Elsie Helen Swinnerton, age 96, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Walpole Healthcare in Walpole, Massachusetts. Born in New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada, on August 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late George and Florence (Hare) Waye. She was raised in New Castle, receiving her formal education in the one room schoolhouse and her practical education on her family's farm. As a young woman, Elsie pursued her cosmetologist's license, taking a position as a hairdresser in a local salon. As World War II began to escalate, Elsie took a job with Northern Electric in Montreal, assembling radios for the men overseas. Her attention to detail was quickly noticed by her manager, who promoted her to the position of inspector, ensuring every radio that left the factory was built to exact specification.
After immigrating to the United States of America, Elsie made her home in Dedham, Massachusetts, where she loved spending her weekend evenings dancing at Mosley's on the Charles. One night, while at Mosley's, Elsie met her husband to be, William James Swinnerton, when he asked her to dance. They were married during the spring of 1954, in Dedham. The couple made their home together in the small suburban town of Sharon, Massachusetts, where Elsie enjoyed taking care of her home, yard, and gardens, growing both flowers and vegetables. While living in Sharon, Elsie took on the role of a homemaker, raising and caring for her two sons, Blair and Bradley. She was a wonderful mom to her boys, making wonderful meals in her kitchen to feed them and using her skills as a seamstress to ensure their clothes were in perfect order.
Beloved wife of the late William James Swinnerton.
Loving mother of Blair Swinnerton and Bradley Swinnerton both of Sharon.
Sister of the late Marion Matchett, James Waye, Lenwood Waye, Ronald Waye, Myles Waye, Gerald Waye, Boyd Waye, and Blair Waye.
At the request of Elsie's family, all funeral services will be private, with interment taking place in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton.
Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.