OBITUARY

Bruce Gardner Johnson

November 9, 1957July 28, 2017

.Bruce Gardner Johnson, 59 of Midlothian, Virginia passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 27, 2017 following a period of illness. Bruce joins his mother Rita Patricia Johnson (nee Gardner), his stepfather Ralph Frederick Johnson, his sister Cathy Jean O’Keefe (nee Johnson), and his niece Joanna Elizabeth Johnson. He was married to Catherine Johnson (nee Ahlstrand) for 24 years and leaves behind their loving children Patrick Gardner, Jennifer Lottie, Meagan Patricia and Thomas Christopher, his brother Jake and his sisters Judy Dwyer, Jill Johnson Fechtig and Candy Capobianco as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews across the country and world.

Bruce was a charismatic master carpenter who loved nothing more than his children. He made his name in the construction business with his brother Jake in Sea Cliff, New York, where he was born. He took on projects as major as the restoration of Victorian homes and the creation of an environmentally sustainable sanctuary, all the way down to building and repairing furniture for his family, friends, and neighbors. Bruce was a lover of all things automotive and was for many years an avid NASCAR fan. His life motto was “Drive fast. Take Chances.” Aside from numerous repairs on his children’s vehicles, he rebuilt a ’69 Chevy Z-28 Camaro in his “Hot-Rod” years. The legacy Bruce leaves behind is one of good humor, the spirit of adventure, and of caring for those around him. Bruce lives on in our hearts and minds forever and will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held in the near future at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Glen Cove, NY, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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John Fechtig

August 5, 2017

I've known Bruce for almost 38 years and he was a devoted father and family man. He was so proud of his beautiful children. He was protective of his baby sister when we were dating until I was proven deserving of her. He then welcomed me into the family with open arms.
He only wanted the best for his family and would do anything to give them a better life when he made the big move from New York to Virginia. He left his family his business and his best friend (brother Jake)
He would give you the shirt off his back.
We had some spirited conversations over the years especially when he came to Kentucky in 2013 and stayed with us for a while doing some projects for his sister. He was never shy about his opinions and we bonded during this time . I think we had a mutual respect for one another.
Every conversation included how proud he was of his children and he updated me on their latest achievement.

carol

August 2, 2017

bruce holds a special place in my heart, his family was most important to him and I was so happy for him that he got it all-so elegantly said by Hoag-august 1,2017
god bless, so sorry for your loss-carol

Hoag

August 1, 2017

Time may have separated us as we walked down our own paths but the memories I have of the times that our paths were shared are remembered as if they were yesterday.

You'll be missed but never forgotten.

Hoag

Bernie Henderson

July 30, 2017

As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to you at this time and throughout the days to come. Our purpose is to assist and serve you in a manner that exceeds your expectations. We pledge to strive to merit the trust you have reposed in us.

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