Alfred (Fred) John Johnson
August 28, 1921 – August 24, 2015
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Brother and Uncle, Alfred (Fred) John Johnson on August 24th, 2015. Alfred passed away peacefully at Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, BC, with his nephew Gary at his side.
Alfred was born to Laila and Erick Johnson on August 28, 1921 in Kelvington, Sask. Alfred shared his mother’s talent in music, and adorned his accordion proudly. As a young man Alfred left his home to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In May of this year, Alfred received a Medal for his time served. Returning home after the war, he and his uncle, John Evensen, purchased the Nehring Sawmill. Together, they successfully ran the Sawmill at Tabor Lake as the “Evensen Sawmill” until they sold it in 1969. Many family members and friends both lived and worked at the mill site which holds many treasured memories.
After the war, Alfred started to pen-pal with his soon to be Bride – Gisela Eva Kohler (September 16, 1924-June 30, 2005 Berlin, Germany- Father Alfred Kohler, Mother Anny Kohler). After convincing her to move to Canada, they married in 1954 and lived in a home at the sawmill. Eventually they moved into Prince George and then on to Bowser, BC, after the sale of the sawmill. Alfred continued to work in the logging industry, as a scaler in the Fort Nelson area. Juggling his work with his love of fishing, he and Gisela commercially fished in the Strait of Georgia for many years. A man of few words, he was always happy to share fishing stories. Gisela and Alfred shared their passion of the outdoors.
After a lengthy illness Alfred became wheelchair ridden, but that was never to hinder his determination in life; it was just one more challenge. When Alfred and Gisela required assistance at home, Jean Morrow began as their caretaker and for 14 years, remained a loyal friend after Gisela’s passing, visiting Alfred weekly. Alfred moved to assisted living at Cokely Manor in Parksville, BC. There, Alfred befriended many new acquaintances who quickly embraced and watched out for his well being. Alfred eventually moved next door to Arrowsmith Lodge, for more complex care, but continued to dine regularly with his friends at Cokely. Alfred could always be seen tapping his feet and hands when the volunteer musicians came to play at the home, especially the “Old Time Fiddlers”.
Alfred was predeceased by his wife Gisela, parents Erick and Laila, sister Ruth, brothers Rubin, Melvin and Einar Johnson, sister-in-law Selma Johnson.
Alfred leaves to mourn his passing, his sister Rena and brother-in-law, George Collins. Nephews: Gary Johnson, Gordon Johnson, Curtis Collins and Darwin Collins. Nieces: Marilyn Garber, Marjorie Tucker, Verna Amos and Barb Houghtaling.
We wish to thank all the friends, caretakers and staff who were always so kind to Alfred. It comforts us knowing how well he was cared for.