From The Chocolate Press - June 19, 1926:
“Few men will leave a record of faithfulness to their families, their business, and their community as did John Swift, whose death occurred on Friday June 4th, at his residence 112 Central Ave., a record which leaves a lasting influence, not only upon those of us, who were associated with him in the business world, but upon all those who came in contact with him.
“’Uncle John,’ as he was generally known in the community, lived a wonderfully active and full life. He was born in Horton, King’s county, Nova Scotia, July 4, 1850. At the age of 18 he came to the United States and settled in Milton. On November 9, 1869, he was hired by the late Henry L. Pierce, then owner of Walter Baker & Co. For several seasons Uncle John took men to the farm of Mr. Pierce at Ponkapog to gather his hay. It was here that Mr. Pierce saw his ability as a leader and put him in charge of the then new Sweet Chocolate Department. Mr. Pierce’s judgment was correct, as Uncle John played a great part in the development of this side of the business. His department was always a model of cleanliness and activity. With all the years of regular routine he remained progressive, and possessed a great initiative to carry out his ideas. Nor were Uncle John’s interests confined wholly to the Plant. He was a Republican, and a member of the Republican Town Committee. He served many years as registrar of voters, was on the Warrant Committee, and during the World War Period was Fuel Conservator, and a member of almost every Liberty Loan, Red Cross and other War Work Committee. He was a Mason, A member of Macedonian Lodge, Dorchester Chapter, and the Joseph Warren Commandery Knights Templars. He was also prominent in the Odd Fellows, being a Past Master of the Dorchester Lodge. He was Vice President of the Shawmut Co-operative Bank.
“Uncle John was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary Thompson of Prince Edward Island. He later married Charlotte L. Morton of Centerville, Digby county, N.S., who survives him. He was the father of ten children, of whom nine survive. They are Mrs. Walter Hebberd of Wellesley Hills, Mrs. Hattie M. Bater of New York City, John O. Swift of Dorchester, Russell Swift of Milton, Mrs. Warren H. Duley of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Frederick Ames Coates of Wollaston, Miss A. Hazel Swift of Washington, D.C., D. Morton Swift of Milton. There are sixteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild.”