Jack Sweiger

Rhody Family Funeral Home

William John “Jack” McKenzie Sweiger was born on January 9th, 1933 in Elderslie Township to Kenzie and Wilmetta (Calhoun) Sweiger. He joined older sister Islay (1924) and was later followed by younger sister Shirley (1934). The Sweiger family resided on the 10th Concession of Elderslie Township, where they engaged in mixed farming. The children attended S.S. #11 before moving on to high school. Unfortunately, the high school had recently burned down and had to be relocated to the Chesley Hotel. How convenient! Jack liked to play pool. Jack’s stay in high school was short, however, as Jack told it when his pants were ink-stained by a leaking pen in his pocket, he decided that his school days were over.  He then began farming with his father - a man he greatly admired and respected.  Over the years they raised a variety of animals, including pigs, chickens, cows, and turkeys. 

It was during this time that Jack’s relationship with Doris Clements really began to take shape. Having first met when attending Sunday School and Bible School, they had known each other since childhood. It was during his teenage years that Jack professed that he was “going to marry that girl” and that he did on November 1, 1952 in the Clements family home in Dobbinton. Once married, Jack and Doris purchased the farm from Doris’ mother and called it home. They welcomed sons Tim in 1953, Ted in 1954, Tom in 1955, Terry in 1956, and last but not least, Todd in 1962. 

It was in 1963 that Jack was severely injured in a car accident. Unfortunately, he broke his back and spent the next four months and four days in hospital. Although the doctors thought he would never walk again they were eventually able to fuse his vertebrae together. After a lengthy recovery period, Jack was able to return to farming and establish a beef farming operation with his wife and sons. 

Jack was not all work and no play. He and Doris enjoyed playing cards with friends and neighbours and square dancing with other couples in Hanover.  Their interest in harness racing took them throughout Southwestern Ontario, and at one point they even owned their own horse named “Clement Hanover”. Jack was known to throw a few bucks down on these races and usually fared rather well. In 1968, they purchased the cottage at Pike Bay where they spent countless days entertaining friends and family. Jack was an avid fisherman. Whenever possible, he and Doris would go out fishing. He loved the challenge of reeling in smallmouth bass and when it came to eating his catch, his favourite line was “perch taste like candy!” For many years, Jack and Doris would also head out from Lion’s Head to go fishing for salmon.  The beauty of the Niagara Escarpment added additional enjoyment for Jack. When not using the boat for fishing, Jack could be found on Pike Bay, teaching his children, grandchildren, and other people’s children how to water ski. Finally, who could forget his love of cards (poker, solo, bridge or euchre)? He absolutely enjoyed winning. During the early years of his marriage, Jack was a frequent participant in the many card games, which occurred at the Dobbinton Store.

As the boys grew older, they worked closely with Jack and Doris on the farm. Business meetings were often held during lunch at the kitchen table where everyone enjoyed delicious meals prepared by Doris. The food was so good that the Sweiger sons would keep details from their spouses. Jack loved his sons dearly and worked hard to instill the values that had been passed down to him. He included them in the decision-making, continually grooming them on the ever-changing landscape that was agriculture. Jack was a pioneer in the industry and led the way by being one of the first individuals to build a slatted floor barn in 1976. It was in the 80’s that he moved away from the Massey brand of farm equipment and began to buy green machines only. Jack’s main passion on the farm always remained the cattle. Eventually, Sweigers sold their cattle and moved into cash cropping. When, at the age of 78, Jack retired from farming, this did not mean that he was totally out of the picture.  On numerous occasions, he helped his boys with tractor work during the planting and harvest seasons. In fact, as recently as last year’s harvest, he drove the grain buggy.

Retirement allowed Jack and Doris to spend more time together and do some travelling. For many years, often spending November into April in the sunny south, they called Florida (mainly North Fort Myers) their winter home. They loved the opportunity to host friends and family there.  As well, they enjoyed travelling on numerous cruises. Upon returning home, once planting and harvest seasons were over, much of their time was spent at the cottage in Pike Bay.

Jack was a hardworking, honest, caring man who was a great listener. He had an excellent memory, was witty, and had a good sense of humour. Other than when he lost at cards, he was generally a happy individual. Jack was extremely proud of his family. He absolutely loved hearing about their successes. He kept a close eye on commodity markets and what was happening on the farm. When not spending time with friends and family he enjoyed taking in a Leafs’ or Blue Jays’ game on TV. In his younger years, he was an active member of the Chesley Curling Club. His other activities included snowmobiling, attending dances with Doris, reading (newspapers, farm publications, history), and listening to music. He was known to like his beef (especially steak) and had a fondness for anything sweet (particularly dessert or chocolate). His drink of choice was Rum and Coke, or maybe a Manhattan.

Sadly, Jack’s health began to give him issues in February 2019 and he was hospitalized in Florida. On May 16th, in Owen Sound, he underwent surgery for gallbladder removal. Unfortunately, complications arose and he died suddenly on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in his 87th year.

Beloved husband of Doris. Loving father of Tim (Pearl), Ted (Connie), Tom (Karen), Terry (Louise) and Todd (Janice). Jack will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Trevor (Leigh-Anne), Tori (Greg), Tina (Cory), Scott (Jessica), Sarah, Tyson (Megan), Tyler, Kenzie (Alyssa), Kayla (Nicole), Karlee (Mark) and great-grandchildren Rachel, Lucas, Connor, Madison, Devin, Lana and Leah. He will be fondly remembered by his sister Shirley. Jack was predeceased by his sister Islay and his parents Kenzie and Wilmetta Sweiger.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will be held at St. John’s United Church, Chesley on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Heather mighton (Dailey)
June 24, 2019
Our deepest sympathy from the Daileys
Kala and John Reynolds
June 3, 2019
Dear Dory and family, we were so sorry to hear about Jack. We read the lovely tribute written in his honor sent through the Raintree chatline. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and that you have our deepest sympathy. God’s blessings to all of you.
James Woods
May 29, 2019
My deepest sympathy at this time to all the Sweiger Families .
Jeff & Bobbi Jo Vandervoort
May 25, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to all of you ...So sorry to hear of jacks passing.....Cherish all the great memories
Leon Ribey
May 25, 2019
I am unable to go to the service and want to send my condolences to Doris and family. My prayers are with them. We had a lot of great times playing cards. He will be missed by everyone.
Karey-Lane Reid
May 25, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the entire Sweiger family during this difficult time.
Leisa and Brad Baker
May 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Leon Ribey
May 25, 2019
I am unable attend the service and want to send my condolences to Doris and family. My prayers are with you. We had a lot of great times playing cards. He will be missed by everyone.
Jack and Ellen Cavill
May 25, 2019
Our sympathy to all of the Sweiger family, your husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather will be greatly missed, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Diane Jones Edwards Anger
May 24, 2019
Oh, Dorie, I am so so sorry for your loss... to you and your family my condolences, forever in my thoughts and prayers. Always be CFW forever and ever... Love Diane
Rodger and Mary Schwass
May 24, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to the entire Sweiger family. Jack will be greatly missed by his family, neighbours and friends.
Arlene Erven
May 24, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the Sweiger family in your loss. Cherish your memories.
Ruth Anne Broadhurst (Gordon)
May 24, 2019
Terry, Louise, Tyson, Tyler, Doris, and family....I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Jack was an amazing man, such a friendly happy man. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Thinking and praying for you all.
Angela Clark
May 24, 2019
I am deeply saddened to hear of Jacks sudden passing. He was bigger than life yet a gentle giant. I have many fond memories and will cherish them.
Jim and Sandy Rackley
May 24, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to the Sweiger family. SLoVHL
Helen Watson ,Harv Monkman
May 23, 2019
Jack understood the proper balance of a work leisure lifestyle. Through his family he leaves a wonderful legacy especially in the field of agriculture. Our sympathies to the Sweiger family.
Ric Swigger
May 23, 2019
My condolences to all of you. I’ve always felt a special connection to my extended Sweiger relatives and a sense of pride in all that you are and have accomplished. Jack exemplified the finest elements of our ancestral heritage, and leaves so many of those admired qualities in his surviving families. My thoughts are with you.
Doug and Chris Fischer
May 23, 2019
Sending our sincere condolences to the entire Sweiger family. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
Eldon and Judy MacKinnon
May 23, 2019
Doris and Family, our sincere sympathy to you in the passing of
Jack. Love and Prayers, Eldon and Judy MacKinnon
Brent and Cheryl Leifso
May 23, 2019
Our sympathy is extended to the entire Sweiger family. May you find peace during this difficult time.
The Hesch Family
May 23, 2019
We send our deepest condolences to the Sweiger Family. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

Kelly, Chris, Kylie, Kassie & Connor
Stephanie McCartney (van der Meer)
May 23, 2019
Karen and Tom - My sincere condolences to you both and your family. Thinking of you.
Wally and Val Harvie
May 23, 2019
Trevor and Leigh-Anne, Rachel and Lucas, Deepest sympathy for the loss of your grandfather!
Susanne Leifso
May 23, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Sweiger family! What a legacy & lots of great memories to cherish! May GOD bless you all with HIS LOVE!
Janet Currie
May 23, 2019
Terry, Louise and Family
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad.
I am thinking of you and praying for your entire family.
Larry & Betty McLeod
May 23, 2019
Our sincerest condolences to all the Sweiger families at this time. Jack was a fine man. Rest in peace"Jack".
cheryl wilson(Speer)
May 23, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My condolences to the Sweiger family. Thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
Joe and Sally Lance
May 23, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the entire family. We were so lucky to have known him. We will miss him greatly. God bless and comfort all of you.
Bob and Susan Byers
May 22, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences. Prayers for comfort and strength in the difficult days ahead.
Catherine Krause
May 22, 2019
Condolences to Ted and Connie and the rest family . From Herb Dawdy and Catherine Krause Dawdy .
Karen (Reaburn) Tenbergen
May 22, 2019
Our sympathy to all the Sweiger family.
Wanda & Rick Shedlowich
May 22, 2019
Tim, Pearl & family, thinking of you at this difficult time.
Bob & Diane Murphy
May 22, 2019
To Doris and the entire Sweiger family - we are so sorry for your sudden loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Peter and Sally Hulsman
May 22, 2019
Dear Dorie, Tom, Karen, Scott, Sarah and Sweiger families, please know that our deepest sympathy and our love are with you. Jack was always so welcoming to us. He was a kind person with a great sense of humour. We will miss him.
Dale and Carole Woods
May 22, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sweiger family during this difficult time. May your memories sustain you. Sincerely, Dodey and Carole.
Gene and Bonnie Bracken
May 22, 2019
To Dear Dorie, we are so sorry for the hurt in your heart with the loss of Jack. To Tim, Pearl, Todd, Janice and children and grands, your loss of a father, grandfather and mentor goes deep. We are sending condolences and know he will always remain a part of your heart.
Polly and Brad Barnes
May 22, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We would love to be there and hug you all.
God be with you.
Tim and Mary Lou Smailes
May 22, 2019
Deepest sympathies to the Sweiger family. Jack will be missed
Herb Klaehn
May 22, 2019
Jack was wonderfully supportive in assisting a person in the community who desperately needed financial support. I remember him driving to the Chesley manse and opening his wallet. Jack will be greatly missed. My sympathies to the whole family.
Melissa Barfoot
May 22, 2019
My sincere sympathies to the Sweiger families at this difficult time. Share the good memories as you grieve.
Ralph and Cheryl Kothe
May 22, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Sweiger family on the loss of Jack. He was truly a great man and will be missed immensely. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Trish and Bob Tibbo
May 22, 2019
To your whole family, we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Lyndsie & Ryan Greig
May 22, 2019
Thinking of your family during this time. Hugs to all of you
Doug & Brenda Calhoun
May 22, 2019
Hugs to the entire family. He will be missed by everyone you knew him.
Marguerite Thomas and Bob Kellington
May 22, 2019
Dear Karen and Tom, So sorry for your loss. Lovely to meet them at your retirement party. Our condolences.

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