Mary Swerdfager, beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully in her sleep on Mother’s Day, just days before her 88th birthday. Mary is survived by three of her four children, John and Kathryn Robertson (and husband Ross Crawford), and Ann Swerdfager (and husband David Collier), and by her grandchildren Michael Robertson, David and Jonathan Woolley, and Danielle Robertson. She was predeceased by her son Paul Robertson in September and by her husband, Bruce Swerdfager, in 2007. Her first husband, Howard Robertson, died in 1957. Mary was the proprietor of Mary Swerdfager Realty in Stratford for 20 years and was a pioneer in the world of real estate. One of few women licensed in 1964, she began her career with Forbes and Robertson. She quickly made a name for herself in the business, becoming one of the first women to be president of a real estate board in Canada. She was selected by Canada Trust to become a founding broker as the company ventured into the real estate industry, and after establishing that business moved to Hiller Realty for many years. She treasured the friendships she forged with her fellow salespeople, her staff, and her clients, many of whom became lifelong friends. Mary is also survived by her brother, Tom Huston, nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom adored her. Thank you to her doctor, Ken Hook, and to all of her caregivers who made her feel like caring for her was more of a privilege than a chore. Friends and relatives may call at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 2:00-4:00p.m. and 7:00-9:00p.m. The Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. James Anglican Church, 41 Mornington Street, Stratford at 10:00 a.m., Reverend Canon Dr. Lorne Mitchell will officiate. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to St. James Anglican Church through the funeral home. (519)271-7411
Thursday, May 14, 2015
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
W.G. Young Funeral Home

Funeral Service
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
St. James Anglican Church
41 Mornington Street
Stratford, Ontario

Avondale Cemetery
4 Avondale Avenue
Stratford, Ontario

St. James Church Parish Hall

Memorial Donations
St. James Anglican Church

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