George "Shotsie" Johnson

January 10, 1921September 15, 2012

George James "“Shotsie"” Johnson of Sarasota, Fl, formerly of Bloomingdale, NJ passed away on Saturday, September 15,2012. He was 91 years young.

The son of William and Sarah "Sadie" Johnson, he was a veteran of World War II and a sergeant with the United States Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Harry, William, and Thomas and 2 sisters Betty and Ann.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Lutz Johnson, 1 son, Dennis and his wife, Joyceann of West Milford, NJ; daughters Janis Johnson Scott of Sarasota, Fl, Pamela Perry and husband, Bobby of Tobyhanna, PA, Kathleen Warblow and her husband, Dick of Lutz, FL and Karen Guglielmini and her husband, Vinny of Sarasota, Fl. He had 4 Grandchildren, Alyssia O'Malley, Daniel Lampe, Jamie Harris and Ashley Harris and 2 Great Grandchildren Alexa and Ryan O'Malley.

“Shotsie” was inducted into Central High School Hall of Fame for Football, Baseball and Basketball. He was a member of The Association of Professional Ball Players of America, and during the 1940's played semi-pro baseball in the Grapefruit League. In the 1970's he developed a love for the game of golf, and after retiring became a ranger at Eastwood Golf Course in Ft Myers, Fl.

We wish to thank Tidwell Hospice for all the care and comfort they provided him in his final day.

Our sincere thanks to the staff of Emeritus, colonial Park, for the care, compassion and love you all gave to George for the years he was a resident with you. I'm sure he's “Singing” his songs with thoughts of you in his heart.

With his amazing blue eyes, bright silver hair and always a smile on his face, “Shotsie” never met a stranger.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, a part of our hearts has died along with him. Forever we will miss and love him.

Rest In Peace #22

A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, September 20th at 11:00 at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave Sarasota with the burial immediately following at the Sarasota National Cemetery on Clark Road.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, September 20, 2012

George "Shotsie" Johnson

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October 5, 2012

I remember his amazing blue eyes and gorgeous silver hair. Most of all, I remember the wonderful smile that light up his entire face when he greeted people. May the precious memories you have of each other bring comfort to you at this time, I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. With love and friendship always,

Barbara Roehrs-Tintera

September 28, 2012

What a great husband and father and Man. He was surely loved . We can still visualize him in his swimming trunks skimming the pool on Glenwild Ave. You're in our thoughs and prayers .
With Love,
The Roehrs Family...

Pamela Perry

September 25, 2012

To My Dad,
You could not only sing but you were the best dancer too. You had charsma and charm of anyone I knew. Anytime we got the chance to dance and I looked into your beatiful face it was such a special feeling between the both of us. You were such a wonderful father and father in law, and the greatest grandpa ever. I miss so very much but I know you are in a better place now and singing up a storm. Don't let anyone give you the "Who Pushed Jake"

Love Pam & Bobby

Joyceann Johnson

September 19, 2012

Dad, You were the best father-in-law anyone could ever wish for. You always treated me as one of your daughters, whom you cherished so much. How fortunate I am to have such a wonderful and loving family. And, yes, I was always jealous of your blue eyes and long black eye lashes -- I felt only I should have them, not you. I'm winking back at you because I know I'm your favorite daughter-in-law and always will be. Love you always, and kisses to all my aunts and uncles you are now with. Hug them tight and all sing a little song together. Love, Joyceann

September 19, 2012

I was so very sad to hear the news about Shotsie's passing. Thank you, Janis, for letting me know. I will always remember him as the gracious man who sang beautifully no matter what the occasion. My sincere sympathy is extended to Helen and the rest of the Johnson family. Rest in peace, Shotsie! Take your rightful place in the Angel's Choir!
Sandy Hamel, Sarasota, FL

September 19, 2012

May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories as you celebrate a life well lived surrounded with love.

Barbara Henry Rath and family.

September 19, 2012

May the family and friends find hope in the God of all comfort. 2 Cor. 1:3-5

karen guglielmini

September 19, 2012

to a wonderful father who always had a smile on his face and played the best
air piano this side of the universe
i'm sure you had a fantastic welcome
karen and vinny

Mary Ann Johnson Dlugosz

September 19, 2012

Aunt Helen, Dennis, Janis, Pam, Karen, Kathy, spouses and grandchildren...So sorry to hear of Uncle George's passing. Not many families have the wonderful memories that our family has. I'll never forget thinking there was no other beer other than Shaeffer! I'm sure there was a wonderful family reunion. Rest In Peace Uncle George!

September 18, 2012

Bob and I would like to extend our sympathy to the whole family.

Bob and Cookie Sabo, West Milford,NJ