Alma Bezanson1

F, #7463, b. 27 March 1921, d. 25 February 2015
Father*Samuel William Bezanson2 b. 7 Mar 1892, d. 1975
Mother*Mary Elizabeth Whalen2 b. 1901, d. 1982


Oran C. Swinemer b. 1917, d. 1975
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Alma Bezanson was born on 27 March 1921 at Springvale, Nova Scotia.3,2 Her full name was Dorcas Alma Bezanson.2 She married Oran C. Swinemer.2 Alma Bezanson and Oran C. Swinemer had seven children.2 Alma Bezanson was buried in St. Andrew's United Church, Elderbank, Nova Scotia.4 She died on 25 February 2015 at age 93.3

     Obituary, 26 February 2015:
Swinemer, D. Alma – Age 93, a long-time resident of Elderbank, passed away on February 25, 2015. Born March 27, 1921, in Springvale, Colchester Co., she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Whalen) Bezanson. Alma was known for her beautiful handiwork, as well as her love of music, playing the guitar, organ, and accordion.

She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Lacey (Mel Douglas), Faye (Glenn) Fenrick, Juanita Swinemer (Eugene Barry); her sons, Eric (Ruth), Malcolm (Kate); 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances, Joan, Karen and Freda; brother, Harold; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Oran; her son, Emerson; her daughter, Betty Isenor; granddaughters, Judy Lacey and Tasha Miller Browning; brothers, Willie, Ervin, John, Douglas, Lorne; sisters, Eileen, Vera, two sisters in infancy.

Visitation will be Friday from 7-9 p.m. and funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m., both in St. Andrew’s United Church, Elderbank, Rev. Dr. Linda Yates officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Elderbank Cemetery.

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses of palliative care in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.3

Census Summary


Census, Residence

Census1921Alma Bezanson appeared on the census of 1921 in the household of Sarah Jane Creighton at Upper Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.5
LivedAlma Bezanson lived in Bible Hill, Truro, Nova Scotia.2
Lived1998She lived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in August 1998.6
Last Edited29 Oct 2018


  1. [S935] Carolyn O'Connell, "Bezansons in North America - Mary Elizabeth Whelan (#i1060)", e-mail message from e-mail address to John Cardinal, 29 October 2018.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 183.
  3. [S680] D. Alma Swinemer Death Notice, Arimathea Funeral Cooperative (Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia), accessed 26 February 2015.
  4. [S626] Bob Hegerich, Cemetery Records of Halifax County, St. Andrew's United, Elderbank, Stone #217, Bezanson, Dorcas Alma, "Swinemer, Oran Carlton B. 1917 D. 1975 Bezanson, Dorcas Alma B. 1921. "
  5. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Upper Stewiache, West and Village, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 41; Page: 5; Lines: 39-46.
  6. [S467] Lunenburg County GenWeb, "Lunenburg County Obituaries", 30 March 1998, Samuel William (Bill) Bezanson.