Joseph Johnson

Johnson, Joseph Brian –October 1, 1949 – December 27, 2018

It is with grieving spirits but peaceful hearts that we announce the passing of Joe Johnson.  Joe passed away peacefully at home on December 27, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years Wendy (Mifflin) Johnson and cherished daughters Cathie (Mike) Verfaillie, Cindy (Dan) Crow) and Jodey Johnson (Ricky Loewen).

Proud and loving Papa to Michael (Kayley) Verfaillie, Kristen Verfaillie (Jason Laprise), Joseph (Vanessa) Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Ethan Crow, Benjamin Johnson and Breanne Johnson.  

Much loved Great Papa to Brooklynn and Aiden Johnson, Mason Johnson-Mertz and Jayce Johnson-Crosby.

Joe was immensely proud of his children, the lives they built and the hope they brought to his life, of his grandchildren and their accomplishments and of his great grandchildren for their vigour.  

Brother of Ted (Rose) Johnson, Mark (Elsie) Johnson, Greg (Judy) Johnson, Kevin Johnson. Debbie (Mike) Bradie

Special Brother in Law to Lynn Rilett, Sandy Gray and Sharron Blackburn

Joe will fondly be remembered by several nieces, nephews, friends and past colleagues.  

Joe was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Theresa (Terry) Johnson, sister Lynda Rilett, brother James Johnson, brother and sister in law Bob (Vicki) Johnson and brother in law Randy Blackburn.

Joe had a career that led him down many roads.  He drove transport truck, was employed at Pepsi, Vachon, Hostess, Dempsters, and McAllister.  He also owned and operated a variety store. His final roads travelled were with Electrozad. Joe sincerely enjoyed his time working at Electrozad.  He always had a story to tell or a joke to be played on someone. Joe spoke very highly of his co-workers and enjoyed going into work each day. Joe always enjoyed being in truck, behind the wheel making his deliveries.  Joe touched the lives of many people over the years and he made sure he left a smile on the face of each and every person he encountered.

The family would like extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Electrozad for their ongoing support, compassion and kind words expressed for Joe throughout his journey.  Joe truly enjoyed the treats and visits. We are very grateful to everyone Joe worked with.

Joe was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and enjoyed the sport of hockey.  He volunteered with London Minor Hockey as a coach and enjoyed working with the players to develop their skills and knowledge of the game.  He continued his passion for hockey and coaching when his grandchildren began playing the sport of hockey as well as other sports. He would coach each of them from the sidelines, encourage them and he truly was their biggest fan.  

Joe was a Member of the Moose Lodge for 42 years.  During that time he enjoyed playing darts and socializing with many friends.  

Joe was a strong man that faced life’s struggles with positivity and humour.  He was an incredible man, he always thought of others before himself. He took great pride in everything he did.  He had a zest for life, a sense of humour and determination to do whatever he set his mind to. He loved, cherished and provided strength to his family.  The memories of family vacations, holiday gatherings, summer barbecues and just being together we will have to cherish forever. We thank him for the memories.  We all feel blessed to have had him in our lives.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to family and friends that have been on this journey with us.  Words can never express our gratitude for you on-going love and support. A special thank you also goes to the nurses, PSW’s and all other health care providers for the special care, compassion and attention provided to Joe during the past several years.

Today we are full of sorrow, but we will smile a little more with each tomorrow.

So please, Joe, go.  Be at rest and know, to us you were always the best.

You will always be missed but never forgotten.

At Joe’s request cremation has taken place.  

The Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Kent Belgian Dutch Canadian Club – Main Ball Room.  34 Byng Ave Chatham. ON. A tribute to Joe’s life will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to Community Living Chatham-Kent, LHIN – Palliative Care, Chatham Minor Hockey






24 Comments on “Joseph Johnson”

  1. Love you grandpa miss lots still learning from this morning everyday a challenge. One step at a time.

  2. Sending love and prayers to the family during this sad time. Joe was an amazing man who will be deeply missed by many.

  3. My deepest sympathies to the family, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    RIP Joe.

  4. Dennis and I are so very sorry about Joe’s passing. He was a hard worker who was so very proud of his family. We hope all those wonderful memories of a long life well lived will help the family during this difficult time and bring you comfort and smiles in the future. Ben always spoke so highly of his grandpa and will miss Joe very much.

  5. Deepest sympathies to the family…Feel so sad,,,sending hugs and thoughts in a very difficult time..

  6. We remember how at the bay,he always came over to see us,he had a way to touch your heart.
    He was a real trouper,a hard fighter to live,had many great jokes,always had a kiss for us,,I can say,rest in peace,our friend,
    To his family,you did an amazing job,taking care of him,& loving him,
    What an awesome job you did,
    Our condolences to each of you,
    To his wife & Cathy & Mike,your love showed it all
    Big hugs to all of you,

  7. Remembering your dad,at the bay,always friendly,gave me a kiss when we saw him,he was always full of jokes,funny,a real pleasure to know,
    He was a trooper,loved life,
    Had a great family,who loved him dearly,
    Our condolences & hugs go out to his wife & Cathy & Mike,who we knew,to the rest of the family ,we also send our condolences,
    Rest In Peace Joe,you put up a great fight in life to live,
    We remember you with smiles in our heart,

  8. So many childhood memories flooding in. We will meet again where there are no family rules and restrictions to keep us apart. We will laugh together once again.

  9. Dear Wendy and family
    Wendy you knew this time was near the last i spoke to you but nothing ever prepares you for it. The memories you have of Joe will carry you through always. He was a remarkable person. I will always remember him and his infectious smile. Know that we are thinking of you throughout this time. Thoughts and prayers are sent to you.

  10. Wendy and family, my deepest condolences to you all. Joe came into my life as a patient but became my dear friend. Joe taught me so much about life through his perseverance and fight!! Some people come into your life for reason and Joe left a very big mark on my heart that will be there forever. Rest easy my friend and thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey

  11. Dear Wendy, Cathie, Cindy, Jodey and families; I can not even begin to tell you how much you all meant to me over the years. Wendy, you and Joe were there for me so much in my youth and early twenties. I am not sure how or why we drifted apart but I shall always be grateful for the time I had with you and your wonderful, beautiful and intelligent girls. Joe, you were such a joker, but those of us who were privileged enough to really know you also knew how loving and caring you were. Thanks for the memories. Our prayers are with your family always.

  12. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.”
    I will always cherish our time spent together and the lessons I learned from you.
    Until we’re together again, love you always papa.

  13. Well papa, nothing could have ever prepared me for good bye. Your sense of humor was the highlight of my life. While I’m sad that you’re gone, I am constantly reminding myself through the tough times to “keep smiling” and I know if I do that you will be looking down smiling back at me. I love you & miss you papa ❤

  14. Dad, Mike and I will always cherish the memories we shared, your legacy will be carried on through your children and grandchildren. My childhood memories of you teaching me to get back up when I fall and anything can be fixed with duct tape. My teenage years and those first few driving lesson through to becoming an adult and you always standing behind me with encouraging words. I became the woman, wife and mother I am because I followed in your footsteps. This I am very proud of. You always encouraged me to be who I wanted to be, to do what I wanted to do and to face life’s challenges and struggles with determination, never walk away or give up. Because of you I have an amazing families and memories that will be passed on for generations. Your zest for life, your sideways grin and twinkle in your eye and your determination will live on in a piece of all of us. Mike and I are so very blessed and grateful to have had you in our lives and thankful for the journey we have taken. We will be forever thankful for the trips we took and the lessons you taught us. I was once your angel and now you will be mine. I know you will always be watching down on me. You will be forever missed by never forgotten. I LOVE YOU DAD.

  15. Condolence to Cathie and Mike and Family

    Sorry hear loss of your dad and your father-in-law and your grandpa. you all will be in my prayer during this sad time. Just remember all good time had with your dad and your father-in-law and your grandpa.

  16. Sorry for your loss Wendy and family. Our prayers are with you all ☆

  17. Hey dad
    This sucks and I miss you so much already. You made life so easy for me as you were always there with love, support and “humour of course”. Then there was the fighter in you I will never know how you did it as it really was the impossible but I know that you did it for all of us and I am so thankful as we then had so many more years of laughs and experiences together.I will cherish in my mind and hold dear to my heart every moment we had together until we connect again to make more.
    You are my hero , so enjoy raising roof upstairs. Love you sooooo much Cindy

  18. Hey Joe. I am sorry to hear that you had a rough go, but I will remember the great times we enjoyed through our life. I know you had a blast at Variety Pak. I guess we all did, with that special inventory drink and more. You were a great person. I will always cherish the fun times. Bless you, Joe. On behalf of my family, I send deep condolences.

  19. I know that no matter what. You will always be with me. When life separates us I know it is only your soul saying goodbye to your body. But your spirit will be with us always. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch, I will know it is you singing to me. When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely, I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain and suffering. When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention, I will know it is you reminding me to appreciate the simple things in life. When the sun shining through my window awakens me, I will feel the warmth of your love. When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill, I will hear your words of wisdom and will remember what you taught me so well. Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong. I cherish your endless love you provided for Mom, Cathie, Cindy & I. When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence, I will think of your courage for and unbelievable strength for life. No matter where you are, your spirit will be beside us and we will see you soon. Love you so much, xo. Thanks for being the “BEST DAD” we could ask for!

  20. Wendy and family; I’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Thoughts and prayers.
    Michele and family

  21. Wendy & family, Darrell and I are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. We share many beautiful memories of our great times together, especially at Camp Pecodahquah… trail blazing, camping, laughing over a campfire…. May these and the many wonderful memories you have of your lives together be always on your mind. Unfortunately we are unable to join you in celebrating Joe’s life as we are in Cozumel for the winter, but know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sandy & Darrell Gall

  22. Cindy,

    So sorry I just to hear about your Dad, thinking of you. Hoping all of cherished memories of your dad bring you peace during this difficult time.

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