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Official Obituary of: George Owen Johnson, Jr. 06/29/2018

George Owen Johnson, Jr. 06/29/2018

NORTH ATTLEBORO – George Owen Johnson, Jr., age 57, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2018, after a courageous battle against cancer.  He was the son of Captain George O. Johnson, USMC, Retired, and the late Donna M. (Puccio) Johnson.

 

George was born on July 20, 1960, in Waterbury, CT, and was a proud North Attleboro HS graduate, class of 1978, where he was the beloved student manager of several varsity teams.  One of his most prized possessions was his 1974 Football Super Bowl Championship ring.

 

After earning his degree from Becker Junior College, George eventually began his 31-year career at the Hockomock Area YMCA, where he worked in various departments and program areas:  membership, childwatch, fitness centers, sports and aquatics, school age childcare, summer camp, teens, facilities and the Integration Initiative.  However, his favorite role was teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages and abilities. 

 

George was a devoted supporter of the North Attleboro HS Red Rocketeers, and an ardent fan of professional wrestling and other major sports.  His favorite professional sports team was the San Francisco 49ers.  Throughout most of his adult life, George participated in men’s slow pitch softball, and he was also a proud member of both the Mansfield Elks and the Massachusetts High School Football Officials Association. George enjoyed officiating slow pitch softball, Pop Warner football, youth basketball and multiple other sports at the YMCA.

 

In 2016, George was presented the Marge Kraskouskas Legacy of Caring Award for his “unyielding passion and commitment to the mission and values of the Hockomock Area YMCA.”  Last year George was honored to offer the opening remarks at their staff recognition luncheon.  After speaking eloquently about the importance of the YMCA in his life, George noted that he was a proud member of two families: the Johnson family and the Y family. 

 

The oldest son among nine children, George is survived by his sisters Patty Grosse and her husband, Doug, of Midlothian, VA, and Carol Mureddu and her husband, Rob, of Newport, RI.  He is also survived by his five brothers and their spouses: Don and his wife, Patti, of North Attleboro; Jack and his wife, Janet, of North Attleboro; Jim and his wife, Sue, of North Attleboro; Rick and his wife, Erica, of Portland, ME; and Steve and his wife, Lynn, of North Attleboro.  In addition, George was the cherished uncle to twelve nieces and nephews, and he was beloved by his many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

George was predeceased by his mother, Donna M. Johnson; his sister, Kathleen Ann Johnson; and his nephew, Kyle Johnson.

Visiting hours for George will be held on Thursday, July 5 from 4-8 p.m at St. Mark’s Church, 105 Stanley Street, Attleboro Falls.  The Hockomock Area YMCA will provide free childcare services for children ages 3-10 at St. Mark’s Church during Thursday’s calling hours.  A funeral Mass will be held in the church on Friday, July 6 at 10 a.m. followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in George’s memory to the Hockomock Area YMCA, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro MA, 02760.

 

Arrangements entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.

 

To sign an online guestbook for George, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.

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  • Im going to mis you buddy. We had alot of fun harassing each other. You were a great friend with a very large heart. Rest in peace my friend.

  • I met George decades ago in Little League and through St Marks. We were friends in High School. George was always a giving sweet person with a wry sense of humor. I’ve moved away from the area and had no idea the lasting impact he made to the Hockomock Y community. I’m so sorry for the loss, but am inspired by the impact one person can make. Rest peacefully George. 

  • George- Great memories of NAHS always include you.  Thanks for being a true friend.  You remain one of North Attleboro’s finest.  

  • You were the best equipment manager in NAHS history! You earned your Super Bowl Ring every bit as a major contributor to the 1974 Super Bowl Team! Forever grateful! Go with shod George!

  •  George, rest in peace. You were a rock in the foundation of North Attleboro and a sweet and kind soul.
          You gave so much to so many and we were all glad to have known you.My heart goes out to the family in these times of trial.

  • Rest in Peace my friend.  Your kindness, spirit and generosity have tremendously impacted countless young lives over the years. You will be missed.

  • Sorry for the loss.  George you will be missed and I will never forget our impromt conversations we would have at the front desk of the Y. RIP.

  • I remember George from our years at NAHS, where he was a year ahead of me; I was in the class of 1979 with his brother Don. My sincere condolences to all the Johnson family. 

  • Such a very sad loss for both families.  George was a fun person to know and work with, always positive , a true definition of the Y way.  RIP George.  You left this world way too soon.  Your presence will be missed.

  • I was deeply saddened to learn of George’s passing.  My sincere condolences to the Johnson family and the North Attleboro community.  Not only a great football official but also uniquely taught my grandchildren how to swim at the Y.

  • I write this with my eyes welled. I worked with George for 5 years at the Y. He taught my daughter to swim and she remembers him fondly. Of all the souls I’ve met in my life journey. His was the most genuine.  RIP my friend.  

  • Thanks for working with me at the Y through these years you were the nicest man in the world the Y ain’t  going to be the same without you my condolences to your family hope your reunited with your loved ones may you rest in peace big guy!

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Johnson family.  I enjoyed knowing George and working with him at the Hock Y for a few years.  Rest In Peace, my friend…

    Steve Squadrilli
    Boynton Beach, FL

  • George like so many I will miss my little chit chats  with you at the Y which became a staple for me.  Thanks for always being there!
    Wendy McHugh

  • So sorry for your loss–great guy.  I used to tease him about the NY Jets–fun person to chat with at the club.

  • I always enjoyed talking to George over the years at the Hockomock Y.  He was a positive role model for all the kids, and will be greatly missed. 

  • I was so saddened to hear of George’s passing.  He was a familiar face at the YMCA.  I bet he taught thousands of children to swim over the years…including my daughter. He was a kind  person who had the patience of a saint.  He will be missed. 

  • So very sorry to hear about George’s passing.  I hadn’t seen him in decades but we became friends long ago being part of the same NAHS graduating class of 1978.  Even back then, he was a kind, gentle and caring soul so I wasn’t shocked to learn he had dedicated his life to an organization like the YMCA.  His dad coached me in Little League close to 50 years ago and it’s clear half a century later that the apple fell not far from the tree.  Rest easy George and may God bring some level of comfort to your family.

    Pete McNamara
    Worcester MA

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  1. So very sorry to hear about George’s passing.  I hadn’t seen him in decades but we became friends long ago being part of the same NAHS graduating class of 1978.  Even back then, he was a kind, gentle and caring soul so I wasn’t shocked to learn he had dedicated his life to an organization like the YMCA.  His dad coached me in Little League close to 50 years ago and it’s clear half a century later that the apple fell not far from the tree.  Rest easy George and may God bring some level of comfort to your family.

    Pete McNamara
    Worcester MA

  2. I was so saddened to hear of George’s passing.  He was a familiar face at the YMCA.  I bet he taught thousands of children to swim over the years…including my daughter. He was a kind  person who had the patience of a saint.  He will be missed. 

  3. I always enjoyed talking to George over the years at the Hockomock Y.  He was a positive role model for all the kids, and will be greatly missed. 

  4. So sorry for your loss–great guy.  I used to tease him about the NY Jets–fun person to chat with at the club.

  5. George like so many I will miss my little chit chats  with you at the Y which became a staple for me.  Thanks for always being there!
    Wendy McHugh

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Johnson family.  I enjoyed knowing George and working with him at the Hock Y for a few years.  Rest In Peace, my friend…

    Steve Squadrilli
    Boynton Beach, FL

  7. Thanks for working with me at the Y through these years you were the nicest man in the world the Y ain’t  going to be the same without you my condolences to your family hope your reunited with your loved ones may you rest in peace big guy!

  8. I write this with my eyes welled. I worked with George for 5 years at the Y. He taught my daughter to swim and she remembers him fondly. Of all the souls I’ve met in my life journey. His was the most genuine.  RIP my friend.  

  9. I was deeply saddened to learn of George’s passing.  My sincere condolences to the Johnson family and the North Attleboro community.  Not only a great football official but also uniquely taught my grandchildren how to swim at the Y.

  10. Such a very sad loss for both families.  George was a fun person to know and work with, always positive , a true definition of the Y way.  RIP George.  You left this world way too soon.  Your presence will be missed.

  11. I remember George from our years at NAHS, where he was a year ahead of me; I was in the class of 1979 with his brother Don. My sincere condolences to all the Johnson family. 

  12. Sorry for the loss.  George you will be missed and I will never forget our impromt conversations we would have at the front desk of the Y. RIP.

  13. Rest in Peace my friend.  Your kindness, spirit and generosity have tremendously impacted countless young lives over the years. You will be missed.

  14.  George, rest in peace. You were a rock in the foundation of North Attleboro and a sweet and kind soul.
          You gave so much to so many and we were all glad to have known you.My heart goes out to the family in these times of trial.

  15. You were the best equipment manager in NAHS history! You earned your Super Bowl Ring every bit as a major contributor to the 1974 Super Bowl Team! Forever grateful! Go with shod George!

  16. George- Great memories of NAHS always include you.  Thanks for being a true friend.  You remain one of North Attleboro’s finest.  

  17. I met George decades ago in Little League and through St Marks. We were friends in High School. George was always a giving sweet person with a wry sense of humor. I’ve moved away from the area and had no idea the lasting impact he made to the Hockomock Y community. I’m so sorry for the loss, but am inspired by the impact one person can make. Rest peacefully George. 

  18. Im going to mis you buddy. We had alot of fun harassing each other. You were a great friend with a very large heart. Rest in peace my friend.

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