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JOHNSON, ROBERT E. " BOB" Robert "Bob" E. Johnson, age 97, of Hamden, passed away on March 11, 2013. Born in New Haven on August 30, 1915, he was a son of the late Adolph & Edna Robbins Johnson. Robert is survived by his wife of 70 years, E. Virginia Vickrey Johnson; his sons, Ronald Johnson & his wife Linda and Keith Johnson all of Hamden; his daughters, Jennifer Johnson & her husband Arthur W. of North Haven and Dianne Clifford of Portland, OR; his daughter-in-law, Jill Johnson-Noel & her husband John Noel; his grandchildren Tynika, Shandel, Dayna, Jessica, Ashley & Rob; his great grandchildren Ayla & Nerys and his brother Howard Johnson of Branford. Robert was predeceased by his son Gregory Johnson and his grandson Brian. A graduate of Hillhouse High School, Mercersburg Prep in Pennsylvania,
Ohio State University
and received his Master's Degree & Sixth Year Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He was a competitive swimmer and an aquatic safety instructor with many accomplishments which lead to his induction into the International Hall of Fame. While at Ohio State he was a National Swimming Champion, he won the Cross Harbor Swim in New Haven and held many swim records at Mercersburg Prep. He volunteered as an official for the
, the Senior Olympics and US Swimming Competitions. Robert volunteered at the Red Cross for over 50 years, the AAU and he coached and taught at the Branford Middle School. For his 70 years as a swimming teacher, coach, water safety instructor and safety official, he received the Paragon Award from the ISHOF. Robert was the vice president of the former Bellmore - Johnson Tool Co. in Hamden and former swim coach and physical education teacher for over 20 years at
Veteran, he was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, Robert spent most of his life in Hamden, his summers in Mansfield Grove in East Haven and he always enjoyed playing the piano. His funeral will be held privately with his family. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. In lieu of flowers contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 703 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511, to send a condolence to his family please see:
Published in The New Haven Register on Mar. 12, 2013
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"Pappie, summer is near and it is going to be so hard going to the cottage without you there! Ill always..."
- Ashley Johnson
"Dear Virginia and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He certainly lived a full and active..."
"Our deepest sympathy to the Johnson family.. Mr Bob Johnson was a man to be admired and will always..."
- Rick Sapper
"Pappy you were a wonderful, kind, and generous person. I will never forget the times spent with the..."
- Mark Cruz
"Such a great man you were Bob! Thank you for all the stories and times at your cottage. You and..."
- Michelle Coppola
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