Philip C. Johnson |
Virginia Beach - Phil Johnson, 75, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2014 at Windermere Rehabilitation Center in Virginia Beach. Phil was born February 22, 1939, in Newark, New Jersey. He was the son of the late Wilfred and Elaine Curran Johnson.
He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1962 and entered the Extended Active Duty in the United States Coast Guard, serving out of both Miami, FL and Alameda, CA. He then served as the Trust Marketing Officer with Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC, while pursuing graduate studies at the New York School of Business. After serving many years in the Coast Guard Reserve he re-entered active duty as Commander of the Atlantic Area US Coast Guard, at Governors Island, NY. Captain Johnson retired from the Coast Guard in 1985. He then pursued a career as a Field Engineer with Syscon Corporation from 1986-1992, until he entered the Military Transition Program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to become a teacher. He enjoyed teaching math and science classes at the Literacy Center, as well as Brandon Middle School from 1992-1998. Upon retiring from teaching, he continued to share his spirit of life and love of people by becoming an area sales rep for Sentry Table pads.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 happy and adventurous years, Kathryn Wrenn Johnson, his daughter Charlotte Aaron (Ken) of Baton Rouge, LA., son Paul Johnson of New Orleans, LA., daughter Elaine Johnson and husband David Kurtz of Washington, DC, and his four sweet and loved grandchildren, Philip and Daniel Paulson and Rebecca and Samuel Kurtz. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Peter Johnson and his wife, A. Patricia Johnson of Cary, NC and their children, Wayne Michael Johnson of Durham, NC, Victoria Velazquez (Victor L). of Towson, Maryland and his Godson, Scott Thomas and wife Concetta Marie of Winston Salem, NC. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sue Anne Wrenn of Matthews, NC and her daughter, Rebecca Thompson of McKinney, Texas.
Phil was a licensed pilot with a commercial rating and a seaplane rating. He enjoyed sailing the bay with the Norfolk Navy Sailing Association in his beloved 35 foot Allied Sea breeze, Fanaire. His love of dogs was evident by he and his wife raising 5 puppies of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and loving and caring for many others including his current ones, Lois and Clark, which he took to the dog park or bay each day. He also enjoyed his duties as Vice-President of his neighborhood Civic League.
Phil never met a stranger and enjoyed chatting with everyone especially in his water aerobics classes. He had an unending quest for knowledge and sought learning at every opportunity.
His funeral service will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2PM at Eastern Shore Chapel, 2020 Laskin Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd. Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 10598 or Lab Rescue of Northern Virginia. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be made at hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 18, 2014