Arthur J. Johansen, 79

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BATH — Arthur John Johansen, 79, died peacefully at home Aug. 11 with his family by his side.  

On Dec. 10, 1930, he was born in Bath, the son of Charles and Lillian Smith Johansen.

After he graduated from Morse High School in 1949, he joined the U. S. Navy, and served for four years.

On June 6, 1964, he married the love of his life, Barbara Harrison.  

He worked for the Bath Daily Times and was instrumental in the merger of the Bath Daily Times and the Brunswick Record, forming the Times Record. 

In 1991 he retired after 41 years in the newspaper business.

He belonged to the Colonial Club, the Bath Country Club and the Bath Lodge of Elks.  

His hobbies included listening to jazz and big band music, and playing golf and cards with his friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Debra Ann Johansen, who died in August 2005, a sister, Gloria Johansen Quinn, in 1964, and a brother, Charles Johansen in 2002.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Barbara; a daughter, Christie Johansen Thornton and her husband Jim of Pittston; four grandchildren, Wyatt, Hamish, Mary and Grace Thornton, all of Pittston; three sisters, Lillian Johansen Jewell, Dorothy Johansen McKenna and Isabel Johansen Morong, all of Bath, and one brother, Robert Johansen and his wife Wendy of Bath; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to Tribute Giving, Office of Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA  02215 or to a charity of choice.

A celebration of life was held last weekend.

Arrangements are by the David E. Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.  

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