Dear friend and deeply spiritual man
( posted: June 17, 2008 )
Robert John "Bob" Swantak born January 29, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA passed away May 1, 2008 in a kayaking accident on the Connecticut River. He was born to Robert Andrew Swantak and Helen Marie Wright Swantak.
He was survived by his wife and business partner Holly Young, his brothers, Michael and Andrew Swantak, three children, Barbara Swantak, James Swantak and John Swantak, a stepson, Ian Crawford, and two grandchildren Caleb and Caitlyn Swantak.
He served for four years in the Navy during the Vietnam years.
Any human is more than the simple facts, and that is never more evident when speaking of Bob Swantak. Bob loved and he was loved. The caveat that he was not a perfect man even seems a little silly in speaking of him. Hed be the first to point out that a human being is nearly always perfectly Self. Certainly Bob behaved in a way that tended to be true to soul, for Bob was a deeply spiritual man. He did a great deal of teaching and healing work for the American Society of the Dowsers and was best known for his Quiet Knowing lectures.
Bob loved growth and creation. He made his living making beautiful jewelry with River Spirit Designs for the past twenty years. He became widely known and respected in the crafting community as a member of Vermont Handcrafters. He loved gardening and the flowers surrounded his home in the summertime. He especially loved Irises, the flowers of the spiritual realm.
His love of growth and creation was never more apparent than his love of his children and grandchildren. Free time often found him at the river side with his family skipping stones, playing with the children, laughing at antics, and teaching them things both big and small.
He loved nature in general, and the Upper Valley in particular, once commenting that Theres something about these mountains that reach out and take you in. He loved rivers, seeing his wife in many ways as its spirit. Being out on a river, exploring its mysteries, and sharing them with his family and loved ones was a great joy to him.
While his love of kayaking and the river may seem ironic, on a deeper level, it was not. That source of joy was what he returned to in the rounded whole of his life.
His Life Celebration Service at the Bradford Academy Building auditorium 1:00pm June 28th.
(posted: May 3, 2008 )
We learned last night of the tragic disappearance of our dear friend Bob Swantak on Thursday. He left the Bradford boat landing to take a short trip across the Connecticut River to gather fiddlehead ferns and his kayak and life preserver vest were found drifting in the river several miles south later that same day. An intensive search by air, land and water was made at that time and all day yesterday, Friday, with no clues or signs that he had made it to shore. The search continues at a slackened pace at this time.
Pam stopped to see Holly last night after learning about his disappearance. She has great support from family and friends, is doing amazingly well and was most grateful to have us tell all the dowser friends this sad news. So for now that's something we can do and all of us can send her and hers all the love, energy and prayers we can muster. As many of you know personally, Bob is a very special and wonderful man. Our hearts are sore, this is truly a tragic and shocking event. If anyone feels moved to dowse for Bob's whereabouts, please do and contact us with results. We will relay the information on to Holly who will give it to the proper people. She says they will gladly accept it. For obvious reasons it would be good not to try and contact her directly with it as she is pretty overwhelmed with this situation already. Thank you all for your support and we will keep you posted.
Blessings, Arvid and Pam
( posted: May 21, 2008 )
This is a follow-up to our message of 5/3/08 about Bob. He was recovered on Sunday morning May 18th on the NH side of the Connecticut River near the very spot toward which he was heading on that Thursday May 1st when he disappeared. While it is good to have this closure for Holly, it does make it so final and begins the whole grieving process again for her...indeed for all who knew and loved this special man. One dear friend sent us a message saying this but adding, "Bob is flying with the angels and smiling down on us wherever he is"....how beautiful and how true...thank you,Sybil. There is to be a celebration of Bob's life in Bradford, VT at the end of June. We will send more details about that soon. In the meantime let's continue to support Holly, Bob's children and grandchildren and his close friends and family with our continued love, prayers and healing energy.
Blessings to all, Arvid and Pam