George A. "Bud" Johnson, age 71, passed away into the arms of our Lord on Monday evening, April 22, 2013, at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport following a brief illness. He was born in Kane to the late Ernest E. and Iva M. VanAernam Johnson on November 12th, 1941. Although, George had made his residence lately in Kane, he was raised in Westline. He was formerly employed at Affiliated Industries, and retired from the Westline Inn. For over 30 years he was a volunteer fireman / first responder and drove the truck for the Lafayette Fire Dept. He was once nominated as "Fireman of the year." George also was a 29 year member of AA and very proud of the coin he earned, and he committed himself to attend the meetings. At one time a local TV station aired a segment when George was explaining the "wild leek" and where it comes from and how it can be used. He was so proud of this program. He loved to play cribbage with his sister, and went to bingo very often and also like to call bingo for the people. He also liked to go fishing with his grandson, Scotty. His wife, Anna Jean (Hudson) Johnson, whom he married on January 8, 1964, preceded him in death on March 1st of 1984. He was also preceded in death by his "Little Angel", Lynn Marie Johnson at birth, who is buried at the foot of her grandfather's grave. He is survived by his sister, Clara Johnson-Lata and her husband Tom of Erie; his brother, Ernest L. Johnson and his wife Tammy of Smethport; a daughter Theresa (Haight) Johnson; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, plus many nieces, nephews and friends. We would also like to mention that he was taken care of with love by his grandson Scotty and his wife Ashley. Finally, he is survived by his wonderful companion, Cheyenne "Pi-Pi", his blue healer dog, who never left his side! We would also like to thank the wonderful nurses that were assigned to visit him from Community Care Hospice, the Dept. of Aging and Sena Kean Manor. At this time there will be no calling hours. At a date to be announced, a Christian Celebration of his life will be held at the Westline Community Church with a visitation afterward. We hope that people who knew him, loved him, and were friends with him, will come to this important last gathering. "Life...so fragile, Loss...so sudden, Heart...so broken...in the wake of such loss, we are haunted by things we don't and may never understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So we look for comfort in the belief of Love's everlasting connection. May that love lift us and hold us close, and give us PEACE". Interment will take place later privately in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westline Community Church or to the McKean Co. S.P.C.A. Arrangements are in the care of the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. in Kane. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com
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Kane, PA 16735
Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 24, 2013