1926 – 2014

FARMINGTON — Lauriston “Larry” Erlon Swett, 88, a resident of Edgewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Farmington, where he had been a resident for the past three years, went to be with his wife, Gladys, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 22.

He was born in Wilton on July 15, 1926, the third child of John and Mildred (Riggs) Swett. He grew up in Jay and when he was 18, he joined the U.S. Army. He served as a technician in the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, during World War II. He was a member of the VFW Post 4298 in Dexter and was very proud of being a World War II veteran.

On Nov. 15, 1946, he married the love of his life, Gladys E. Demont. In 1958, he moved his family, Gladys and daughter, Peggy, to Dexter, where he and Gladys worked and both retired from Dexter Shoe Co.

He was a very hardworking man and even after retirement, he had a woodworking shop where he made Adirondack-style lawn furniture, rocking chairs, straight chairs, love seats, wishing wells, bird houses and more. He loved his woodworking shop.

Larry also loved to go fly-fishing. Every Memorial Day weekend for years, he and a group of his friends went up to Horse Shoe Pond in Greenville and they always came home with a cooler full of freshly caught brook trout.

After retirement, he and Gladys enjoyed taking their camper all over New England and Canada. He and Gladys moved to Jay in 2009 to be closer to their daughter and her husband, Larry. In their earlier years, he and Gladys enjoyed going snowmobiling with friends, playing cards and having parties at their home. Gladys passed away on Jan. 25, 2011, after 64 years of marriage.

He is survived by his daughter, Peggy and her husband, Larry Carr, of Livermore; grandson, Jason Carr; four great-grandchildren, Lynsey, Courtney, Breanna and Ethan; brother, Glendon Swett, of Wilton; sister, Nathalie Jordan, of Wilton; Durwood Swett and wife, Maxine, of Jay; and a very special friend, Jody Therrien, of Jay.

He was predeceased by his sister, Roberta Thurston; sister-in-law, Shereen Swett; and brother-in-law, Orlando “Shine” Jordan.

Messages of condolence may be sent to www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

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