BELCHERTOWN - Warren H. Johnson, 91, of Daniel Square, passed peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at home with his family by his side and was reunited with the love of his life, Pauline.
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He was born Oct. 22, 1921, to May (Bliss) and Oscar Johnson and was raised on the family farm in the Hockanum section of Hadley.
Warren proudly served his country during World War II as a tail gunner on the B17 "Lovely Lady". He left Westover Air Force base and was stationed in England where he flew 30 missions, two on D-Day and for this service he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He was employed for over 30 years at Lane Construction, where he was a foreman and dynamite specialist helping construct the Eisenhower Interstate System. During his years at Lane, he and his wife Pauline relocated throughout New England, New York and Pennsylvania and settled in Belchertown in 1963.
Warren was very active in the Masons, serving as Master of Vernon and Quaboag lodges, secretary to Quaboag Lodge, District Deputy Grand Master to the Palmer 19th Disctrict and recieved the Joseph P. Warren award. Warren was also patron and secretary to Mount Vernon Chaper #97 Order of the Eastern Star and will be affectionately remembered by friends and family as the "Grand Pooh Bah."
Warren was very active in the community, never passing up a game of cards, checkers, solitare or horse shoes... and let's not forget the occassional Burger Basket at Hawley's or the soft serve from Cindy's.
The family apologizes for any omissions, Warren H. Johnson was always very busy.
In 2011, Warren was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Pauline.
He will be missed by his children Catherine Sabbagh and her husband Nabih of Windsor, Conn., Clair Partridge of Belchertown and David Johnson and his wife Elizabeth of Granby, along with seven grandchildren, Jessica, Stefan, Jill, Kristen, Meghan, Melissa and Amanda and his five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jared, Camron, Naiya and Nia.
Warren was predeceased by a son-in-law David Patridge and two sisters, Trot (Eleanor Spencer) and Budgie (Elizabeth Harrop).
The family wishes to thank Overlook Masonic Healthcare Center and Cooley Dickinson Hospice for their care and support.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home with memorial services by Mount Vernon Order of the Eastern Star, Vernon Masonic Lodge, and military honors at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA.
For details, please visit www.beersandstory.com.
All that knew Warren remember how much over the past two years he has missed his beloved Pauline (Grammie). The family would like to share an updated poem Warren wrote, after her passing, to help his broken heart.
There comes a time
In this wide world
When two lovebirds have to part.
One is gone
The other remains
With a tired and broken heart.
But the day has come
They have met again
To be together
Each others love.
Rest well gentle man. Your work is done. Love, Cathy, David and Clair.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 28, 2013
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