Kenneth Francis Johnson, 88, of South Windsor, formerly of Tolland, beloved husband for 66 years of Constance "Connie" (Downes) Johnson, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.
Kenneth was born on March 18, 1933, in Worcester, Massachusetts, one of two children of the late Henry and Marian (Ericson) Johnson. Kenneth graduated from Shrewsbury High School, Massachusetts, and Tilton Prep School, New Hampshire, earning his associate degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Junior College. Later he earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana. Over the years, Kenneth worked for a number of different companies prior to employment at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, where he began as an assistant Project Engineer before moving to the marketing department as an airlines account representative. Kenneth was promoted to vice president of marketing for the Pacific-and Middle East region, and finally to vice president of Worldwide Airline customer-support, which he held until retirement in 1992, after 28 years of dedicated service. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, with an enormous enthusiasm for life. Kenneth was involved in his son's activities for a number of years in the YMCA Indian Guides and Cub Scouts. He also coached Little League baseball and served as both an Aasistant and head Scoutmaster of Tolland, Scout Troop 15. Kenneth was a skilled craftsman in car mechanics, floral gardens, stained-glass work, woodworking, and artistic painting. He ultimately concentrated his efforts on bird carving, where he received many awards during his 25 years of competition. Painting and colors became such as passion that he published his own book of color mixing. For 20 years, Ken and Connie summered in Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, where they welcomed their family and dear friends; enjoying great fellowship and creating lasting memories.
In addition to his beloved Connie, he is survived by his three sons, Brian Johnson and his wife, Linda of Tucson, Arizona, Barry Johnson and his wife, Karen of Union, and Bruce Johnson and his wife, Pamela of Takamatsu, Japan; his eight loved and cherished grandchildren, Heather Johnson, Jose Alberdi, Justin Johnson and his wife, Kyra, Hannah Morrison and her husband, Sean, Chelsea Johnson, Rebeckah Burke and her husband, Josh, Aaron Johnson, and Andrew Johnson; and eight special great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was predeceased by his brother, Donald Johnson.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road, Vernon.
Kenneth's Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m., at the Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, 661 Avery St., South Windsor, followed by a luncheon for family and friends. Burial will be private for immediate family in South Cemetery, Tolland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Avery Street Christian Reformed Church.
To leave an online condolence, please visitwww.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2021.