Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC


Sean Carlyle Johnson

May 12, 1998August 6, 2020

Sean Carlyle Johnson passed away at his home on Thursday, August 6.

The beloved son of Dr. Maureen Hackeling Johnson and Dr. William Carlyle Johnson, Sean was born in Raleigh and grew up in Cary with his parents and two older sisters, Breanna and Maura, whom he treasured and loved dearly.

Sean attended Highcroft Elementary, Salem and Mills Park Middle Schools, and Panther Creek High School. For college, he completed coursework at North Carolina State University and Wake Technical Community College, where he was pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. He worked as a lifeguard, pizza delivery driver and computer programmer. Sean had a brilliant mind and a wide range of interests. He had a great appreciation for music, art, history and politics, auto repair, and he recently found new passions in disc golf, cooking and unicycle riding. Through each of his jobs and interests, he cultivated a network of close friends who loved him for his warmth, loyalty, kindness and wonderful sense of humor. Many of his friends have told us that Sean was their best friend, and we know that Sean considered each of them to be his best friend as well.

Sean is remembered by all as a kind, sensitive and caring person whose compassion for others was influenced by his own struggles. He had a deep empathy for those who were misunderstood, lonely or who faced discrimination, including those impacted by mental illness and addiction. He found relief and joy through close friendships and humor, and often said that his one goal in life was to be happy and to make others happy. In that goal, he truly succeeded—he brought much laughter, joy and love to others, and we believe he would want us to carry his legacy forward by continuing to help others. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sean’s memory to Healing Transitions (healing-transitions.org) or other organizations that work to improve the lives of people with mental illness and addiction. We also ask that you carry on Sean’s mission of supporting others through friendship and laughter. In Sean’s memory, please reach out to anyone you know who is alone, suffering or who is in need of support.

Sean is survived by his parents, sisters Breanna Johnson (Ben Keepers) of Chapel Hill, Maura Perovich (Jon) of Brooklyn, NY, maternal grandparents Charles and Mary Hackeling of Weston, CT, and paternal grandmother, Rev. Glenda Johnson of Raleigh, and he is predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Dr. William H. Johnson. Sean was fortunate to have a large extended family that surrounded him with love and support throughout his life, including Dr. Richard and Archna Johnson of Chapel Hill (Lena, Raeva), Stephen and Deirdre Hackeling of Lloyd Harbor, NY (Stephen & Christine, Sean, Patrick & Jenn, Katherine), Michael and Christine Hackeling of Wilmington, NC (Gavin & Hallie, Jennifer, Emily, Justin), Drs. Kevin and Susan Crowley of Weston, CT (Brian, Colleen), Aldo and Denise Succetti of Cary (Robert; Timothy, Jazmine & Matteo), Frank and Marianne Uribe of San Diego, CA (Sean, Julianne), Michael and Kathleen Miller of Seneca Falls, NY (Connor, Hannah, Heidi, Darren, Bridget, Holly), and Drs. Mark and Tracy Curzan (Sean, Claire, Kate). Maura and Jon are expecting a daughter in September, and Sean was looking forward to being a loving uncle to Ava Sean Perovich.

A celebration of Sean’s life will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, August 19 at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Road, Apex, NC 27502. In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family wishes to ensure the safety of all who participate in the service. Those who attend in person are asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing, and the service will be live-streamed on the church’s YouTube channel.

A livestreaming of the Funeral Service for Sean will be accessible at the link below.



  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020


Sean Carlyle Johnson

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Tanya Held

August 26, 2020

Dear Carlyle and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Sean's passing. I am holding your family close to my heart in thoughts and prayer.
With deepest sympathy,
Tanya Held

Dustin Clark

August 24, 2020

A favorite memory of mine is playing Xbox with Sean one night while Breanna was trying to call me. I remember her being fake upset and the whole thing being funny.

I can’t imagine the pain of losing a loved one so young. I’m sending my love to everyone. <3 Dustin

Suzanne Laliberte' Thomas

August 24, 2020

Dearest Maureen, Carlyle, Breanna and Maura,
I am heartbroken to learn of Sean's passing. Such a wonderful loving family, I can't begin to imagine the pain you all are going through. I hope you will find peace in Sean's life well-lived and joy in your memories of him.
Also, I hope you will find comfort in each other and in knowing how much love surrounds you from extended family and so many friends.

Billie Avery

August 20, 2020

Dear Carlyle, My heart goes out to you and your family during this time of such an incredible loss. There are no words to express the deep saddness when such a joy filled spirit leaves this earth. You and your family are in my prayers . Billie

Hope Langson

August 19, 2020

Such a beautiful service and words for and about Sean. Peace, Love and Prayers for all. There are not enough words to express what needs to be said. Sending much Love filled with endless memories. Hope

Mehul Mankad

August 19, 2020


I did not have the privilege of knowing your son. And I do not know your family. However, I have no doubt that Sean's presence in your life touched you deeply. I get to see a part of him through you, and for that, I am grateful.


Carrie Brown

August 19, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You and your family are in my thoughts. May God hold and comfort you all through this difficult time.
Carrie Brown

Susan Robinson

August 19, 2020

Holding you each close in mind and heart. Asking angels’ embrace to be round about you with light and love.

Sara Smith

August 18, 2020

Dear Carlyle and Maureen,
Peter and I are sending our hearts full of love and empathy to you and your family.
Sara Smith and Peter Morris

Barbara Levy

August 18, 2020

Dear Johnson Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and hope that you find peace in your memories of him.

Barbara Levy