Saluting our Chairman – JACK SWINIMER

Updated: April 12, 2014

It has been a year since my father Jack Swinimer's passing and not a day goes by that he isn't in my thoughts.  His words of advice, his never ending support, his wonderful way of looking on the bright side are what lessens the immeasurable void.

Me & Daddy Game 2 bloody sock game (3)This year has been filled with a great deal of goodness and for that I am grateful.  I'm certain it's because he's watching out for me and whispering words of encouragement when I need it... cheering me on as I go.

I know there are more than a few of you, who like me, believe he indeed had a hand in the Boston Red Sox winning the world series this past year.  There's no doubt about it.

I am constantly reminded of his impact on my friends and family, and I'm ever so thankful for the stories you have shared.  We are united in having crossed paths with my father during his lucky we have been!

Sure do miss him though and will continue to everyday. sb



Posted: April 15, 2013

On this site that celebrates the great people of Atlantic Canada – it is with deep sadness that I post of the loss of one of the greatest.

On Friday, April 12, 2013 my father, Jack Swinimer passed away.

He was without exception the best daddy a girl could ever ask for. Always supporting me in all my many endeavours – always providing sound advice – always cheering the loudest. His pride in me was only equaled by how proud I was to call him my father. Indeed I was blessed.

He was an amazing man! I sat with him the night before he died and it was a lovely honour to  remind him of all his many accomplishments... from his over four decades with Scotiabank, to his time with Uniplast Industries, from managing my music career to being Chairman of the Board for Sea and be Scene, to being our Ace Sport Reporter for the St.John's IceCaps here on the site, and on and on – his resume is long and varied and wonderfully impressive.

He was often stopped by folks who recognized his name and voice from his frequent radio calls to the phone-in shows...he loved that 😉

He was a strong believer in environmental responsibility and worked to get political and industry leaders to be just as vigilant.

Jack Swinimer with Ted Williams at The Red Sox Fantasy Camp

His love of sports was stellar too – he was a tournament winning golfer, hockey player and curler. And ask anyone about his affinity for the Red Sox... that was a life long commitment that included time at their fantasy camp, relocating to Florida for Spring Training and even being there for the Curt Schilling (bloody sock) world series game. What a thrill that I could be there too. Being beside him for that incredible game in Boston was just about as special as it gets. I'm hoping now – from his new position - he can guide the team to a World Series victory once again.

Everybody loved my Dad.
He was always positive, always giving, always kind and always smiling.   He treated my Mom like gold and when it came to my brother and me – there wasn't anything he wouldn't do to make us happy.

Ask anyone who had the great fortune of meeting him and they'll tell ya – he was the finest kind of fella. So many of you have written or called to say just that already and I thank you.

I still can't believe he's not here with us anymore – but I've gotta believe he'll always be with me. I know the principles he instilled over the years guide me now and will go on doing so.  I hope he'll watch over me and keep on cheering. I will always want to make him proud.

Jack Swinimer Captain of the Scotiabank hockey teamBased in Holyrood, NL – there will be a funeral mass for my father here on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - then during the first week of May a memorial service will be held back in his native Nova Scotia.

If you wish to join in the celebration of my Dad's life – please feel free to post a note or fond memory in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading this and next time you raise a glass - do me a favour and toast the most wonderful East Coaster that ever father - Smilin' Jack Swinimer.


  1. Stephanie, I was so sad to receive the phone call from Mom on Sunday letting me know that your Dad has passed. He was such a gentle and loving man, and it was clear to everyone that his family meant the whole world to him. I am remembering a time at your parent's house when (big) Jack and my son (little Jack) were together trying to figure out how the wii worked; I was amazed at your Dad's patience, loving kindness and fantastic sense of humour. Much love to you all during this difficult time.

    Comment by Diane Hawco — April 16, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  2. Stephanie - I didn't know your dad but, I do know that he made one stellar daughter. That, alone, is testament to who he was. Thinking of you and your family.

    Comment by Leah — April 16, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

  3. Stephanie,

    So sorry for your loss

    A nice tribute to your Dad which showed your love for him.

    Stay strong. remember the good times of the past and look forward to the good times in the future.

    Comment by Steve Ashby — April 16, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  4. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad SB, I know what the special bond is between a dad and his daughter. Just know he will always be watching over you (and out for you). Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Comment by Leanne McDougall — April 17, 2013 @ 2:54 am

  5. Big love to you.
    There will never be another Smilin' Jack, but you know that he will be smiling down on you always

    Comment by kel — April 17, 2013 @ 8:47 am

  6. So sorry for the loss of your father, Stephanie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He would be so proud of you, please continue this for him. Keep your head up! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Danielle — April 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  7. As you know Stephanie, I met your Dad many times and had some very interesting discussions with him on numerous occasions. You already know this but without a doubt, he was your biggest supporter...always. RIP Jack.

    Comment by Tom Tompkins — April 17, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

  8. Stephanie,a great tribute to your Dad !! He will be remembered by his great smile & much more !! May God bless you & all your family.

    Comment by Cathy Keating — April 17, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

  9. Hi Stephanie
    My parents sent me this link and your beautiful tribute brought me to tears. Although it has been years since we've been in touch, I want you to know I am thinking about you and your family. I used to tag along with my parents (Phyllis and Dick) to your place in Orillia to visit your parents and what I remember most about those visits was how very welcoming and fun your dad always was. I know my parents really missed your parents when they moved east but over the years they often share fond memories of their friendship. Sending my thoughts and prayers. Mary Lisa Sheridan

    Comment by Mary Lisa Sheridan — April 17, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

  10. Stephanie,
    It is with immense sadness that we learned of your fathers passing. You tribute to him was very moving.
    Please share our condolences with your family.
    Pat and Olaf

    Comment by Olaf and Pat Skjenna — April 18, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

  11. SB:

    On this day, know that smiling Jack is smiling down on you and the sidekick and I so think of you often as we I still get to smile with dad, not sure how much longer, but I learned from you to appreciate every minute with him here beside us. And you sure have your dad's spirit. LOVE AMC

    Comment by Anne Marie Clune — June 16, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

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