Just received some very sad news. Many of the collectors here will recognize the name of Jim Johnson. Here's a copy of an email I just received from the family...
We are writing to share the sad news that Jim Johnson passed away on Friday, August 12. A copy of his obituary is pasted below.
AUBURN ̶ R. James (Jim) Johnson, 72, husband of Kathryn E. Johnson, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse surrounded by his family. Born in Canandaigua, New York, he was the son of the late Robert Johnson and Naomi Knapp. He graduated from Red Jacket High School, Auburn Community College, and Utica College. He was employed by the New York State Division for Youth for many years. After retiring, Jim continued to work with the Cayuga County Family Court and Safe Schools. He was an avid music fan who also enjoyed photography, reading, and traveling. Among his favorite destinations were Oregon, Rhode Island, other states featuring lighthouses, and cruises. One of his favorite hobbies was collecting, and he was a long-time member of Harbour Lights Collector’s Society. He volunteered for many organizations including the Cayuga County Youth Bureau and Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Folk Festival. Jim always went out of his way to help others and will be missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years; his daughter Jennifer Johnson; his daughter Sara Johnson (Pawlowicz) and her husband Stephen; his two beloved grandchildren Abigail and Alec Pawlowicz; his brother Gary; his in laws Alma and Gerald Sedor; Judith and Richard Sheftic; Bernard and Carol Deering; Mary and William Currier; several nieces and nephews; and many life-long friends. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Johnson Shephard of Geneva.
Friends and relatives are invited to call from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, August 16th at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South Street, Auburn. A brief service will follow at 6 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Owasco Volunteer Fire Department, 7174 Owasco Road, Auburn, NY 13021.