Frederick Ranstead Swan

1936 - 2023

Frederick Ranstead Swan passed away on 2/4/23 at his home in

Salemtowne Retirement Community. He was born 9/2/1936 to Lorenzo

and Alice Swan in Elmira, New York. He would often say that

12/24/1961 was the best day of his life. On that day, he married Joan.

They shared 60 years together which included “Fred” (as he was known

to all) obtaining his Doctorate in Political Science and raising 3 boys.

Fred was known for his love of a good political debate, a chess game,

and a cold beer with a hot dog.

He leaves behind three sons, Mike (Linda) Swan of Jamestown, NC,

Mark (Edwinna) Swan of Madison, NC, and Roderick (Keri) Swan of

Wake Forrest, NC. He has 15 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Salemtowne for their care of

both of their parents during their final years. They also wish to thank

the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston Salem for their

faithfulness in visiting and providing intellectual stimulation to their


The family plans a private memorial with scattering of ashes at a later date.


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