KANE - George A. "Bud" Johnson, 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 Ernest E. and Iva M. VanAernam Johnson on Nov. 12, 1941. His wife, Anna Jean Hudson Johnson, whom he married on Jan. 8, 1964, preceded him in death on March 1, 1984.
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 Township Fire Department. 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. He enjoyed the company of his companion, Cheyenne "Pi-Pi", his blue healer dog, who never left his side.
He was cared for by his grandson Scotty and his wife Ashley.
Surviving are a daughter, Theresa (Haight) Johnson; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Clara (Tom) Johnson-Lata of Erie; his brother, Ernest L. (Tammy) Johnson of Smethport; plus many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his "Little Angel," Lynn Marie Johnson at birth, who is buried at the foot of her grandfather's grave.
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.
Burial will take place later privately in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westline Community Church or to the McKean County 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