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John Johnson

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January 8, 1942 – April 5, 2024

Surrounded by family, our father, husband, and friend John Johnson passed away peacefully on the evening of April 5, 2024.

John is survived by his beloved wife Lorraine: sons David (Shauna), Kevin (Cindy), and Trevor; brothers David, and Paul (Sharon); sisters Rhoda, Sharon (Dale), Elizabeth (Pic), and Linda (Roy); sister-in-law Grace; grandchildren Julia, Claire, Haley, and Ryan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Oli and Catherine, sisters, Trudy, Christine, Anne, and Elaine, and brother Ken.

John Johnson was born in Gladstone, Manitoba January 8, 1942 to parents Oli and Catherine Johnson. John was the 6th child among twelve siblings and was raised on a small farm in Amaranth, Manitoba. John spent his school years on the farm and then, in his mid-teens, moved to the big city (Winnipeg) to stay with his older sisters... and to eventually make a life for himself. 

During that time John met and courted a young nurse working at the Grace Hospital named Lorraine Meisner. Following a brief courtship, and both being the tender age of twenty-two, John and Lorraine were married on June 6, 1964. Being young and enterprising John began work with the Toronto Dominion Bank and moved his bride to Thunder Bay Ontario where shortly thereafter their first son David would be born on May 5, 1965 (eleven months following their wedding day - the math is good). John continued his work with the bank and transferred between a handful of cities in Ontario including Marathon, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Sioux St Marie.  Lorraine would give birth to their second son Kevin in Marathon on March 3, 1968 and third son Trevor back in Thunder Bay on October 21, 1969.  

Done with Ontario (and child bearing) John and Lorraine returned with their three sons to Winnipeg in 1974 for John to pursue an employment opportunity with the Industrial Development Bank. John would continue to explore a number of career paths while raising a family in Winnipeg over the years that followed, including Northern diamond-drilling; real estate; computer sales/programming; and eventually a government position with the Department of Agriculture (Federal Government). Even there, John's restless nature was revealed as he tested out a handful of positions before settling on a post he thoroughly enjoyed, assisting Manitoba farmers apply for and receive government aid. He eventually retired from his government position at the age of 66 years.

John was a church-goer and a man of faith. He was an avid reader and his library was filled with books on theology and biblical historical events. John was always thrilled to receive a gift certificate from Hull's Christian Bookstore as a present for any special occasion…

John will always be remembered for his quick wit and ability to make people laugh… He was the master of puns and wordplay, as well as an incredible joke and story-teller. No one could tell a joke like he could. He had the ability (and tendency) to tell the same jokes time and again, and somehow still make them funny. He maintained his sense of humour into his final years, and even with his memory noticeably fading, at times could deliver an unexpected and quick-witted remark that would surprise visitors and family.

John loved his family and will be sadly missed and remembered forever by those closest to him.

A small family gathering was held on April 7th, 2024 to honour and celebrate John's life.

John’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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May 10, 2024 at 2:41 PM

Goodbye Uncle John.  You are missed even here in Ottawa.

Gayle Freed (family friend)

May 10, 2024 at 2:33 PM

I have many stories with the Johnson family and some with John himself and here is one.

I wanted to conquer my fear of downhill skiing. My daredevil friend, Lorraine was flying down ski runs on the rockies in B.C. and loving it! This was out of sight for me, but I wanted to go down hill on skis just once so I could say to myself I’d done it!

John volunteered to go with me. Off we went for a ski lesson and an afternoon of downhill skiing at the bunny hill just north of Winnipeg. We got outfitted and took the lesson at the near bottom of the hill. But when the instructor, after putting us through some paces with our picks firmly in the ground said ”Now let go,” I shouted fearfully, “But then we’ll slide all the way down!”  “That,” said the instructor , “is the general idea,”  And John looked over at me smiling encouragingly.  “Let’s just do it “ he said. And we did!


May 10, 2024 at 2:22 PM

Peace be with you Uncle John. No more threats of taking your teeth out and running after us kids to “gum our bums”.

Zenaida Bengco

May 10, 2024 at 2:20 PM

Dear David,

My deepest condolences. God bless you and your family. May your father's soul rest in peace.


May 10, 2024 at 2:20 PM

Dear Lorraine, David, Kevin and Trevor,

So many beautiful memories of being in your dining room, making grace and breaking bread together with my best friend Tyler and his family.  You always made me feel a part of your family, and I still feel that way to this day.  I will remember John as someone who always made me laugh, a unique and quit-witted sense of humour, warm and always inviting.  Those were great days for me.  My deepest condolences to you all, and sending you my love and positive vibes as you celebrate a life so well-lived.  What a guy.


May 10, 2024 at 1:19 PM

Dear David,

My sincerest and deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. May your memories of him be an enduring blessing for you and your family. May he rest in peace with light perpetual shining upon him.

Warmest regards.

Gail Johnson

May 9, 2024 at 9:24 PM

🕊A lovely tribute and picture of John. My memory of him goes back a long way to High School in Amaranth. I am one year younger but do remember him well and the famous Lone Spruce Road where he was raised. Condolences to all his family.


May 9, 2024 at 9:23 PM

I have a wonderful memory of John as I’m sure you do. I was seven and he was probably 15. He was sent to our house to pick cranberries as people did in the olden  days. I was very lucky to be home at the time and he took me cranberry picking. For 15-year-old boy to spend time with a seven year old without babysitting was unusual. We picked cranberries together, and I had the most wonderful time. Obviously, a memory for me. He was kind, funny, and so considerate. I had a wonderful afternoon with that young man, who was entertaining a little girl. We crossed paths several times throughout our lives,(we are related) and I met that same kind, considerate and funny young man every time. . He was such a joy to meet. John enhanced our lives. He was a model of how to live your life.. Thank you Johnny.  My sincere condolences to all the family.


May 9, 2024 at 9:21 PM

Dear David,

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Francine Hoang

May 9, 2024 at 9:20 PM

Dear David,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. May the wonderful memories bring you some peace during this difficult time.


May 9, 2024 at 9:02 PM

My sincere condolences Lorraine, my mom told me of John crossing the rainbow bridge.

Sending you a hug from Minto St

Walt & Erna Braun

May 9, 2024 at 5:13 PM

We continue to think of you Lorraine...

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