Rev. Dr. Yvette Swan

Obituary of Rev. Dr. Yvette Victoria Angela Swan

It is with great sorrow, that the family of Rev. Dr. Yvette Victoria Angela Swan announce her passing on the Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the age of 75. She was born in Jamaica the daughter of two school teachers, Rebecca Emily and Webster Wellesley Lewis.

Yvette studied at the Paddington Technical College (now the University of Westminster) in London, UK and the Aston University in Birmingham, UK where she studied Optometry; she then with her husband, Malcolm moved to Bermuda and had an optometry practice.  Yvette was the past president of International Business and Professional Women’s Association and Project 5-0, an alliance of five women professional organizations, Yvette was also a past Senator and Minister in Bermuda’s government. Yvette decided to leave her Optometric Practice and move to Canada to study Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology where she received her Masters in Divinity. While her sons were her pride and joy, Yvette was a powerful voice for social justice, especially the empowerment and equity of women.  She was a woman of great passion and dedication and served tirelessly at various levels of society.  Yvette began her ministry at St. Paul's United Church, Riverview, NB and transferred her membership to the congregation and was ordained by the Maritime Conference in 2015.  Yvette served the Nashwaak Pastoral Charge for the last seven years, at a spiritual level, thus fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a pastor. 

Yvette is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Malcolm; sons, Malcolm, Dene and Dane; daughters-in-law, Nicci and Kim; grandsons, Elliot and Daniel; grand daughter-in-law, Stania; many other relatives and her congregation at the United Church of Canada Nashwaak Pastoral Charge.

A Funeral Service by invitation will take place at York Funeral Home’s T. Gordon MacLeod Memorial Chapel on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2 pm with Rev. Steve Berube and Rev. Dr. Kelly Burke officiating. The public are invited to attend via webcast, please follow the provided link to sign up to watch CLICK HERE Interment will be held in the Taymouth Community Cemetery.  For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Taymouth United Church. Personal condolences may be offered through



Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Thursday, May 6, 2021
York Funeral Home's T. Gordon MacLeod Memorial Chapel
302 Brookside Drive
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
(506) 458-9538


Taymouth Community Cemetery
2144 Route 148
Taymouth, New Brunswick, Canada
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