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Laurel Kaplan Swaye passed away Oct. 20, 2018. She was born in New Britain, CT on May 7, 1932 the daughter of the late William and Zara (Tertes) Kaplan. Laurel was predeceased by her husband George of more than 64 years, and brother Elihu Kaplan.  Laurel is survived by her sons Daniel and wife Rita of Roswell, GA, Ricky and wife Marge of Cromwell, CT,  and Gary of Boynton Beach, FL. and her sister Elsa Gassner and husband Peter of Sedona, AZ.  Laurel also leaves four grandchildren, Matthew Swaye, Janel Swaye MacDermott and husband Kevin, Dawn McGee and husband Tom, Christopher Ward and wife Cynthia; and six great-grandchildren, William, Lily, Riley, Logan, Connor and Bailey. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Ronald Swaye and Maria Montanaro of Tamarac, FL. Laurel worked in the family business, the S&A Dept. Store in Hartford, CT.  Laurel and George entered the real estate construction business and managed and developed several commercial properties in the Hartford area. Upon retiring, Laurel and George set out on their boat down the east coast to Boca Raton, FL from where they spent decades together boating throughout Florida and the Bahamas.  She was an avid tennis player and reader, and leader in the YARCOBAR Condo Assn. for more than 40 years. Her family takes great pride in remembering her intelligence and common sense; and the grace, dignity, strength and courage she maintained throughout her battles with cancer. A burial was held in Boca Raton, FL.

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