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Joel Christopher Swanson

January 7, 1978 - May 17, 2020

Joel Christopher Swanson, age 42, of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 7, 1978, he was the son of Darrell K. and Janet Y. (Whitehead) Swanson. Joel last worked as assistant general manager of Deer Park Tavern. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports and movies. Joel was an avid reader who loved listening to music and spending time with friends.

Joel is survived by his parents, Darrell and Janet Swanson.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services and interment will be held privately at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joel’s memory to Delaware Christian Campus Ministry Foundation, 91 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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19 Condolences for Joel Christopher Swanson

  • Sending Mr. and Mrs. Swanson a humongous virtual hug!! Our most sincere condolences and heart felt sympathy are with you all.
    Love always, Lori and Mark

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joel and Lisa! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing
    Of Joel and Lisa. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • So sorry for your loss…Joel was very kind and he was a great friend to me. I moved down to Delaware and started a job at Catherine Rooney’s and I loved my shifts with Joel…he always made me feel like I had a friend in him at a time I really didn’t know anybody…I moved back to ct in 2015 but we talked almost daily ever since I moved back…it’s strange not having him to talk to…he was a great friend and a wonderful person and I have so many memories that will always be with me when I need a good smile…

  • Joel, we shared a best friend, and had many adventures together along the way. You were one of those rare friends who was also family, and people like that aren’t easy to find. That’s why it’s so hard to lose you.

    You always had a sharp mind, a ready retort on your lips, and something witty or wise to say, in every situation. Now that your tongue is stilled, I wish I could find that quality in myself, to say a proper and worthy farewell.

    I will keep our last talk in my heart. I’ll spend the rest of my days thinking about all the things I might have said to you. I did get to tell you that you were good people, and I hope you remembered that in your last days.

    Big Joel, you had a big heart. You were always a true gentleman. And that is how you will live on in my memory, always.

  • Joel – you will always be remembered. I am eternally grateful for the way you Showed us how to celebrate life.

    Robert J Walls

  • My deepest and heartfelt condolences rest easy Joel

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Joel touched so many of our lives and he will never been forgotten!

  • I was truly shocked to hear of Joel’s passing and I would like to send my dearest condolences to the family. Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, you are in my prayers. Joel was like a big brother to me too when I was growing up. He was always there to either help us get away with stuff and sometimes to rat on us, but he could always be counted on for some good, brotherly advice. He will be missed.

  • Joel was an avid Civil War historian, I am so sorry to my friends Darrell, and Janet.. and the loss of Lisa must be so hard.. Love to all

  • We am so sorry to hear of the passing
    Of Joel and Lisa. Lisa was special in the heart of my wife Patti.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincere condolences from the Spellman family.

  • Darrell and Janet,
    Like so many, my heart is broken for you. You both have impacted my life is wonderful, positive ways through the years. You always lift my heart when I see you. I pray for your hearts to be lifted now.


  • What a shock. We always enjoyed talking with Joel. He was a great guy. Our prayers go out for Jane, Darrell, and the entire family in your loss.

  • Sorry to hear about your loss. Daryl & Janet Swanson, and Jade Suba, Dena Manning and family. Will be praying for all. Love ya Billy & Darlene

  • I’m so sorry for the loss. Joel was a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor, and always fun to be around. You will be missed.

  • We have special memories of Joel being in our church’s junior high youth group. Bible studies and camping trips were among Joel’s favorites. Relationships with others was a priority with him and he always had just the right words at just the right time. We were very fortunate to have him as part of the group. Precious memories.

  • So grateful to have known Joel from the beginning. Wonderful parents…
    Living so far away I missed being a part of his life. Janet and Darrell your
    Wonderful Christian family will hold you close and God has you under the shelter
    Of His Wings.
    Praying for you with love in my heart.

  • Joel was my one of my first managers at Delaware Park in 2006. Though I only worked with him for a few months, his impact has always stayed with me. Seeing him go on FB has also been an inspiration. I can’t thank him enough for being who he was. RIP Joel- Andrew Charlton

  • Dear Janet & Darrell: I didn’t know about Joel & Lisa passing away in 2020, until today. Very sorry for your family.