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Gordon "Paul" Johnson

Gordon "Paul" Johnson

Male 1923 - 2010  (87 years)

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  • Name Gordon "Paul" Johnson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Nickname Paul 
    Born 15 Feb 1923  Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Christened 24 Feb 1923  Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Property 1971  One Island Lake, Township of Fowler, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a camp at One Island Lake which was purchaed for $5,800.00 in 
    • Information was from a copy of a Statement of Adjustments.
    Obituary Abt 25 Jul 1987  Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    in an unknown Thunder Bay newspaper 
    • JOHNSON - Mr. Thomas Alexander Johnson, age 74 years, of 563 Van Norman Street, died at his residence Wednesday, July 22, 1987. Born in Port Arthur, he was a lifetime resident. He was a prospector by trade and was a charter member of the local prospectors association. He particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his sister: Mary Arthur, 3 brothers: Walter and Ernie all of Thunder Bay and Paul of Vancouver (presently here), numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. Predeceased by parents, 2 brothers: Ben in 1982 and Edward in 1982. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street conducted by Rev. W.L. Maunula of Lappe Lutheran Church. Internment in Riverside Cemetery. Friends who so desire may make donations to the charity of their choice. All services complete in the chapel.
    Obituary Sep 2010  Thunder Bay, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9, 10
    Chronicle Journal [I don't have a copy of the published obituary] 
    • Mr. Paul Johnson of Langley, BC, died Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Langley Memorial Hospital from complications following a stroke. Paul was 87. Paul was predeceased by his wife Nancy (nee Foreman) in 1993.

      Paul was born on February 15, 1923 in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) Ontario, the youngest son of John Alexander and Maria Johnson. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Ed, Walter, Tom, Ben, Mary Arthur and Norman.

      In 1948, Paul married Nancy Foreman in Port Arthur and they raised two daughters, Janet Paula and Donna Susan. Paul had a very long career as a telephone technician with the Thunder Bay Telephone Company that spanned 30 plus years until his retirement in the early 1980s.

      One of Paul's most enjoyable activities was their summer camp at One Island Lake, where the family spent most summer weekends and their holiday time. Paul never tired of the continuous tasks and projects that had to be done to keep the camp maintained.

      Paul's hobby throughout his life was investing in the stock market. In spite of the high risks he really enjoyed the penny stocks and over the years did surprisingly well with his investments.

      In 1984 Paul and Nancy moved from Thunder Bay to Surrey, BC, as they wanted to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren who were living in the Vancouver area.

      Paul was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In Thunder Bay he built backyard ice rinks in support of Donna's and Janet's accomplishments in figure skating. Every year Paul volunteered countless hours helping the figure skating club put on their productions and competitions.



      In his final month in hospital he loved to talk about the camp at One Island Lake, his childhood at the farm in Gorham Township and his travels with Nancy.

      Paul adored his grandchildren. He generously supported their university educations and celebrated their successes in life. Over the past years he has been blessed and overjoyed with his three great grandchildren, Ruby and Rocco Forte in Burnaby and newly arrived Gabriel Phillips in Calgary.

      Since moving to Langley following Nancy's death, Paul has been a regular visitor at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Lunch on most days and cards on Tuesday and Thursdays were a wonderful welcoming community of friends. Our family would like to thank the Seniors Centre for its caring staff, volunteers and friends.

      Paul's final days were on 3 south at Langley Memorial Hospital. Thank you for the care and support from everyone there. A special thank you to Paul's GP Doctor Mary Pushie for her professional care and unrelenting support for Dad and all of the family.

      Paul is survived by his daughters, Janet Phillips and Donna Gittens, son-in-law Cliff Gittens, grandchildren Sara Forte (nee Gittens) and Michael Gittens, Paula Phillips, Robyn Brown (nee Phillips), and Dale Phillips, great grandchildren Ruby and Rocco Forte and Gabriel Phillips. All reside in the Vancouver area except Robyn Brown, Dale Phillips and Gabriel Phillips who reside in Calgary, Alberta.

      Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Henderson's Langley Funeral Home, 20786 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC. Burial will be at the Langley Lawn Cemetery, 4393 208 St, Langley BC, immediately following the service. Everyone is welcome to attend
    Gordon Paul Johnson
    Gordon Paul Johnson
    _FSFTID LDLQ-3TP 
    _FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LDLQ-3TP 
    Died 22 Sep 2010  Langley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried 28 Sep 2010  Langley Lawn Cemerery, Langley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5  Gittens Direct Line
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2016 

    Father John Alexander Johnson,   b. 6 Jul 1879, Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Maria Johanna Tuomaantr Kraft,   b. 8 Mar 1885, Isalim Pierceland, Finland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1966, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1905  Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F332  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Helen Foreman,   b. 12 Mar 1926, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1993, Langley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1946  Thunder Bay, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Paul Johnson, Nancy Foreman
    Paul Johnson, Nancy Foreman
    L-R: Bob McNabb , Paul Johnson, Nancy Foreman, Barbara Heywood
    L-R: Bob McNabb , Paul Johnson, Nancy Foreman, Barbara Heywood
    Wedding picture marriage between Gordon "Paul" Jognson and Nancy Helen Foreman.
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    Children 
    +1. Janet Paula Johnson
    +2. Donna Susan Johnson
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2013 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Feb 1923 - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 24 Feb 1923 - Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Nov 1946 - Thunder Bay, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty - a camp at One Island Lake which was purchaed for $5,800.00 in - 1971 - One Island Lake, Township of Fowler, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - in an unknown Thunder Bay newspaper - Abt 25 Jul 1987 - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Chronicle Journal [I don't have a copy of the published obituary] - Sep 2010 - Thunder Bay, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Sep 2010 - Langley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

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  • Sources 
    1. [S242] Estate papers of Thomas Alexander Johnson, Original Will dated 12 Feb 1957 (Reliability: 4), 27 Oct 2010.
      Will dated February 12, 1957
      I direct that all just debts, funeral and testamentary expensed to be paid and satisfied by my executor...
      I give and bequeath all the rest of my real and personal estate of which I may die possessed and wheresoever situate unto my mother, Mary Johanna Johnson, of the City of Port Arthur, in the District of Thunder Bay, Absolutely, to and for her sole and only use forever.
      In the event of my said mother, Mary Johanna Johnson predeceasing me, I devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my real and personal estate...as follows:
      To my brother Gordon Paul Johnson $1,000 to be used at his sole discretion for the benefit of my brother Harold Robert Johnson.
      The rest and residue of my real and personal estate to my brothers and sister divided equally, Harold Robert Johnson, John Edward Johnson, Arthur Ben Johnson, Walter Johnson, Ernest D. Johnson, Mrs. Mary Arthur and Gordon Paul Johnson.
      Executor Gordon Paul Johnson

    2. [S37] Cliff Gittens, Personal Knowledge (Reliability: 3), 3 Jan 2015.

    3. [S227] Baptism Certificate, St. Paul's United Church, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, St. Paul's United Church (Port Arthur [currently Thunder Bay], Ontario, Canada), "Booklet of Certificate of Baptism," Baptism of Donna Susan Johnson (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.
      Witnesses:
      Nancy Foreman Johnson
      Gordon Paul Johnson

    4. [S243] Birth Certification, City of Port Arthur [now Thunder Bay], Ontario. Canada. Port Arthur [now Thunder Bay]., Gordon Paul Johnson [Letter dated Nov 16, 1946 certifying his birth]. (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.

    5. [S244] Baptism Record - Gordon Paul Johnson, Unknown (Port Arthur [now Thunder Bay], Ontario, Canada), "Certificate of Baptism," Looks like an original baptism certificate dated Feb 24, 1923. No church name noted on the cirtificate and can't read the ministers name. The certificate notes the parents as John Alex Johnson and Mary Johanna Craft. (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.

    6. [S245] Birth Certificate Province of Ontario, Ontario Province of Ontario, Certificate G013661, Registration number 23-05-060552 (1923), Gordon Paul Johnson (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.

    7. [S246] The Cronicle Journal, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ontario. Thunder Bay., (http://www.chroniclejournal.com:), Clifford Charles & Donna Susan Gitttens, "Obituary Gordon Paul Johnson," Sep 25 2010, online archives (http://www.chroniclejournal.com/obituaries/johnson/gordon-paul?sort=asc). (Reliability: 4), 4 Jan 2015.
      Johnson , Gordon "Paul"
      Published: Saturday, September 25, 2010

      Paul Johnson of Langley, BC, died Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Langley Memorial Hospital from complications following a stroke. Paul was 87. Paul was predeceased by his wife Nancy (nee Foreman) in 1993.

      Paul was born on February 15, 1923 in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) Ontario, the youngest son of John Alexander and Maria Johnson. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Ed, Walter, Tom, Ben, Mary Arthur and Norman.

      In 1948, Paul married Nancy Foreman in Port Arthur and they raised two daughters, Janet Paula and Donna Susan. Paul had a very long career as a telephone technician with the Thunder Bay Telephone Company that spanned 30 plus years until his retirement in the early 1980's.

      One of Paul's most enjoyable activities was their summer camp at One Island Lake, where the family spent most summer weekends and their holiday time. Paul never tired of the continuous tasks and projects that had to be done to keep the camp maintained.

      Paul's hobby throughout his life was investing in the stock market. In spite of the high risks he really enjoyed the penny stocks and over the years did surprisingly well with his investments.

      In 1984 Paul and Nancy moved from Thunder Bay to Surrey, BC, as they wanted to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren who were living in the Vancouver area.

      Paul was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In Thunder Bay he built backyard ice rinks in support of Donna's and Janet's accomplishments in figure skating. Every year Paul volunteered countless hours helping the figure skating club put on their productions and competitions.

      In his final month in hospital he loved to talk about the camp at One Island Lake, his childhood at the farm in Gorham Township and his travels with Nancy.

      Paul adored his grandchildren. He generously supported their university educations and celebrated their successes in life. Over the past years he has been blessed and overjoyed with his three great grandchildren, Ruby and Rocco Forte in Burnaby and newly arrived Gabriel Phillips in Calgary.
      Since moving to Langley following Nancy's death, Paul has been a regular visitor at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Lunch on most days and cards on Tuesday and Thursdays were a wonderful welcoming community of friends. Our family would like to thank the Seniors Centre for its caring staff, volunteers and friends.

      Paul's final days were on 3 south at Langley Memorial Hospital. Thank you for the care and support from everyone there. A special thank you to Paul's GP Doctor Mary Pushie for her professional care and unrelenting support for Dad and all of the family.

      Paul is survived by his daughters, Janet Phillips and Donna Gittens, son-in-law Cliff Gittens, grandchildren Sara Forte (nee Gittens) and Michael Gittens, Paula Phillips, Robyn Brown (nee Phillips), and Dale Phillips, great grandchildren Ruby and Rocco Forte and Gabriel Phillips. All reside in the Vancouver area except Robyn Brown, Dale Phillips and Gabriel Phillips who reside in Calgary, Alberta.

      Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Henderson's Langley Funeral Home, 20786 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC. Burial will be at the Langley Lawn Cemetery, 4393 208 St, Langley BC, immediately following the service. Everyone is welcome to attend


      In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
      BC Children's Hospital Foundation at their web site http://www.bcchf.ca/main/?donateNow.

    8. [S453] Obituary - Thomas Alexander Johnson, Ontario. Thunder Bay., "Johnson, Mr. Thomas Alexander," 1987, p. [The obituary was likely published in a Thunder Bay newspaper. The clipping was found in the papers of Paul Johnson ]. (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.
      Found this clipping in the effects of Paul Johnson. The obituary was published in a Thunder Bay Newspaper, but not sure its name.

    9. [S37] Cliff Gittens, Personal Knowledge, We placed Paul's obituary in the Chronicle Journal. (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.

    10. [S37] Cliff Gittens, Personal Knowledge, This obituary newspaper clipping was found in the papers of Audrey Gittens, my mother. (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.

    11. [S6] Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924, (Name: Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton,Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [databaseon-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data:; Ontario, Canada. Registrations of Marriages,1869-1922. MS932, 695 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario,Canada.; Ontario, Canada. Division Registrar Vital Statistics Records,1858-1930. MS940, 28 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario,Canada.; Ontario, Canada. Marriage License Books, 1907-1910. MS945, 12reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.; Ontario,Canada. Delayed Registrations of Marriages, 1892-1916. MS948, 4 reels.Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.; Ontario, Canada.County Marriage Registers, 1858-June 1869. Microfilm rolls1030055-1030068. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah(Archives of Ontario, MS 248, reels 5-18).;), Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data:; Ontario, Canada. Registrations of Marriages, 1869-192 (Reliability: 3).
      Name:      Maria Johanna Kraft Birth Place:      Isalim PiercelandAge:      19 Estimated Birth Year:      abt 1886 FatherName:      Thomas Kraft Mother Name:      Ingebori Lukkarian SpouseName:      John Alexander Johnson Spouse's Age:      25 SpouseEstimated Birth Year:      abt 1880 Spouse Birth Place:      PortArthur Spouse Father Name:      Andrew Johnson Spouse MotherName:      Catherine Margaret Lannie Johnson Marriage Date:      10 Jan1905 Marriage Place:      Thunder Bay District MarriageCounty:      Thunder Bay Family History LibraryMicrofilm:      MS932_119 Source:      Indexed by: Ancestry.com

    12. [S4] Donna Gittens, Personal Knowledge (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.

    13. [S5] Marriage Certificate - St. Paul's Church, St. Paul's Church (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada), Marriage Licence Number M 81045 (1946) marriage, issued 11 November 1946 (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2015.