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A Knight in Shining Armor

Bill Swanson, who filled rooms with his distinctive laugh and charismatic smile, soaked up every aspect of life and built countless friendships along the way. He was a relentless giver to the love of his life, Michelle, and his two step-sons, Tyler and Nicholas. Bill and Michelle met at Turner Construction, where he had worked for 32 years. He constructed buildings the same way he lived life — with dedication, positivity, and enthusiasm.

Bill and Michelle were married on June 11, 2016, after a blissful 11 years together. Shortly after their wedding, Bill was diagnosed with stage IIIb colon cancer at age 52, which later metastasized. Even in waning health, Bill always lived life with the glass completely full, and he was forever an optimistic person. A resident of Warrington, Pennsylvania, Bill was highly involved in Philadelphia-area community organizations. To Michelle, he was a knight in shining armor. 

Bill died on January 19, 2017, at age 53, from respiratory complications associated with his colon cancer treatment.

“Listen to your body, pay attention to little signs. Be an advocate for your health and if you have an illness, take the time to heal. Had he gotten a colonoscopy when he turned 50, maybe the outcome would have been different. Colorectal cancer is treatable if caught early.”

-Michelle Swanson

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