Wallace, Wolfville; Shelley (Richard) Clayton, Fredericton; a brother, Karl (Phyllis), Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Lillian Daley; three sisters, Margaret Fisher, Julia Griffin and Dr. Joyce Millett; a brother, Dr. Angus Swanburg. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. There will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Reverend Doctor Randy Crozsman officiating. Burial will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.”
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