Steven Alan Swarts


Steve, at age 61, passed peacefully in his sleep, with family at his side on April 21, 2021.  Predeceased by his father Gerald Swarts, Steve is survived by his mother Barb Swarts, former wife Sharon Tattersall, and he will be lovingly missed by their children: Keri-Ann Swarts (John), Laura (Chris) Keeler, and Derek (Amanda) Swarts.  Steve was a Grandfather to eight and had one great granddaughter. Steve is survived by his siblings Janice, James, Tom (Patty) and Sandra Swarts (Mike).
Steve was known for many things; his love of fishing, golfing, and also many sports teams in his younger years.  He was looked up to by many, and not just because of his height.  His work ethic was something to be admired, and will be missed by his friends at TST Overland.  His favourite way to unwind included a cold beverage and swimming.  Steve liked to keep up a tough guy act with sarcasm and a great sense of humor; even up to his very last days, he kept his family and nurses laughing.  Although giving off a tough vibe, he was a giant teddy bear and a 'gentle giant', with a love of all animals and feeding his birds and squirrels. 
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.  Memorial donations in Steve's honour may be made to VON Sakura House directly or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock Ontario N4S 3V8 entrusted with arrangements.  Messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at

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  • Love you grandpa

    Keenan oshea
  • To the Swartz family:So sorry to hear of the passing of your brother and son.Cherish the good memories of your brother. Thinking of you.

    Kim Gilchrist
  • Sharon, we are very to hear of Steve’s passing. Our sincere condolences go out to you and all your family.

    Don and Joanne Neil
  • My deepest condolences to the entire Swarts family.

    I met Steve at Overland Express, Kitchener when I was just 17. Steve literally taught me everything I knew. He taught me how to drive a forklift, how to handle freight and how to load a trailer properly. When I turned 18, Steve brought me out to the yard and showed me how to drive a truck. He taught me how to back up a trailer into any spot and what to do and not to do. Steve was such a mentor to me. We would all hang out after work on Friday night and have a beer, before parting ways and meeting back up on Monday for work. I left Overland when I was 23 after 6 years long years on the dock. It was because of Steve that I got my next job driving truck where I stayed for 18 years. I owe Steve a huge debt of gratitude.

    He was an amazing human being, who had patience for everyone. Always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was kind enough to ask about me all the time, when he saw my brother and father at Overland in Mississauga. Steve touched so many people and will be missed dearly by all. May he Rest In Peace.

    Corey Somerton
  • Rest in Peace my Friend.

    Stan Brooks
  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. He was a great friendly neighbor. His family are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

    Brenda and Steve D'Entremont
  • my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your Dad

    linda scott
  • Steve was a well respected brother in law.

    Craig and Pattyann Tattersall
  • Steve was always an upright guy. Living out west we didn’t see much of him but he was always friendly when we did. We last saw him at his former mother-in-law’s funeral in 2012. He was always supportive of her and her sister to which we will be forever gratefull.

    Bob and Jackie Underhill
  • Taken way too soon! Our condolences to the family and know we are thinking of you! Rest in piece Steve!

    Margaret and Tim Palmer

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