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Grant JOHNSON
1948 - 2021
BORN
1948
DIED
2021
JOHNSON, Grant Roger:
18.06.1948 to 24.11.2021
Dearly loved husband and soulmate of Linda Fraser. Loved and respected father, step-father and father-in-law of Peter and Vanessa Johnson (Hamilton), Melissa and Tony Kerkhoff (Putaruru), Jan-Maree Fraser and Traci Robins (Ballarat, Australia), and Natalie Fraser and Marcus Chawner (Beachlands, Auckland). Special Granddad of Xanthe and Felix; Jordan and Georgia Johnson; Isaac and Jazmin Kerkhoff. Adored Grant of Alexia and Blake Fraser-Davis; Kirby, Carter and Harper Robins-Fraser. He felt proud to be a Great-Granddad of Jack and Max Johnson. Eldest son of Roger (dec) and Norma Johnson (Moana House Whangamata) and big brother and brother-in-law of Warwick (dec) and Mary Johnson (Hamilton) and Jenny Stewart (Whangamata). Widower of the late Joan. Friend of Kay Davis and the Chawner whanau & special friends and travel companions, Lynn and Brien Higgins. Grateful thanks to Oncologist Hugh Goodman and his valuable team who have kept Grant 'knocking on heaven's door' for the last nine years & nine months. Special, special thanks to the Anglesea Pharmacy for their unwavering professional service and Zig Khouri, his GP for 26 years.
Grant's knocking on Heaven's door has been answered. Rest in peace darling.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Waikato and left at the service. A celebration of Grant's life will be held at Woodland Estate, 42 Whitikahu Road, Taupiri, on Wednesday 1 December 2021 at 1.30pm, for invited family and friends only. A livestream will available for those who cannot attend due to distance or Covid restrictions.


Published by Waikato Times on Nov. 27, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Dec
1
Celebration of Life
1:30p.m.
Woodland Estate
42 Whitikahu Road, Taupiri, Waikato
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Dear Linda Although we did not know Grant he´s sounds like a great guy . So sorry to hear of your sad loss .The years go by but we still have great memories of you and Ann when you stayed in Edgecumbe and Ohope for the school holidays . Love to see you if you are ever down this way Love Brian & Pam
Brian & Pam Yardley 2 Camelia Lane Whakatane Ph 0273070046
December 2, 2021
Deepest sympathy to Sissy & Peter for your father's passing. We remember the holidays our familys spent together up at Matauri bay & at your families Bach in Whangamata. To Grant's family we offer our heartfelt condolences & lots of love, from the George Whanau.
John Maureen Tania and Aaron George
Friend
December 1, 2021
Dear Ness, Pete, Xanthe and Felix, Linda and Family - we were so sorry to hear of Grant´s passing - always in the background with a bit of a smile at the events we attended with you all - taking it all in and always up for a chat. Grant was a lovely man and a wonderful husband to Linda - soulmates indeed. We wish you all much love and only the happiest of memories as you reflect on his life together Xx
Jortin, Adele, Maggie and Ellie
Friend
November 30, 2021
Our sincerest sympathies to you all. Or to y'all as we say here in Texas. We so enjoyed seeing you here, and are so glad you were able to take your dream vacation. Grant was a funny, lovely person, and we know he will be greatly missed. Linda, you are also a truly special person, and we know he loved you so much. We hope to be able to come to NZ sometime soon and will definitely organize a visit!
John and Elizabeth Linnell
Family
November 30, 2021
Rest in peace dear Grant - will treasure memories of moments together in our youth and also recently
Jenny and Roberto Nobili
Family
November 30, 2021
Deepest Condolences.. Grant was a wonderful human being. Now he has found peace, may you find it also. All our love xx
Karen & Paul Shadbolt and family
November 29, 2021
So sorry for your loss. A great man who helped me be where I am today, and a good few others too I bet. I first met Grant in 2006. It quickly became apparent that he was the go to man for everything in ELX. If anyone had a curly question it was , go and see Grant! Many times I would go down to his office for advice, help, confirmation or just a chat, some times we´d disagree but he was always willing to listen to other points of view no matter what their position. I think that´s why he was so popular with all the field staff, he saw everyone as an equal of each other. He has certainly been missed around here since he retired and will be more so now. He used to call me his tame Pommie which was mild to some nicknames he had for people. I loved the way he called it as he saw it, and didn´t beat around the bush. His refusal to let Cancer beat him down should be an inspiration to many others.
Alex Blackhall
Work
November 29, 2021
Rest In Peace Grant
Roldan Quilang
Work
November 29, 2021
Grant and Linda I´m truly grateful that I had a chance to meet up with you recently and hear about your adventures locally and overseas. Seeing how you were living your life to the fullest, as much as you could. It´s inspirational. Now I wish Grant will rest in peace in his new destination. Linda, with Grant gone, there will most likely be a big void in your life. Under the circumstances (Covid) it is even more challenging. Please reach out. Not just now, but also in the future. Any time you need to. And may his `golden heart´ live on in yours. Me te aroha, Mel
Melony Dee
Friend
November 29, 2021
"Grant was a wonderful caring person who would help anyone in need. It was so nice to work with someone who had no understanding of what being "PC" meant, I loved it. Our lives are much richer for having him around. He will be greatly missed. There isn´t another one like him."
Debbie Hoy
Work
November 29, 2021
While I wasn´t lucky enough to work with Grant at Electrix his presence has been felt by me in a lot of what we do today. My personal interactions with him were at our Safety Days which he always attended and was passionate about. Grant, as we know, held ourselves and our clients to account. Below is an extract from what he passed on to me to read to everyone at our safety day last July, which he was unable to attend. I still believe 'Safety at Work' is super important, and everyone in this room must be in a position to return home to their Whanau safe and well each and every day. I am passionate about watching out for our fellow worker, please watch out for each other and if you have safety issues on the job please don't hesitate to share with your Management. Go to the top if you believe you are not being listened to. "Make sure you look after each other," it would be great to go through a year without any accident. This is achievable. Please do your bit. Enjoy your Safety Day. Have a safe year. Regards Grant This summed up Grant´s passion for health and safety and for looking after one another. He had no problem going to the top to do what was right. Grant has been a big part of forming the Electrix whanau. Rest in Peace Grant.
Steve Horn
Work
November 29, 2021
Well that is the end of an era. I met first met Grant in 1983 but knew him much better from 1990. From my perspective, Grant was a loyal, hard working and dedicated person, a real character and definitely one of a kind. He had a wicked sense of humour and I am sure he made everyone who knew him laugh at some time or other. May he rest in peace.
Phil Patrick
Work
November 29, 2021
So sorry to hear this. He was a great man and a good friend to everyone. RIP
Les McKenzie
Work
November 29, 2021
I was the Electrix General Manager until 1995. Grant was a top manager with just the right manner to run the NI Transmission Line business. I learned a lot from him and also had some very funny moments. It is very sad news. I do remember what a pillar of strength Linda was for him. If there is an opportunity to say something to him from me it would be this. "He was a very good and compassionate man who made an immense contribution to Electrix. He had his own quirky style and sense of humour which worked very well in his relationships with his staff and others around him. He should be proud of his achievements."
Geoff Hunt
Work
November 29, 2021
"I'm still here " He would say. I admired that recent greeting that Grant used when we caught up. I'm sorry that he is "there" now but all agree than he had a good run. Grant was a well liked, colourful figure in the transmission line industry, I will miss our random 'Catch-ups'. Linda. I offer Yvonne and my condolences. Hope you and your family stay well in these trying times. John L.
John Larking
Work
November 27, 2021
Our sympathy to you all, all the years have past but some people are hard to forget, remember the Hukanui days.
Lynne and Tim Winter and Simon and Sarah
Friend
November 27, 2021
JOHNSON, Grant: 18.06.1948 to 24.11.2021Loved parent of Jan-Maree Fraser and father-in-law of Traci Robins. Cherished Grandad of Lex, Blake, Kirby, Carter and Harper. Friend/NZ-in-law to Mike Robins (and Carmel, dec). Family to Kay Davis. Grant was strong-minded, straight-talking, kind-hearted and loved his family deeply. There's a James Dean quote: "Only the gentle are ever really strong" – Grant, had a gentle strength, the epitome of Kia Kaha ('Stand tall, be strong'). Your Australian family all remember you with love and miss you more than words could ever say. We are thinking of Linda/Mum/Granee as well as Peter, Melissa, Natalie and their families. Kia Kaha – Grant may be gone but he is never forgotten.

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