Thomas Johnson
1942 - 2021
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful father, Thomas Johnson. Tom passed away May 6, 2021 at Joseph Brant Hospital after a valiant battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Tom was best friend and Husband to Judy Johnson (Munce) for 58 years. He was a proud and loving father to Jeff (Jean), Mark (Jessica), Jen (Aaron) and TJ (Anna), and an amazing Poppa to 10 beautiful grandchildren, Meredith, Kate, Skylar, Reese, Megan, Ryan, Aidan, Lily, Lucy and Tommy.

Thomas George Johnson was born in Hamilton on July 20, 1942 to Edward and Ethel Johnson. Survived by his siblings Charlotte (John), Lynn (Sid) and David (Carla). Loving brother-in-law to Barb (Tom), Rob (Trish) and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Kenny (Leslie), brother-in-law Greg Munce and in-laws Lorne and Peggy Munce. Tom had many dear friends, near and far that we know will miss him tremendously.

Tom attended Delta Secondary High School in Hamilton where he met his bride, Judy (nee Munce). Tom played football for the Burlington Braves before going stateside in 1962 where he went on to play at Kent State University in Ohio on scholarship. He lettered each year and earned the nickname "The Canadian Crusher".

After returning to Canada in 1966, he went on to play football with the McMaster Marauders while obtaining his teaching degree. Tom started teaching Science and Physical Education at Eastern Commerce in Toronto before moving to Burlington where he continued his career at Nelson High School (1969-1975) and then at Oakville Trafalgar High School as the head of the Phys. Ed department. (1976-1985). In 1985 he became a Vice Principal and eventually retired in 1997.

In addition to teaching, Tom coached and mentored hundreds of student athletes as the head football coach at Nelson High School (league champs in 1975, 1977) and Oakville Trafalgar High School, where he led his team to the League Championship in 1985.

Tom had many accomplishments in his life, but nothing compared to the love he had for his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and Poppa. He was so proud of all of his children and their accomplishments.

Tom loved to travel and especially loved hanging out at the beach. He loved teaching and telling stories. He had a love/hate relationship with the game of golf and especially loved a whiskey by the fire as long as his family was there.

So, we'll be raising a glass for you tonight, Dad. We love you and miss you more than you'll ever know. You meant the world to us. Dad will be cremated and laid to rest at Burlington Memorial Gardens. When we can all get together safely, a celebration of life will be planned.
We'd like to thank Dr. Jerome, Dr. Faloudi, Dr. Nisker and Dr. Garland and all the amazing nurses at Joseph Brant for their wonderful care.

Lastly, In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton For our friends and family in the US please consider donating to

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on May 8, 2021.
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May 26, 2021
I was a student at OT. Mr. Johnson will always be remembered as a kind, thoughtful leader by those lucky enough to have spent time with him. My sincere condolences to the family.
Trish (Price) Blanchard
May 26, 2021
My condolences. Mr. Johnson had a very positive impact on my life. I played football for him at OT. The Phys Ed staff and Tom changed my career goals. I came back to OT in 1985 and Tom was my associate teacher. I was a PHE head for many years in Waterloo. I eventually became a High School Principal in 2000. I recently retired. I have clear memories of a discussion we had in his green AMC station wagon. A great mentor for me.
Brian Quistberg
Brian Quistberg
May 10, 2021
Our condolences to all of you. Very Sorry to hear of Tom's Passing. He was a nice guy.
We are thinking of you.
Fred Meyer
May 10, 2021
So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. While our relationship was short-lived, it was fulfilling and enjoyable. We may hold the distinction of being the only two former Burlington Braves players to be fired as coaches of the team in subsequent years. Deepest condolences to Judy and the rest of Tom’s loving family.
David Hutton
May 9, 2021
Tom was my amazing Phys.Ed department head at OTHS from 1976 to 1979. He was such a fine man with a great sense of humour. His love for Judy and his kids was the most important part of his life. I wish his family and friends my deepest condolences in their loss. He has left a lasting legacy with his family, friends and colleagues.

Pam Calvert
Pam Calvert
May 9, 2021
Tom was an amazing teacher, coach, leader, mentor and friend. I was a student of his at OTHS and feel so fortunate to have been part of an outstanding era, that Tom was an integral part of. He was always fun, respectful, encouraging and just an amazing human being. He certainly was a role model to me as I pursued a career as a teacher as well, and can only hope that I am a good product of what he instilled in his students and teachers. Our path crossed a few years ago in an impromptu OT reunion and it was so nice to share a pint and stories with him. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us, as I know how much he gave to his extended “family” .
Pamela Bovey
May 9, 2021
I have so much admiration and respect for Tom. I had the priviledge to coach with Tom for a few years and they were the best years I had as a coach. Tom was a defining factor in making OT as great as it was. The respect and affection the students had and have for Tom was obvious when we had reunions of teams or graduating years.
Tom's knowledge, organization and warmth had a large effect on me and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to work with him.
Tom spoke often of how proud he was of his family. He was a wonderful man and I very sad to hear of his passing.
Rick Capron
May 8, 2021
Tom was a genuinely decent man who made a difference in the lives of the students and staff at General Brock High School. Tom's calm demeanor and positive outlook never varied. He was both a colleague and friend. My sincerest condolences to Judy and the family. RIP Tom.
Bernie McGarry
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