John H., age 95, of Haworth, NJ passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
Born January 14, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY he was the son of the late John E. Johnson and Florence M. (Bonner) Johnson. He attended Holy Name of Jesus School, St. Francis Prep and graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School in 1936. In 1941, he was awarded his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College. John married his loving wife Mary Verdoliva on October 31, 1942.
John’s first employment after college was with the U.S. Army Signal Corps testing radar equipment at Fort Monmouth, Sandy Hook, and the Western Electric Plant in Kearny, NJ. Later, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines as a Chief Petty Officer.
In 1950, John became the President of the Seaboard Contracting Company, a firm established by his father in 1925. He was also the Vice-President of the Eighth Street Pier Company, Hoboken, NJ, where he serviced the passenger liners of the East Asiatic Company as well as cargo vessels for the Gdynia, Spanish, and Torm Lines. In 1961, John became the Vice-President for Operations at the Nacirema Operating Company in NYC. Prior to his retirement in 1991, John had been the senior auditor for the New York Shipping Association.
As a resident of Haworth since 1952, John was a member of the Men’s Club and the Holy Name Society. He served as Treasurer of the Haworth Boy Scout Troop 73 during the 1950s. As a member of the Haworth Bowling Team, John was honored for bowling a perfect 300 game in February 1957. John particularly cherished his experience as a member of the first Lay Board formed at Sacred Heart Parish in the mid 1960s. He contributed his services to the Bingo Workers Committee at both Bergen Catholic High School and Sacred Heart School.
John was an avid photographer, musician, orchid grower, and stamp collector.
He was known for his interest and skills in auto mechanics and electronics.
John is predeceased by his beloved wife Mary of 63 years and his youngest son Peter.
He is the devoted father of sons Br. John J. Johnson, CFC and Thomas M. Johnson, Sr. (Marie), and daughter Mary Ellen O’Shea (Kevin). He is the loving grandfather of grandchildren, Lauren Ann Zdeb (Joseph), Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., Christopher J. Johnson, and Sean P. O’Shea and the great grandfather of Chelsea Alaina Zdeb.
Visitation at the Barrett Funeral Home, 148 Dean Drive, Tenafly on Thursday, November 21st from 4-8 PM. Funeral Mass, Friday, November 22nd, 10 AM, Sacred Heart Church, Haworth. Interment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Villa Marie Claire Hospice, Saddle River, NJ.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Nov. 20, 2013
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Johnson, John H. [MC1941 RIP]
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