George R. Johnson, 82: Career Navyman

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BRUNSWICK — George Robert “Bob” Johnson, 82, died suddenly at home April 9.

Born in Fort Fairfield, on Sept. 7, 1928, a son of Grover L. and Hildred Clark Johnson, he attended schools in Fort Fairfield and Presque Isle.

On Oct. 24, 1945, he left school to enlist in the U.S. Navy and served 23 years, retiring as a senior chief petty officer.

He was a personnelman in the Navy and served assignments in various locations during his career, including Jacksonville, Fla., Trinidad, B.W.I., Memphis, Tenn., San Diego, Calif., and at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

While stationed in Memphis, Tenn., he met and later married Alice Louise Hart on March 5, 1949. In 1999 their children hosted a 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Brunswick.

During his service career, he was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and seven Good Conduct Awards.

While on active duty and during retirement, he continued his education, eventually accumulating enough credits for an associate’s degree.

Following his retirement from the Navy in 1969, he was employed by Auerbach Shoe Co. in Brunswick, and the Maine Department of Manpower Affairs, Unemployment Compensation Division, until he retired to care for his son, Cory Ross Johnson.

He was a life member of the Brunswick Lodge of Elks Number 2043 and the American Legion Post 202, Topsham, and an active member of the Naval Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 156.

His interests including reading, working out daily at the BNAS gym, traveling, playing card games and visiting with his children and grandchildren.

He was a helpful and supportive husband whose family meant the world to him.

He was predeceased by a son, Cory Ross Johnson, who died Aug. 26, 1988, a brother, Albert A. Johnson, and two sisters-in-law, Doris Johnson and Ruth Hart.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Alice Hart Johnson of Brunswick; two daughters, Connie Jo Seymour and husband Todd of Moretown Vt., Kimberly Jane Fien and husband Robert of Floyds Knobs, Ind., and four sons, Michael “J” Johnson and wife Debbie Madaris of Telluride, Colo., Mark Robert Johnson and wife Kathryn of McLean, Va., Greg Lindsey Johnson and wife Amy of Durham, and Kevin Kelly Johnson and wife Tara of Maple Valley, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, Rachel Reynells and husband Mack, Allison Reilly and husband Mathew all of Moretown, Vt., Colin, Hayley and Caitlin Fien, all of Floyds Knobs, Ind., Brennan Marie and Brooke Leigh Johnson, of McLean, Va., Harrison and Griffin Johnson of Durham, Brady Durand, Grant Robert and Alice Gayle Johnson, all of Maple Valley Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Ella Newell Reynells and Oliver Lincoln Reilly, both of Moretown, Vt.; a sister, Marilyn and brother-in-law Jimmie Blankinship of Harker Heights, Texas; brother-in-law Wayne E. Hart of Bellflower, Calif., sisters-in-law, Winona Speaker of Aztec, N.M., and June Becker of Anaheim, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick. A reception will follow at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brunswick Lodge of Elks, 179 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011, or to the Naval Fleet Reserve Association, Pine Tree Branch 156, P.O. Box 591, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Memorial condolences may be expressed and a video tribute viewed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.

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