William L. Johnson

April 15, 1940April 30, 2019

William L. Johnson, 79, of Sherburne passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was born in Norwich and was a lifelong resident of the area. William began his career at GLA, later Simmons Precision, and advanced to the position of Manufacturing Engineer. He then became one of the founding employees of Norwich Aero Products and retired from there after 20 years of service. William served his community for many years as a volunteer at the Norwich Fire Department, was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and trap shooting at the Smyrna Rod and Gun Club, and he was an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees, Syracuse Basketball and The Green Bay Packers. William was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Catherine Johnson; his sisters, Sandra Johnson, and Lucy Johnson; his brothers, James Johnson and Clyde Johnson; his sister in law, Margaret Johnson; his brothers in law, Lauren Seeber, Verle Cook, Robert Rothwell, and James Parker. Survivors include his sons and daughters in law, Michael and Stacey Johnson, Jeff and Janet Johnson, and Kevin and Colleen Johnson; his grandchildren, Tierney Johnson, Bailee Johnson, Amanda Miller, Zachery Miller, Corey Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Miranda Renwick, Aiden Johnson, and Bella Johnson; his loving companion, Donna Palmer-Moore and her children, Mike, Teresa, Robert and Brian; his siblings, Betty Seeber, Claudine and Henry Parker, Sally Rothwell, Marge Parker, Linda and William Excell, Claudia Gesslein, and Richard Johnson; and his sister in law, Rosalie Johnson. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. A memorial service for William will take place at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 3, at United Church of Christ, 11 W. Main St. Norwich with Rev. Joe Connolly officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Willcox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 3, 2019


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May 2, 2019

So sorry for the loss of your Brother Dick. Our prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

Tom, Mary, Thomas, John, Mike Upton

May 2, 2019

We extend our deepest condolences to the Johnson family during this sad time. I will always remember Bill and Catherine visiting my mom in Earville and all the family conversations that came with them. It was a special time.

Howard & Susie Boise

May 2, 2019

Bill, Cathy, Howard and I were very close friends, from school on. Cathy and I grew up together. We are so sorry for the family having lost both Mom and Dad. Our sympathy to Donna and her family. Bill was a great guy and will be missed by so many. Condolences to all of his family.

Bob Wold

May 1, 2019

The Johnsons welcomed me into their home during several hunting seasons. Their hospitality and fun loving humor was a real treat, and the hunting was always a good time. Rest In Peace Bill,
All our love,
Bob & Cheryl Wold