Gary Leon Johnson, a Friend, Uncle and “Grampa” to my kids.
We met Uncle Gary in 2004 and introduced to us by Maricar’s (my wife) mother Maria. A big handsome man with one prosthetic leg. He travelled more than a thousand miles (from North America to Asia) to see Maria. Everybody at home is excited to meet the man.
During his stay in the Philippines, he introduced to us his family – his son Eric, his granddaughter Emily and Elisa, his grandson Ethan and Evan. We remember his stories them and how he love them so much. And every time a new family member will come he will introduce them to us and send pictures of them.
When he is home, he still send us updates about his family particularly his grandchildren. He is very proud of them. Ariane, our eldest child, is the one closest to her Grampa. Needless to say, the she is the most affected one among us.
We empathize with Uncle Gary when Eric lost Ethan. Uncle Gary empathize with us too when we lost our youngest daughter Janerica. We are grateful to all the things Uncle Gary had done for her.
We sadly accepted the news about the ambulance picking him from his home and bringing him to the hospital. And tears fall from our eyes when we heard the news about his conditions.
Today, instead of mourning, we celebrate the life of Uncle Gary. May he rest in peace and be united with his Maker.
With love and respect,
Eric, Maricar, Ariane and Enric
I was surely taken back by this news’s. We were back and forth everyday on FB. I did not know he was having health issues until he posted he still Hated Rtump and would be back on FB soon. Then this happens. RIP brother and I will think of you everytime I am on line.
First met Gary and Maria on SFF…..always enjoyed his post and writing….sorry to hear of his passing….may he Rest In Peace….P.S. I was DaisyMae100 on SFF…
Gary L. Johnson, 76, passed away on August 1, 2023. He was born on March 27, 1947, to Homer Johnson and Alma Mae Jackson in Chicago, Illinois.
Gary was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He worked as a Union Officer at Whirlpool for many years. Gary was an incredible writer; his work had been published many times. Gary loved traveling; he would spend half of the year living in the Philippines and created a family and community there. He was a talented musician. Above all, Gary loved his family.
Gary is survived by his children Eric Johnson and Natasha Johnson; grandchildren Malik Small, Justus Jones, Evan Johnson, Emily Johnson-Smith, Elissa Johnson-Redman; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings Homer Johnson (Robin); longtime companion Maria and her loving family; and numerous extended family.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Homer Johnson and Alma Mae Jackson; his daughter Elizabeth Johnson; sister Marilyn; and grandson Ethan Johnson.
Visitation will be from 10am until the time of service at 12pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Sunset Funeral Home.
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