July 19, 1949September 9, 2020

Pete Johnson, 71, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, passed away on September 9, 2020.

He was born in Malden, Massachusetts on July 19, 1949 but spent his childhood in Florida. He graduated from Lakeland High School and proudly served in the United States Navy, retiring as a Senior Chief (E8) after twenty-two years. He spent the latter part of his professional career in support of transitioning vets.

He is survived by his wife Cathy Johnson of 48 years; two daughters Lauri (Jeff) and Andrea (Corey); along with four grandchildren Jordan, Christian, Sam, and Cassidy.

Pete was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fishing, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends. His enormous sense of humor carried him through the days…if he could emit laughter among those around him, then he felt his purpose had been fulfilled.

Pete’s last wishes were to be taken to the Outerbanks of North Carolina. So, if you’re ever in “OBX” enjoying a sunrise or sunset along the water’s edge expect that he’ll be nearby…


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Rick Reichard

September 18, 2020

Wanted to post a "Happy Time" photo of Pete... I know he loved going hunting with us at "the church" in South Carolina...found this from a few years ago....RIP Brother!!!

Bob Whitkop

September 16, 2020

Pete, one of the most honest and straight forward, genuine original guys I ever met. Thanks for always wearing your heart on your sleeve; thanks for your wonderful sense of humor and candid views. I always thoroughly enjoyed our outings in "Mayberry". The US Navy was a better place for you having served and the joyful memories you left us will help us carry on. My deepest sympathy to Cathy and the family.
I know that Heaven will be well stocked with walking sticks for our arrival! May God welcome you to where the Winds are always Fair and the Seas are always Following!! Thanks Shipmate!


September 14, 2020

We are going to miss our friend and neighbor Pete Johnson very much . He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for us .
If we ever needed a hand , some advice , anything , he was always there . We didn't know him very long unfortunately , but we felt very close to him and his wonderful wife Cathy .We will miss having a cold one and a friendly chat with Pete and Cathy after a long day . It was nice to relax and visit with them and admire his woodworking craftmanship .
We will forever cherish the beautiful walking sticks that he so skillfully and lovingly made not just for us but numerous others in the neighborhood .
We are so sorry his life was cut short as we were looking forward to going fishing and target shooting with him .
We'll miss you good friend and you will always live in our hearts .
Paul and Eva

Tom Neubarth

September 14, 2020

PRoy,..... it has been an amazing run. I first meet you when you reported aboard Vreeland. It was quite a shock to this sea-worn CMC that Vreeland was your first sea duty! WHAT? I am proud to say that you proved yourself to be a Chief that could be counted on, anytime for anything. I transferred and we lost touch as many service people do. I got a call from a shipmate telling me that some of the Chiefs from the Vreeland mess were going to have a reunion of those who could be contacted. Unfortunately I couldn't make it for the first one, but haven't missed any since. Always looked forward to getting together for some drinking, shooting and most all the sea stories and Pete-isms. Stand down Chief, rest your oars, we have the watch.
May the Lord be Kathy and family in these dark days. Celebrate his living and loving, not his passing. God bless.

Rick Reichard

September 14, 2020

Pete and I became friends a while back, he started coming on our annual hunts at the Berley Farm in South Carolina. We immediately "hit if off" due to his love for the outdoors, and his love for our Great Country, ALL of us are veterans that hunted up their together so there were very few words of disagreement, his only issue was "keeping quiet" in his stand which I told him time and time again, was why he didn't see more deer! But hey, "PRoy" which was his nickname was never a quiet man!!! Love you brother and you will be missed this year!!! And many more after this!!! God rest your soul!!! RIP...

Terry Vipperman CPO USNR (Ret)

September 13, 2020

The deepest condolences for Pete’s beloved Cathy and his family are extended from Melanie and myself during your time of loss and grief.

Pete and I only had one experience in person, and that was doing something that we both enjoy - fishing.

We kept in touch almost daily. No matter where my travels took me Pete was never out of touch or reach. In fact, we had some of our most meaningful conversations just this past week.

PJ you will be dearly missed! Fair winds and following seas shipmate!

May the Lord give you final peace!

Andrea Weber

September 13, 2020

My dad had a soul as deep as the ocean. He was a salty dog overflowing with passion about the things and people he loved. He poured his heart into many projects over the years, and where my love for woodworking came from (as many other things) He put his heart and soul into every creation. He was a pirate, a parrot head, a sailor and a fisherman. This world was lucky to have him, I was lucky to have him. He taught me to love and respect nature and the little things. To find peace in the ocean waves and the flow of the water as it trailed behind in the wake of the boat....To bait a hook, properly cast a rod and reel it in... He introduced me to Willie Nelson, Alabama, Leonard Skynard and Bluegrass. He taught me to always follow through and do the right thing no matter the cost..And to always put in 110%. He showed me what the love of a father should be and how he was so proud of his family and grandkids. He called me “Piggy” and his “little coconut”. He taught me how to be strong, but the one thing he did not do is show me how to proceed without him. For that I will turn to God, to whom I am grateful for choosing him to be my dad. I love you, Dad. Don’t forget to say goodnight. ❤️🤟🏻

Bob Parker

September 13, 2020

My Dear Friend Pete, in such a short span we became good friends and shared many of adventures in life together. I am very sad but know with your pain you suffered you are in a better life with the Lord. Thanks Friend, for the times you spent me..

Tony Almon

September 13, 2020

Boy, where to start.... When I was retiring from the Navy in 2011, I reached out to register for TAP class, and spoke to Pete. We hit it off right away. I can't even begin to list the things he taught me to ensure my transition to civilian life was smooth. I remember this. I had indicated that I achieved the rank of CDR in the Navy. As Pete was critiquing my resume', he said "So?" I was floored. As a former enlisted guy to make CDR, I was pretty pleased with myself. He went on to say "Yes, you made CDR, but you might have been the worst CDR there ever was. You've got to show WHAT YOU ACHIEVED as a CDR. I learned many, many lessons from Pete and have been honored to call him a friend.

JD McKinney III

September 13, 2020

We shared some great times at The Farm hunting, fishing and telling lies! Half the fun was the ride up there. You inspired me and most everyone you encountered, Pete. This next hunt will be empty unless you come along...
JD McKinney III


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