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Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON

OBITUARY

Harold Francis Johnson

January 4, 1933February 4, 2020

"The love that lingers o'er his name/ Is more than fame". On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Harold Francis Johnson of Aurora, Ontario, passed away peacefully at the age of 87.

Harold was born on January 4, 1933, in Kingston, Ontario, to the late John and Violet (Greenwood) Johnson. On September 1, 1962, he married Clare Frances Whitty at St. Mary's Cathedral in Kingston. They raised a daughter Elizabeth-Anne, and a son, John.

Harold had a life-long love of horses. As kids, Harold and his late brother Jack rode ponies back and forth to school on Wolfe Island. As an FEI Steward with Equestrian Canada, Harold officiated at show jumping events for decades, including the 1976 Montreal Olympics. A natural people person, it was no surprise that Harold ended up in sales. Elizabeth Arden herself hired him, and he worked for her cosmetics empire for 19 years. Harold continued in sales for 2 multinational pharmaceutical companies, until his retirement in 1997. Harold was also an auctioneer, and he had many successful years conducting auctions for estates, school boards, and police departments.

Harold wholeheartedly supported Clare's career aspirations. Harold and Clare worked as a team to raise their children, Elizabeth-Anne and John. Harold never missed his kids' dance recitals, hockey games, or music nights, and always took immense delight in their academic accomplishments. Harold's greatest joy, however, was his granddaughter and four grandsons. Harold always made sure that time with their Granddad special.

Loved ones that will miss Harold are his wife Clare; his daughter Elizabeth-Anne and son-in-law Greg; his son John and daughter-in-law Kim; his five grandchildren, and his dear nephew Brian Johnson.

You are invited to share your memories with the family on Sunday, February 9, 2020, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, Aurora. The funeral service will be held on February 10, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, followed by a private interment at St. John Chrysostom Cemetery, Newmarket.

As an expression of sympathy, please make donations to The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, or Parkinson Canada, or the charity of your choice in Harold's name.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the Johnson family.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020

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Brian Johnson

February 8, 2020

I'm going to say goodnight now, Unc. I won't say goodbye. I well remember you taking this pic of me just after church on Wolfe Island. That's your car right there and I remember it too. I was in it constantly but you remember that. I just want to say thanks. Thanks for the many trips 'home' to the island. Thanks for arranging the tickets to the Ed Sullivan show for mom, dad, Barry & me. And thanks for the many bowling nights on the road all over Ontario. You played such an important part in my early life with your fine example and easy going demeanor. Thanks for the many phone calls over the years, making sure we were OK. We're gonna be fine Unc. Just fine. See you again...

Brian Johnson

February 8, 2020

The Johnson family of Wolfe Island:
Johnny and Violet Johnson with sons Harold, left and Jackie. 1953

JoAnne MacDonald

February 8, 2020

Clare, Elizabeth, John and family

On behalf of the family of Rita MacDonald (Greenwood) we send you are condolences. Our mother was Violet’ s younger sister. When we were children in the early 60’s we remember Harold coming to visit our Mom. At that time we lived in a small mining town called Lively which was 17 miles north of Sudbury. Our Dad was a mining engineer with Inco. Harold at that time was a top salesman with Elizabeth Arden. Whenever Harold came through Sudbury on his Northern runs for his company, he always took the time to drive out to see our Mom. His visits were so welcome as he brought all the news from Kingston and the Greenwoods. Mom loved his visits and she was so proud of Harold. Later on, Mom would catch up with Harold and Clare at the various Kingston weddings and funerals. Harold was proud of his exceptional children and Mom always thought Clare was so stylish. I know Mom would want us to mention his kind Northern visits and our family sends you our deepest sympathy. JoAnne MacDonald

Brian Johnson

February 8, 2020

"Harold! Straighten your tie! And stand up straight!"
Harold 'catchin' it from his mother Violet. Wonderful memories from my grandmother and uncle from way back in the day.

Brian Johnson

February 8, 2020

Harold and Jackie with their paternal grandmother Ettie Johnson. Wolfe Island farm, 5th Line Rd. 1951.

Hugh Johnston Jr.

February 8, 2020

Aunt Clare, Elizabeth, John and family
I want to express my condolences on behalf of myself and my family on your loss. Growing up in Brockville I remember occasionally the doorbell ringing and on the front porch was Uncle Harold passing through and just stopping by for a visit, the Island way. They were nice visits and he was always interested in what "us kids" were doing. Later, when I was a teacher at Regiopolis-Notre Dame in Kingston, where we teach many Wolfe Island students, the Johnson name would come up in the staff room and I would remark - I'm related to Harold - which would lead to both explanations and fond memories.
We are thinking of you at this time.
Hugh Johnston Jr. and family

Brian Johnson

February 8, 2020

The Johnson brothers: Jackie (my dad) and Harold, 1941. Back in the day, my mom and dad told friends and neighbours that this was Brian (me) & Barry (my brother). Most believed it!! Sometimes the suits and haircuts gave it away, though...

Gary Hochman

February 7, 2020

Hi Clare
I want to extend my heart felt condolences to you, Elizabeth and John on Harold's passing. I remember how Harold's eyes would light up when I would ask him about his experiences at the Royal. He was always such a good sport carrying all the bags for the gifts for your grandchildren through the airport on our many trips to Chicago together. I hope all of your fond memories of Harold will bring you comfort in this difficult time. Always thinking of you.
Gary Hochman (X-ray Associates)

Lisa Thain

February 7, 2020

Hi Clare,
I was saddened to hear of your loss. Remembering you fondly at this difficult time.
Regards, Lisa Thain (X-Ray Associates)

Brian Johnson

February 7, 2020

Harold and his father Johnny. Wolfe Island horse show up at the fairground, Wolfe Island. 1961.

FROM THE FAMILY