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Alan R. Johnson

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GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Mr. Alan R. Johnson, 79, of Plum Tree Lane, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield following a period of declining health.

Mr. Johnson was born in Greenfield on Oct. 16, 1924, a son to David N. and Hazel E. (Beebe) Johnson. He was educated in Greenfield public schools, a graduate of Greenfield High School, class of 1943.

Mr. Johnson served honorably during WW II in the U.S. Army as a member of the 569th Anti-aircraft Battalion, Battery C, attaining the rank of PFC, from June 1943 until March 1946. He returned to civilian life and worked for the former Millers Falls Tool Co. for more than 30 years, and later for the town of Greenfield School Department as a custodian, retiring in 1989.

Following his retirement, he was the custodian for the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield for several years. He was a former past commander, former chaplain and life member of the John F. Harrington Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 417 in Greenfield.

He was the annual “Buddy Poppy Drive” chairman for many years. He was a former assistant scout leader with Troop 10 in Greenfield for many years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield.

He married the former Margaret E. Dorman in Pownal, Vt. on June 4, 1949. They made their home in Greenfield since that time.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years; two sons, Dennis A. of Turners Falls and Carl R. and his wife, Cheryl, of Bernardston; one daughter, Charon Marie Masoero and her husband, Jerry, of Attleboro; two sisters, Elinor Monfils of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and Donna Curtis of Pasadena, Calif.; five grandchildren, Lori, Bethaney, Adam, Crystal and Heather Johnson; additionally, there are several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be observed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003 from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis LeBlanc to officiate. Interment with full military honors will follow in the North Meadow Cemetery, Greenfield.

Visiting hours will be conducted Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, Canton, OH 44720.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 1, 2003
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