Ross Hollywood Chapel

4733 NE Thompson St, Portland, OR


Vincent Joseph Johnson

August 25, 1964December 14, 2019

Vincent Joseph Johnson died on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at age 55 of complications from end stage liver disease. Vince died peacefully, with his brother Greg and companion Larisa, at his side.

Vince leaves behind his brothers & sisters, Gregory Patrick Johnson (Susan), Anthony Raymond Johnson (Nellie), Julie Anne Johnson (Doug) and Marianne Theresa Foster (David). While Vince never had any children of his own, he leaves behind his nephews and nieces Adam Johnson, Alex Johnson, Ian Ferguson, Megan Van Vleet and Anna Johnson; his great nephew & niece, Karsyn Johnson and Paisley Grace Johnson, all of which he loved and protected as if they were his own. He was so proud of each one of them. He also leaves behind his long-term companion and partner, Larisa Pember Martens and their trusty dog, Roo. His greatest pride was his family, and his friends a close second.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Rocco Johnson in August, 2012 and Sharon Teresa (Hickey) Johnson in December, 1999.

Vince was born in Portland, Oregon at St. Vincent’s Hospital on August 25th, 1964. Vince lived in Portland his entire life, where never resided more than a block away from at least one family member at all times. His roots were deep with family and friends, which is evidenced by his desire to remain close to his family home and neighborhood. At the time of his death, Vince lived just one block from his childhood home.

Vince attended St. Rose of Lima Grade School (1979), Central Catholic High School (1983) and University of Portland (1987), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Vince went on to work for Ernest and Young in accounting until he was invited to join his father at Nu-Way Printing to take over the business. Vince continued to work for Nu-Way until it closed on December 15, 2018. Vince was happy to spend his last year in retirement, where he enjoyed MJK concerts, traveling, the Oregon coast and spending time with friends and family.

Vince was an accomplished athlete, sports enthusiast and trivia whiz. He loved watching all sports, but was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Portland Trailblazers, the Portland Timbers, the Oregon Ducks and all US Soccer teams. He was a faithful fan of Tiger Woods and Aaron Rodgers – his two sports idols in his lifetime. His love of music was immeasurable. Maynard James Keenan of Tool (APC, Puscifer) was his lyrical and vocal prophet.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the St. Rose of Lima Tuition Assistance Program. Contact Megan Schuver at 503-281-5318 x136 to make your donation. Your donations will help children in need receive a bright education, which was so important to Vince.

Tool OUT


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, December 28, 2019


Vincent Joseph Johnson

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Tammy Garwood

December 29, 2019

My dear sweet Vinny! May you FOREVER rest in peace! You are now and FOREVER an angel! We all love you, and you will remain in our hearts FOREVER! I love you sweetie!

Stephanie Piering

December 27, 2019

Vince was one of those friends that you could go for awhile without talking and just pick up where you left off. I had the pleasure to work with him quite a bit when NuWay was still open and developed a friendship from there. He could always put a smile on my face, he was just such a wonderful human being. I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Tim walsh

December 26, 2019

Ahh Vinny, So many good times my old friend I will always treasure that smile.. Rest in Peace Vinny J

Gail Moore

December 23, 2019

I remember Vince as one of the brightest young men in 7th /8th grade class. But Vince was always kind, helpful, and humble in addition to his intellect. He was well liked and respected by his peers, and a magnet to the young ladies!
May Vince find peace . I’m glad he shared his adult life with his childhood friends.