Andrew C. Johnson
PHILLIPSTON — Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, Oct. 12, 2017, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Andrew C. “Andy” Johnson, 98, of Baldwinville Road, who died peacefully at home on Oct. 6.
David Mead, chaplain of Brookhaven Hospice, officiated and words of remembrance were offered by family and friends. Interment with military honors followed in the North New Salem Cemetery, New Salem. The bearers were Jon Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ricky Oliver, Jonathan Cole, Larry Fisher and Greg Metevier. Military honors were provided by the Massachusetts Army Honor Guard with “Taps” performed and the American flag folded and presented to Andy’s son, Jon Johnson. Following the committal service, a reception was held at the King Phillip Restaurant in Phillipston.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
PHILLIPSTON — Andrew C. “Andy” Johnson, 98, of Baldwinville Road and holder of the Boston Post cane as Phillipston’s oldest resident, died peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Gardner on April 14, 1919, he was a son of the late Albine and Ellen Johnson.
On Sept. 19, 1942, Andy was drafted into the United States Army and served proudly during World War II and was honorably discharged on Jan. 13, 1946. While in the Army, he was stationed in the South Pacific, with time in New Guinea, the Philippines, China and Japan. Later in life, Andy would share stories of the natives climbing trees to harvest coconuts for the soldiers, as well as the disarmament of Japan.
In 1950, Andy married his sweetheart, Jeanne M. (Oliver) and they enjoyed over 64 years of marriage until her death on March 25, 2015.
A hardworking man, Andy was the boiler operator for the S. Bent and Brothers Company in Gardner for many years, working up to his late 70s before retiring.
Andy enjoyed puttering in his yard and was cutting his own firewood well into his 90s. He had taken part in Petersham’s Fourth of July parade this past summer as a veteran.
Andy loved animals, especially cats, and was a firm believer that you took responsibility for your pets.
The family is thankful to the caregivers and hospice that granted Andy’s wish to remain in his own home that he had built and lived in since 1951.
Survivors include his son, Jon Johnson of South Royalston; a grandson, Jacob Johnson and his wife, Jessica, of Danvers; a great-grandson, Cody Johnson of Danvers; a brother, Albine Johnson and his companion, Dot, of Bellows Falls, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and wife, Andy was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Louise Marie Johnson, on Nov. 11, 2007. Andy was also predeceased by two sisters, Agnes Lemere and Ellen Yell.
There are no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
Interment with military honors will follow in the North New Salem Cemetery, New Salem.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Athol Animal Shelter, c/o Athol Police, 280 Exchange St., Athol, MA 01331.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.
PHILLIPSTON — Andrews C. Johnson, 98, of Baldwinville Road, died peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.