Robert J. Johnson

February 24, 2021
Robert J. Johnson

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Robert “Bob” Joseph Johnson, 91, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Hillsborough, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on February 24th.

Bob was born on January 20, 1930, to Joseph and Helga Johnson in Weston, MA. He graduated from Boston University and began his career in Hillsborough, NH, at Osram/Sylvania. His 30+ years as Personnel Manager was a perfect fit for such a people person. In 1957, Bob met his wife Gail through mutual friends, and a love affair began that lasted 63 years. Bob and Gail resided in Hillsborough for more than 55 years where they raised four children. Bob was a fixture in the community where he was actively involved as a founder of a local bank, real estate developer, member of Smith Memorial Congregational Church, advocate for vocational and higher education on a local and state level, and appointee to the NH State Board of Appeals. He was especially proud all his children graduated from college as he was a first generation college graduate.

After an early retirement, Bob and Gail began circumventing the globe which took them on unimaginable adventures. It was easy for him to make friends as he never considered anyone a stranger. All who knew Bob will miss his incredible stories and sense of humor. In his spare time he was a skilled gardener, accomplished woodworker, and an amazing breadmaker. “Make it, bake it, sew it, or grow it” is the family motto that lives on as part of his legacy.

Bob especially loved spending time with his family and planning the annual summer camp for his grandchildren when they were little. The agenda always included buckets of winter snow he stored for fun in the hot July sun and fireworks because they were always a part of the Johnson family experience. As everyone has grown, Bob looked forward to family reunions with the ever growing group. Bob was predeceased by his parents, his brother Henry (Dorothy, deceased), niece Lauren and nephew David. Bob is survived by his sister Elinor, his loving wife Gail, his children, Pam Cantor (Rich), Linda Hatfield (David), Cindy Wray (Mark) and Rob Johnson (Megan), his seven grandchildren, Taylor Wray, Abby Wray (Jessie), Katie Tucker (Rob), Adam and Sarah Cantor, Nathan and Zachary Johnson and two great grandchildren, Teddy and Poppy as well as many nieces and nephews.

At Bob’s request, his body has been donated for the advancement of science. A celebration of his life is being planned for the future.

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  • March 11, 2021
    Dick Withington Jr. says:
    My condolences to you, Gail, and the rest of the family. There have always been people of my father's generation (and younger) that I have always looked up to. Bob was one of those people.

  • March 15, 2021
    Samuel and Martha Stark says:
    Sam and I were saddened to read the news of Bob's passing. We send our condolences to Gail and the rest of the family.

  • March 19, 2021
    Moloney Family says:
    Our condolences to the entire Johnson family. Bob and Gail were life long friends to our parents Pete and Peg. Our families shared many childhood gatherings in NH and the Cape. Bob was always quick with a joke, a smile and a laugh. May you find comfort in the knowledge that he was loved by you and you by him. His memory will always live on in our hearts. My parents, I'm sure, welcomed him with open arms.

  • March 19, 2021
    Fay Tomlinson, 509 Route 530,Apt. 152, Whiting, NJ 08759 says:
    Gail, sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Norma Hubbard sent me a copy of he Stone Bridge Post. One of my dearest memories of Bob is working the Harvest Supper kitchen clean-up - his skill at loading the dish-washer and cheerful banter made it fun at the end of an arduous day!

  • April 02, 2021
    Langdon Plumer says:
    I met Bob when I became a member of the State Council for Vocational Education and sworn in by then Governor Stephen E. Merrill (1993-1997) We had many good meetings working hard to improve the Vocational Programs of the day at the Vocational Centers and Technical Colleges. The Council also worked with the NH Legislature, Senators and Congressmen in Washington. We also sponsored conferences and workshops for Vocational Teachers in the NH Regional Vocational Centers. My family has an old farm in the Upper Village so Bob and I crossed tracks several times. Bob was a professional and great friend. My condolences to Gail and Bobs family