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ROBERT RUSSELL (BJ) JOHNSON (published on March 07, 2009)



ROBERT RUSSELL (BJ) JOHNSON July 1, 1930 - March 2, 2009 On March 2, 2009, Robert Russell (BJ) Johnson of Winnipeg died peacefully after a long and valiant struggle with Parkinson's disease. Born and raised in Edmonton, Bob was a housing officer with Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg for 30 years. He was active in the leadership of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba), and served on the executive of the Kiwanis Club of Central Winnipeg. He loved the camaraderie he found through the CB Radio Operators; those friendships remained to the end of his life. BJ had a great love of music, which he expressed as a 50 year member of the Golden Chordsmen (the Winnipeg Barbershop Chorus) from 1959 until his illness forced his retirement. He was also a loyal member of McClure United Church, and sang in the choir for many years. To the end of his life music brought him joy and comfort. Bob is mourned by his loving family his sister Peg Matheson and her husband Douglas of Edmonton; brothers-in-law Bob McLaughlin and Bob Matheson, sister-in-law Marg Matheson; cousin Nancy Watson; a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria; and his loyal friends, especially his devoted caregiver Alice Lindsay. He was predeceased by his infant sister Barbara Johnson; his sisters-in-law Janet McLaughlin and Gerri Matheson; and his brother-in-law Donald Matheson. The family expresses its gratitude to the staff of Calvary Place for their kind and loving care for Bob during the closing years of his life. A memorial service will be held in McClure United Church, 533 Greenwood Place, at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory would be greatly appreciated, either to McClure United Church, 533 Greenwood Place, Winnipeg MB R3G 3M1, or to the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen, in care of D. Petrie, 361 McAdam Ave., Winnipeg MB, R2W 0B3. Chapel Lawn 885 - 9715


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