We are sad to announce that Edward « Stretch » Elmer Johnson, lover of fresh strawberries, cold beer and all things hockey, passed away on September 19, 2019.
Ed is survived by his wife Dona, daughter Glenda and her husband Brad, son Brian and his family, wife Jean and sons Mattheau and Jack, step son-in-law Sam and step grandchildren, Samantha and Joe Decker. Ed is also survived by his brother Dennis, his wife Bev and their children, Ryan and Ashley and their families. Ed was predeceased by his parents, Elmer and Katie, his wife Louise, daughter Sandra, step daughter Leigh Decker and Dona’s mother, Grandma Julie.
« Stretch » was born on Jan 16, 1938 in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan and spent his childhood years in Kelvington, Saskatchewan. He was one of only two graduates from his high school graduation class to attend university and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Fiercely proud of his Norwegian ancestry and his Saskatchewan heritage, he was blessed with the unique pairing of both right brain/left brain qualities that produced not only a compassionate problem solver but an accomplished landscape artist as well.
Always willing to lend a hand or a hammer, Ed was a staunch supporter of Home Hardware. Lover of lined graph paper, trains, boats, maps, old cars, anything related to Snoopy and the peanuts gang, pancakes, Saskatoon pie and his sister-in-law’s fruitcake.
Athletics played an important role in Ed’s life, from his love/hate relationship with golf (producing one hole in one) to his love of all things hockey. He played junior hockey with several Saskatchewan teams, including the Kelvington Wheat Kings, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and was drafted by the New York Rangers through the Prince Albert Mintos.
He coached community peewee hockey when he first moved to Calgary and played old timer hockey for many years with the Brentwood Kings. Two of his proudest moments were the Kings winning the 2000 Senior World Hockey Championship in Las Vegas and the team’s participation in several Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournaments in Santa Rosa, CA.
Ed was fortunate to have seen so much of the world; from visiting his Great Grandfather’s homestead in Kviteseid, Norway to an African safari in South Africa, winters in Phoenix and especially spending time with his family at Lake Windermere.
His children will be forever grateful for the many family vacations that included « side bar » trips to waste management conferences, local landfills, waste transfer stations and recycling depots.
Ed was blessed with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic and his resume was reflective of that whether it be cleaning out elephant stalls when the circus came to town in his teenage years, or contributing to the successful partnership of the Ecco group of companies.
Team Johnson would like to thank the medical and palliative teams who supported Edward over the last few months and a special thank you to all of the staff at Amica Britannia who were nothing short of amazing in Ed’s final days.
“To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.” – Unknown
A celebration of life is planned in the coming weeks. Date and details to come. In accordance with the families wishes, no flowers please.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Edward Elmer Johnson..
Décès pour la Ville: Calgary, Province: Alberta