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Robert E. Johnson


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Robert E. Johnson Obituary
Robert Enoch Johnson, 86, died Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Destin, Florida, following a period of illness. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Nancy (Humphrey) Johnson; four children, their spouses, and ten grandchildren, son, Robert Johnson, his wife Susan, their son, Elijah and his wife Kaitlin, and their other sons, Gabriel and Zachary; daughter, Lauri Woods, her husband Ellis, their daughter, Margaret, and their sons, Michael and Matthew; son, Richard, his wife Ellie, and their daughters, Kai and Naomi; and son, Peter, his wife Christine, and their daughter, Natalie and son, Saunder. He also was much loved by many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends in the Boston area and beyond. Born in Quincy Hospital, January 22, 1930, and raised in Milton on Johnson Street, Mr. Johnson was the son of Carl and Lillian Johnson and twin brother of Beatrice (Johnson) Haglund, who preceded him in death along with brothers, Paul, Clifford, and Roy, and sister, Marian Johnson. The family was very active in the Swedish Covenant Church (now Covenant Church of Quincy). Mr. Johnson graduated from Milton High School in 1947 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1952. He served as an officer in the Navy from 1952 to 1956 and then began a long career in civil engineering and construction management. His work took Mr. Johnson and his family through many locations including Forest Hills and Ithaca, New York; Hingham and Somerset, Mass.; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and then for over 20 years in Fort Myers, Florida. Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson settled in Hernando, Florida. Mr. Johnson began his engineering career after the Navy with Turner Construction, where his roles included project management for the innovative Pan Am terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Later with Stone & Webster, he managed highway design and construction for a new nuclear power plant in northern Virginia. Then for over 20 years he led Gilvesy Construction in Fort Myers as vice president overseeing a wide range of commercial and residential projects. He finished his career with the City of Fort Myers managing development of a new spring training facility for none other than his beloved Boston Red Sox. Among his many interests, Mr. Johnson was an avid tennis player and also enjoyed golf, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and books of all kinds. His funeral will be held Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at the Hamel, Wickens, and Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St., Quincy Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the start of the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors to follow at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Johnson's memory may be made to New England Seafarers Mission -a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church- online at www.neseafarers.org. Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Quincy Center
Published in The Weymouth News from Dec. 8 to Dec. 21, 2016
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