Gary “Big Gus” Johnson

On Thursday September 28, 2017, Gary “Big Gus” Johnson joined the great tailgate party in the sky.

Gary was born to celebrate on July 4, 1950. Gerald and Margaret raised him in Chatham, Ontario alongside his sisters Sandy (Carson), Gail (Whitney), Kathy (Cons) and his brother Ronnie.

As an teen, Gary was a competitive athlete with success in rifle shooting, basketball, and most notoriously as first baseman with Chatham Minor Ball. He was a member of the 1969 Ontario ‘A’ Championship baseball team.

Gary was a fierce leader of the local labour movement. He was a proud member of CUPE Local 12 and served as president for decades during his 31 years of service to the Public Works Department of the City of Chatham.

Most importantly, Gary was a loving and bossing husband to Jennifer for 46 years. If he wasn’t bellowing at the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Lions or Tigers with his favourite son Mike, he could be heard bragging about his “Doctor Daughter” Melissa (Johnson) or relentlessly teasing his son and daughter in law Derek (Barlow) and Michelle. He loved nothing more than his house filled with his precious grandkids Dylan, Max, Ailee and Briar.

Gary has been cremated. We will party in his honour at the Imperial Club on Sunday October 22, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Please yell out a “Go Leafs Go!” in Gary’s memory and give generously in person or through an online tribute to the Oncology Patient Parking Fund at The Foundation of Chatham Kent Health Alliance

19 Comments on “Gary “Big Gus” Johnson”

  1. Dr. Melissa Johnson and family. I am so sorry to hear your Dad passed away. Please convey my condolences to your family. Rest in Peace Gary

  2. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Played ball with the big first baseman when we were younger and he was always larger than life! Condolences to the entire family. “Go Leafs Go”

  3. Dear Melissa and family.
    May your wonderful me,or ies of your Dad ease your loss and give you comfort .My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time .

  4. Jennifer & Family: So sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. He was such a great guy and will be missed by many. At least now he is at peace and you will have many fond memories.

  5. I would like to extend my condolence to Gary’s family . I always enjoyed our conversations when I would see him. My late father George also enjoyed his time with Gary whether it be at the golf course or at the club playing cards .

  6. My prayers and sympathy go out to Gary’s family. Whether it be a great team mate during our minor baseball years or opposite him playing euchre, he was always very competitive. I will miss him dearly.

  7. RIP, GARY, my first cousin on my Father’s side. (Robert Wellington). Although Gary was 10 yrs my senior, I remember him with a fond heart. He was funny, took time to talk to his younger, silly cousins, chuckle, and hang with me at family get togethers. I recall how giddy us younger girls were in the fact that Gary had a “sweetheart”, who of course, later became his wife. My prayers are with his loved ones, family and friends as they suffer from the absence of Gary’s physical presence in their lives, as Gary was very PRESENT in life. This Big Guy will be truly missed!

  8. Hi Jennifer
    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing, was hoping to see him soon.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family
    I enjoyed the many years we worked together.


  9. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gerald and all Gary’s family.

  10. Jennifer and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. May your memories help you through the time ahead.
    Darlene and Tom

  11. Jennifer, Melissa and Family…
    I’m so sorry to hear about Gary…he was a great guy..sending you hugs …just know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers…Kathy McCart

  12. To Dr. Melissa Johnson

    Sorry to hear of the loss of you r dear father.
    BIG GUS sounds like a special man .

    Ruth Rivers

  13. Jennifer sorry to hear about Gary. He was a great guy and always easy to talk to . Our thoughts are with you.

  14. GO LEAFS GO Gary. I’m sure you are helping us to a good season from up there pal. You’ll be missed. God bless your family and friends. They’ve lost a good one…

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