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Lawrence Osmar Swailes

Born: Mon., Aug. 10, 1925
Died: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 23, 2020
Location: Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Thu., Jan. 23, 2020
Location: Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home

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Lawrence Osmar "Ozzie" Swailes passed away January 18th, 2020 at the
Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie MI at the age of 94.  Ozzie was born August 10th, 1925 to Nathan and Gladys (McBride) Swailes in Sault Ste. Marie MI. He married Carmena Poglese on August 21, 1948 and they were married 54 years until Carm's death on June 4th, 2002.In 1962 Ozzie was the first non-Italian to be awarded full membership into the Italian American Men's Society.  He served as financial secretary for 21 years and house and bar chairman for 16 years.  For years you could find Ozzie in the kitchen helping with banquets and playing cards.  He made lifelong friends there that he treasured till the day he passed.  He was also a member of the Elks Club and St. Mary's Church.  He enjoyed reading every day and watching Matlock and Perry Mason.He worked for Bye Ice Company, Neville's Superette and Callahan's Grocery prior to his career with Poglese Excavating Company where he became a co-owner of the company.Whenever he visited his doctors or paid his bills, he always had a pocketful of chocolates for "the girls." He loved babies and was the most awesome grandpa ever.  He was loved and will be missed by many.  He is survived by his children,Larry (Lori) Swailes of Gwinn and Florida, Cynthia (Dave) Morley of Sault Ste. Marie, Janice (Dave) Yager of Florida, Steve (Xan) Swailes of Grand Rapids, and Chris (Kim) Swailes of Sault Ste. Marie.  As  well as 16 grandchildren, Lynda (Tim) Takalo, April (Richard) Karki, Josh Morley, Brian (Ashley) Morley, Alicia (Justin) Wotherspoon, Jamison and Ean Yager, Olivia, Jake (Elizabeth), Andrew, Sophia, Emma, Liza and Isaiah Swailes, Jessica and Lucas Swailes, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, his brother-in-law Mike Poglese and sister-in-law Eva Babcock, his sister Francis (Tom) Sedor, special niece Pris Swailes and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in death by his parents, wife Carmena, daughter Pamela Wotherspoon and 9 brothers and sisters.  Visitation will be Thursday January 23, 2020 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home.  Funeral Service will be Thursday January 23, 2020 at 4:00pm at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home with Father Sebastian Kavumkal officating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Chippewa County Community Action Senior Meals on Wheels program or the Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste Marie.  Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com


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Diana Mills
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
RIP my friend Ozzie, I will always remember working with you at the hall for all those banquets. Also how you made your daily trips to visit Carm every afternoon. I know she was waiting for you, she was a great lady.

SSam and Marcia Whitee
   Posted Tue January 21, 2020
We will miss you Uncle Ozzie.

Kelly Carstens Bailo
   Posted Wed January 22, 2020
Chris & family,
so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts are with you.


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