Walter  Johnson

Walter Hugh Johnson

Monday, November 5th, 1928 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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November 5, 1928 – October 10, 2020
Walter was the last remaining member of the Johnson Family.
He was a Bell Canada Pioneer
Walter was a life time member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 Years.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Walter H. Johnson, on October 10, 2020, in his 92nd year, in Brockville, ON. He was predeceased in July 2018 by his loving wife of 66 years, Muriel (Black) Johnson.
Walter was born on November 5, 1928, in Toyes Hill, ON, to Elzie and Irma (McIntosh) Johnson. He spent his early years farming on the Johnson homestead before joining Bell Canada. On July 16, 1952, Walter and Muriel were married at the United Church in Morrisburg, ON. During his lifetime, he also resided in Winchester, Smiths Falls, as well as our beloved cottage on Adam Lake, Perth. Walter was a Bell Canada Pioneer as well as a 50 year member of the Masonic order and he was the last patriarch of the Johnson family.

Walter was the cherished father of Kathryn (Pierre Joly) of Arnprior, ON, the treasured grandfather of Andre Joly (Heidie) of Carp, ON, and the doting great-grandfather of Isabelle and Kathryn (Katie) Joly. Walter is survived by several first cousins, his brother-in-law, Ralph Black, as well as nine nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Walter was predeceased by two older sisters, Beatrice (George Elliott) and Lorna (Lloyd Dixon); sisters-in-law, Lois (Black) Osler and Jean (Carruthers) Black; brother-in-law, Paul Osler; as well as his in-laws, Charles and Beatrice (Durant) Black.

Walter was a friend to many throughout Eastern Ontario and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved his tractors, lawn mowers and farm machinery – but most of all he loved socializing and reminiscing with friends, family and strangers alike.

Sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many friends and neigbours in Brockville and Adam Lake, who supported and cared for Walter, making it possible for him to maintain his independence a bit longer. Much love to his Bell Canada “family”, who enriched his life over the years.

Many thanks to the area hospitals and medical staff for their excellent and empathetic care in this difficult time.. Arrangements are entrusted with the Irvine Funeral Home & Chapel, 4 James Street East Brockville. In Walter’s memory, please consider making a memorial donation to a local Legion/service club of your choice or buy from local producers to support the agricultural sector.
At Walter’s request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at a later date in the Johnson family plot at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
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Pauline Robertson

Posted at 07:57pm
Feeling so sad by the profound loss of Walter, my friend, and the amazing husband to my dearest friend Muriel who passed a couple of years ago. Walter was a great-man! Caring, gentle, hardworking and such a loving father to Kathryn whom he adored. From Athens Fairs, Florida trips, dropping us off shopping, and the endless times spent around the dinner table, Walter could be heard talking of his enjoyment of family, friends, Bell Canada, and just about anything that caught his attention. Boy oh boy, if you ever had a lawnmower to fix, he was your man. I miss you Walter but keeping connected to Kathryn and Andre and all the family will ensure my memories of you are etched forever on my heart.

Condolences to the entire family!

Pauline Robertson

Liz Quinn

Posted at 11:32am
Dear Kathryn,
We are saddened to hear about your loss. Good people are indeed treasured and hold a special place in one’s heart. – We remember your dad as an affectionate, gentle, kind, knowledgeable and talented person; he will be remembered with fondness.

Shortly after moving to New Dublin Road in 1994, we needed some work done to our Lawnboy and our Deutz-Allis mowers. Our neighbours referred your dad. It became apparent that your dad knew more than repairing lawnmowers. Over the 20 years we lived at NDR, we had the pleasure of dealing with, and enjoying, his and your mom’s company. He had exceptional skills at repairing and a fabulous talent for sharing stories or jokes. Walter would come home to do our annual maintenance of both our mowers; we would all enjoy coffee and chat as he worked at the machines. Oftentimes, we would gather in their garage/workshop and chat away many hours. We eventually traded our old mower to your dad for a newer Lawnboy.– In 2014, we moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, and carried wonderful memories of Walter with us. This past summer, we sold the Lawnboy push-mower we had purchased from your dad in 2005; it was still in excellent working condition; it went to another caring owner. It still had Walter’s repair tag on it.

Grief is such a personal thing and nothing anyone can say, or do, can take away the pain you are feeling…but please remember that others are thinking of you and your family with heartfelt sympathy and caring, while your dad will be in our hearts and memories.

With Deepest Condolences,
Liz Quinn & Robert Brady,
Moncton, New Brunswick


Steven Bangs

Posted at 12:07pm
My condolences to Kathryn and family
I got to know Walter over the last 10 years through our passion for Cub Cadets and anything else that burned gas
Walter May you rest in piece up in Cub Cadet Heaven
We all lost a good friend but we have retained many great memories
Your friend
Steven Bangs

Lloyd Brunton

Posted at 03:52pm
I worked for Bell for 34 years and met a lot of great guys, but Walter was one of the very, very best, always friendly, and ready with a laugh and a joke. My condolences to the family. Lloyd Brunton


Debra Kerr

Posted at 04:22pm
I worked with Walter in 1953, 1954 at Bell in Winchester, and he was one great guy.
My condolences to the Johnson family.
Marilyn Kerr (Serviss)

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