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Bruce Godfrey Swaine, age 80, died peacefully at home on December 25, 2019. He was born on November 2, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, the eldest son of the late William Godfrey Swaine and Mary Louise (nee Rosvall). Beloved husband for 57 years of high school sweetheart, Marian J. Swaine (nee Slater); Loving father to Karen Swaine (Michelle Buckham), Melanie Swaine (Richard Wolf), and Rebecca Rios (Jairo). Cherished “Grandpa” of Jairo (a.k.a. Porter), Addison, and Elia Rios, and brother and brother-in-law to the late Dennis Swaine (Betty).
Bruce established his real estate company 40 years ago and was a fourth generation St. Louis businessman. He earned both a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. at The University of Oklahoma where he was in the Sigma Chi fraternity.
In the 1970s, Bruce began racing cars as a hobby until 1996 when he was injured in a racing accident. He determinedly overcame this obstacle by learning to drive a wheelchair-adapted vehicle, which allowed him to continue successfully operating his real estate business for more than two decades after the accident.
As a young man, Bruce was involved in Boy Scout Troop 17 along with his Barnes family cousins. Bruce lived his life according to the Scout Oath and Scout Law. It was a proud day when his grandson became an Eagle Scout.
Bruce will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, cherished grandfather, and friend to many. He was a thoughtful man and an excellent conversationalist – kind and considerate to all he met.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Brentwood Congregational Church, 2400 S. Brentwood Blvd. A reception will follow. Messages to P.O. Box 410618, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forest Park Forever, 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112 or a charity of your choice.
The family is grateful to the loving caregivers and to Mercy Hospice for their excellent care and professionalism allowing Bruce to remain at home