Gerald O. Johnson
Gerald O. Johnson, 65, of Bryant Pond passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at his home.
He was born in Norway on Sept. 18, 1945, the son of Oscar and Julia Briggs Johnson. He grew up in Bryant Pond and graduated from Woodstock High School in 1963. He married Virginia I. Tibbetts on May 1, 1965. He worked at Parker Allen, Hanover Dowel, Stowell’s mill until it closed in 1988, and retired from Saunders Brothers early, due to his health problems. He was a skilled lead set-up man and even dabbled in being a foreman. Being a set-up man for the Madison machine took a lot of intelligence and patience to build the machine head.
July 7, 1966 the happy couple was blessed with their first child, Eric Edgar Johnson, Oct. 21, 1969 their second child was born, Michele L. Johnson-Wakefield. The Johnson’s started their journey in Bethel. In 1979 the couple decided they had enough of the long harsh winters and opted to move to Bryant Pond so they wouldn’t have to snow blow a long dirt road every time it stormed.
While the children were young, Jerry loved to coach his son’s baseball team, The Bethel Red Sox. Pretty good for a devoted Yankees fan. The leaving of Joe Torrey made him lose some of his faith in the New York Yankees, but he still supported them and loved to get a good ole fashion Red Sox/Yankee debate going.
Jerry loved the outdoors and everything about it, hunting, fishing, baseball, birds, four-wheeling and snowmobiling. Some of Jerry’s fondest memories were those spent with his best friends Tom Berryment and Harold Walker. He also was always up to a competitive game of cards. He would play cards on Friday night with the family and would get so riled he would end up in the ER with chest pains, and then he enjoyed Sunday morning cribbage games with his brother Charles.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 50 years, Virginia Tibbetts Johnson; a son, Eric Johnson and fiancé Wednesday Westleigh of South Paris; a daughter, Michele Johnson-Wakefield and husband Ray of Bryant Pond; grandchildren, Jacob and Jennifer Wakefield, Shania, Shaq and Colby; a brother, Charles L. Johnson and wife Wanda of Bryant Pond; sisters, Gloria Mae Johnson-Robinson and husband Royce of Groton, Conn., and Marcia J. Morgan-Monk and husband Percy of Mason Township; half-brothers, James Johnson of Greenwood and Jeffrey Johnson of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Ann Morgan-Seames and Carla Jane Morgan-Martin; his stepfather, Edgar Morgan; his mother, Julia Briggs Morgan; his father, Oscar Gerald Johnson; stepmother, Evelyn “Diddy” Johnson; and one of his best friends, Tom Berryment of Bryant Pond.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.andrewsgreenleaf.com
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Locke Mills Union Church.