Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Johnson, 69: Marine industry pioneer

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BAILEY ISLAND — Captain  Jeffrey A. Johnson, 69, of Bailey Island and Port Charlotte, Fla., died peacefully March 6 at the VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 1, 1940, in Brunswick, the first son of Eileen and Lawrence E. Johnson of Bailey Island.  He grew up on Bailey Island working in the marine environment and family businesses. 

On Sept 1, 1961, he married Millicent Theberge.

He served with the Marine Corps Reserve, the U.S. Air Force, and in Special Forces during Vietnam.

After his military service, he began his lifelong career in the marine industry by operating a marine repair business. He followed the Maine lobster to the offshore coast of North Carolina, where he earned his Master Mariners license and served as Licensed Master of numerous commercial vessels.

In the 1970s he transitioned into marine consulting and surveying in North Carolina before moving back to Maine. With the help of his wife Millie, he founded J. A. Johnson & Associates and worked as a senior consultant, marine surveyor and risk management specialist in the marine insurance industry.

Subsequently he co-founded,  and served as president and chairman of the board for Marine Consultants International, and performed evaluations, reviews, and consultation for marine related operations.

Seeing the need for more training in the marine surveying industry, he mentored many young surveyors and organized a marine surveyors seminar in Brunswick, which inspired him to co-found the Maritime Technical Institute.

In 1987 he partially retired due to medical reasons, but continued to perform contract surveying and consulting under his newly founded company, Marine Logistics Corporation. He also served as CEO of 3-I International, a manufacturer and operator of high tech oil pollution remediation equipment, and traveled around the world.

Until his death, he continued to consult part-time, specializing in high profile maritime claims, adjusting and performing appraisals, and evaluating  marine operations.
He had a passion for writing, and recently published his first book, a suspense novel “Iranian Connection.” At the time of his death, he was writing a sequel to his book and his memoirs.

He is survived by his wife, Millie of Port Charlotte, Fla.; daughter, Cathy Silva and husband, Rich Silva of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and two sons, Brett Johnson and his partner, Tim Waite of Portland and Christopher Johnson of Great Island; three grandchildren, Alexandra Silva of Savannah, Ga.,  Patrick Silva of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Evan Johnson of Great Island.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 20 at Mackerel Cove, Bailey Island.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.

Memorial condolences may be expressed at

Memorial donations can be made to the Orr’s/Bailey Island Fire Dept., P.O. Box 77, Orr’s Island, ME 04066.

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