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RICHARD A. JOHNSON Jr.

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RICHARD A. JOHNSON Jr. Obituary
JOHNSON, Richard A. Jr. Age 84, of Lantana, FL, and formerly of Newton Centre, MA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, August 4th, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Joan Myers Johnson. Dick moved to Lantana in 2009 as he had strong ties to Palm Beach, his parents Myna and Dick Johnson having been longtime residents of Manalapan and members of the Everglades Club. Raised in New York City and Glen Cove Long Island he graduated from the Peddie School in 1949 (Gold Key Honor Society) and graduated with honors from Yale University in 1953. Dick was very athletic and was an accomplished baseball player in high school and was on the swimming and football teams at Yale. After Yale he served in Army Military Intelligence, Far East Command, during the Korean war. Dashing and charismatic in his youth, he had all the admiring girls convinced that "penthouse serenade" was their special song until he met his beloved wife Joan. An engineer by profession, Dick worked in the family construction business, the Arthur A. Johnson Co. in New York City, until the sale of the company. From 1974 to 2009 he lived in Newton Center, MA and was General Manager at T. Equip. Corp. in Dorchester which specialized in bridge and tunnel work. Dick loved great wine and was an outstanding cook known for scouring the Boston Haymarket and fishing piers for the best ingredients. A writer at heart, he relished postprandial discussions of T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land and the works of Ernest Hemingway over a glass of Strega. Dick was also a great lover of animals and took in many strays at home and at the office. His beloved dog "Omo" ruled his home for many precious years. He is survived by his son Richard A. Johnson, III, his daughter Hawley Johnson and her husband Tony Hemmelgarn and two fur grandchildren, Lola (Pug) and Boodha (French Bulldog). As per his wishes, there will be no service and Interment will be private. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Yale University, the Peddie School or the Animal Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 18, 2016
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