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The CLS and all the Ocean Reef Real Estate community Mourn the Loss
Peter “Pete” Kaywin Swenson
Our friend and fellow real estate agent Peter Kaywin Swenson passed away on July 19th, 2021 in the arms of his loving wife of 34 years.
Peter worked in the real estate industry for nearly 40 years here. He maintained a loyal clientele, worked with integrity, and developed a lifetime of friendships along the way. Peter served as a board director for the Swenson Land and Cattle Company in Stamford, Texas, which was founded by his great, great, grandfather Svante Magnus Swenson in 1852. Peter also helped in management of farmland in Bloomington, Illinois after the passing of his mother, Jean Kennedy Swenson, and Aunt Katie Kennedy Labonte.
Peter was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1955. He attended Montclair Academy, Lawrenceville School, Montclair High and Florida International University where he studied English and business.
After a whirlwind romance, he married the love of his life, Cynthia Casey, in 1987 in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. He lived with her in Ocean Reef Club and in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
Peter was a man of many diverse interests and skills. He lived a life full of adventure and travel. He had a deep reverence for animals and nature and delighted in his time at his family’s ranch in Texas. From childhood, Peter loved to fish. He was fortunate to travel the world fishing for all varieties and graciously distributed his catch to friends and neighbors. He was often seen surfcasting on the beaches in Bay Head, New Jersey, and after a successful catch he would release the fish gently back into the water. Peter excelled at tennis winning many titles and trophies. He demonstrated a sportsman-like conduct while still being a fierce competitor. Friendships were deeply meaningful to Peter, and those relationships meant that he had a significant impact on many, many lives. His door and his heart were always open, and he would offer a cold beer or a good glass of wine to make his visitors feel special and very welcome.
Peter was committed to philanthropy and quietly supported countless organizations both in the United States and the Bahamas. In this spirit, In lieu of flowers, please support your local hospice organizations and local children’s sports teams or at Ocean Reef, the Ocean Reef Conservation Association.
The Central Listing Service at Ocean Reef (CLS) is celebrating over "THIRTY YEAR" of service to Ocean Reef Club. The CLS has an interesting history, which dates back to when Ocean Reef Club was in its infancy, as a development owned by Harper Sibley. For many years there was only one real estate company on Ocean Reef called "Ocean Reef Properties". This one company handled all the new, Club-developed inventory of properties as well as the growing number of re-sales as members moved around within the Club. Soon, other real estate businesses began, each with their own listings, which made it difficult, if not impossible for a prospective buyer to know of everything available for sale. The solution was to create the CLS - a single source for all Ocean Reef listings. The goal was to enhance and simplify real estate services for customers. Throughout the years, CLS has helped to connect thousands of buyers with brokers on The Reef.
The mission of the Central Listing Service at Ocean Reef (CLS) is to ensure the professionalism of the Ocean Reef real estate industry, protect property rights, values and promote the ownership of Ocean Reef and Key Largo Anglers real property, while promoting higher ethical and professional standards in members’ business practices. We seek to serve and act responsive to our members by continuously developing, implementing, and promoting programs and services to help the individual real estate licensees achieve success. The CLS provides education for its members and the public, in order to enhance the image of the Ocean Reef real estate professionals and to build the knowledge base of the public.
The lunch provided by Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape was great, Thanks!