Thursday, May 03, 2012

Class of ' 66 classmate Mark Swanson dies at 64

STOW, New York - The Jamestown Post-Journal reported this morning that classmate Mark Swanson died this morning.
LINK: Story in PJ about Mark
Here is the story, too:
  STOW - A Stow man was killed when his car drove off Stow Ferry Road nearly 40 feet into Chautauqua Lake at 5:43 a.m. Thursday.
Sheriff's deputies report Mark T. Swanson, 64, of Stow may have suffered a medical condition before the accident. He was driving east on Stow Ferry Road when he drove through a barrier onto the Stow Ferry and then 40 feet into the lake. The car was submerged in about 4 feet of water when rescue crews arrived.
  Ashville and Bemus Point volunteer firefighters responded to the scene with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department dive team.
  They got Swanson out of the vehicle and took him to WCA Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    I have not had any communications with Mark in many years, but remember him well. He was good guy when we were struggling our way through high school. And in retrospect, a very kind individual, too.
    I pulled the photos below from our SWCS Class of 1966 yearbook... There are lots of other photos in there of Mark, too. The one of Mark racing against Vern Ahlgren is a classic.
    When services for Mark are announced, I will post them there.