The longer you knew him, the more you were glad you had met him. He leaves behind no complaints, his three children Michael, Joan and Susan, those who married into his little kingdom – Joan’s husband Gerard and Michael’s wife Yone – his grandchildren Katie, Shaun, Colm and Gabriella, his brothers Patrick and David and their children Mark, Brian, Kevin and Cathy. His early efforts failed, however, because the vacuum pumps of those years could not remove enough air from the lamps. A chemist, Swan experimented in the 1850s and 60s with carbon filaments. He was born on 31 October 1828 to Isabella Cameron and John Swan. Joseph Swan lived as fully and completely as any of us could ever hope, right up until his passing in his home Sept. 27, 2020. By the mid-1870s better pumps became available, and Swan returned to his experiments. September 27, 2020Joseph Swan lived as fully and completely as any of us could ever hope, right up until his passing in his home Sept. 27, 2020. His first great granddaughter Sarah was born the day after he died. Joseph Swan is best known for his improvements to the early electric light bulb. Kindest thanks to his close friends and neighbours in Duncan who so often lent a helping hand and warm-hearted company, especially in the few years since Avanthia’s passing. She died in his tender care in 2018. His early efforts failed however, because the vacuum pumps of those years could not remove enough air from the lamps. The longer you knew him, the more you were glad you had met him. They worked together to make each home gracious and beautiful. Online condolences can be offered at www.sandsduncan.ca, Your condolences will be approved within one business day. But first and always he loved Avanthia, to whom he was married for over 60 years. Joe brought out the good in all who encountered him – often singing and joking around. Joseph Swan: Edison was not the only inventor trying to make the light bulb. One of his major competitors was England's Joseph W. Swan. Scientists had previously come up with a basic bulb that wasn't able to glow very long. He was a curious child and took to intensive reading and attending lectures. Joe was the loyal defender and advocate of all of his children and grandchildren. After a successful career in publishing he and Avanthia retired to the west coast and enjoyed travelling and renovating a number of homes. We shall not live again as we lived in his love. A chemist, Swan experimented in the 1850s and 60s with carbon filaments. Joseph Swan, in full Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, (born October 31, 1828, Sunderland, Durham, England—died May 27, 1914, Warlingham, Surrey), English physicist and chemist who produced an early electric lightbulb and invented the dry photographic plate, an important improvement in photography and a step in the development of modern photographic film. Sir Joseph Wilson Swan was a British scientist of the 19th and early 20th centuries, who is famous for inventing the incandescent light bulb. You will need a. One of his major competitors was England’s, Joseph W. Swan. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Tree Canada. However, Swan's incandescent light bulb contained a special wire and vacuum that could heat up to such a high temperature, it could glow and gi… Joe planted many trees, leaving a legacy of dogwoods, horse chestnuts, maples and cedars. Joe brought out the good in all who encountered him – often singing and joking around.