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 www.foundationckha.com