Robert B. Johnson ’55 died on November 15, 2016, in Vero Beach, Florida.
(The following was published in The New Haven Register on November 17, 2016:)
Robert B. Johnson, 82, of Vero Beach FL and Middlebury, CT passed away Tuesday, November 15th after a brief illness. He died as he lived with grace, humor, loyalty and kindness. He was the son of Robert C. Johnson and Susan Mary Johnson of Worcester, MA. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 61 years, JoAnne Johnson, four children, Robert C. Johnson of Vero Beach, Rosemary Quinn of Weston, MA, Susan Currier of Davidson, N.C. and Ann Johnson Prum of New Haven, CT and eleven Grandchildren, Luke Johnson, Sean Quinn, Melanie Quinn, Carl Johnson, Gus Prum, Annie Quinn, Elise Currier, Owen Prum, Caroline Currier, Liam Prum and Isabelle Johnson. Bob lived a long life filled with music, great books, family, laughter and world travel. He wrote and recorded songs late in life for a folk music album he collaborated on with his band, Bob Johnson and the Flatliners, called “Fast train to Nowhere”. He spent countless happy hours rooting on his beloved Hartford Whalers and Boston Red Sox, accompanied by various cheering grandchildren. Mr. Johnson was a long time Vice President and Director of Gibbs Wire and Steel of Southington, CT. He was also a former owner of WWCO Radio in Waterbury, CT, he was a life long afficionado of all things Media. He was a Graduate of Worcester Academy in MA and was a member of the class of 1955 at Bowdoin College in Maine. He was active in the Leavenworth Society Foundation of Waterbury, as well as a long time member of the Country Club of Waterbury, Highfield Club of Middlebury, and the Moorings Club of Vero Beach and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Fl.