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Marshall Johnson

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 1932 – Dec 27, 2020 (Age 88)


February 20, 1932
December 27, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Beckett-Brown & Hodges Funeral Home - Philadelphia Obituary

Marshall Johnson was born in Philadelphia on February 20, 1932 to the parents of James and Elsie Johnson.  He was called home to be with the Lord on December 27, 2020.

Marshall was educated in the School District of Philadelphia.  Upon graduation, he married Betty May and to that union, three sons were born, (Stephen, Leslie, and Gregory).  Later in life, Marshall met his life partner, Ruth Beasley.  From this union, his fourth child and only daughter, Monique, was born.

Marshall held various jobs from an early age.  At his first job, he worked as a Driver and later became manager of Circle C Cleaners.  He enjoyed driving and meeting new and interesting people. Later he worked as a driver for the Yellow Cab Company where again he met different people.  Marshall also worked as a Route Supervisor for Arcade Vending Company where he continued to build his contacts.  He later worked as Insurance Agent for New York Life.  His most rewarding job was as a Front Desk Concierge at the Dorchester Condo, where he worked from 1976 until his death.  This job allowed Marshall to utilize his God-given gifts that he loved the most; listening to Jazz, talking to people, and driving clients to different destinations.  Marshall did not consider this work because it was something that he would have done without compensation.

Marshall was an avid traveler and worked part-time as a Travel Promoter.  He enjoyed booking tours and traveling (particularly cruising) to the Caribbean Islands and to Europe and Africa. During this employment, Marshall impressed clients with his immaculate and strong sense of style by the way he dressed. His favorite stores were Boyd’s, Neiman Marcus and Barney’s of New York.

One of the great things about Marshall was his memory.  He would never allow a birthday or holiday to go by without his acknowledgment of a card and a check.

Marshall leaves to mourn, his life partner, Ruth; Children, Stephen (Phyllis); Leslie (Yassmin); Gregory (Kimberly); Monique (Paul); 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; three nephews, Ralph, John, and Stanley; along with a host of other family and friends. 


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My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort. Mr. Johnson was a great cook, and he made the best grilled asparagus.

I met Mr Marshall 1999 - 2004 at start of employment in the Dorchester as a living on call Maintenance Dept. I shall never forget Thursday nights when Marshall ritually on duty. Marshall was always straight forward regarding the residents emergency calls like no one else. I used to cringed when he called but personally Marshall played a major part of improving my patience during that time of my employment . Having many conversations with him was always priceless to me. I shall always have him...

Grandfather Marshall, Brittanie-Claire A. Johnson (Granddaughter), Stephen L. Johnson (Eldest Son)

My Grandfather Marshall was one of my favorite men in the world. I have his love of music, baking, cooking and entertaining. He was loyal to his grandchildren and loves us dearly.

I am sadded to hear of my uncles death. I just saw him On December 12. I hadn't seen him in quite sometime. He still had that smile that lit up a room. Rest in peace uncle. My condolences to the family. Im sure u will be playing your jazz up in heaven. Will miss you. Love Renee

Marshall will be sorely missed by all of us at the Dorchester. It was always a pleasure to return home and see his wonderful sweet smile, and hear the music he played. Marshall was a warm and gracious person. He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. I feel saddened by his sudden passing and he will remain in our thoughts. My sincerest condolences.

I miss your smile, I miss your music, I miss you.
Bless you. You were an asset to the world .

We have been living at the Dorchester since July of 2020. We both remarked that Marshall was an absolutely perfect gentleman. Although our association was short, it was an honor to know this fine person. Condolences to the family. You can be very proud of this dear man. John & Joan Markovich

Our sympathies are with Marshall’s family and friends at this difficult time on the passing of our valued friend Marshall for more than 40 years! His pleasant smile, his warm welcomed greetings at The Dorchester, his close friendship as a “member” of our family, his love of life ever willing to help others, and his love of jazz will never be forgotten! May Marshall Rest In Peace and may his fine legacy endure! We shall ever keep Marshall in our thoughts for all he meant to us. He was and...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of God, friends and family comfort you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17