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50 Years


Josephine Johnson

Death Notice

JOHNSON, Josephine - Peacefully at Highview Residences on Monday, March 12, 2012, in her 92nd year. Much loved wife of Leonard for 64 years. Proud Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother: Son Dr. L. Stephen Johnson and wife Patricia Johnson (Toronto), their children Dr. Andrea Murphy (husband Shayne Murphy and children Olivia and Marlon, Dublin), Emily Endicott (husband Craig Endicott and children Luke and Charlotte, Toronto), Sarah Johnson (husband Ryan Morris and son Russell, Toronto), and Patrick Johnson (Toronto). Son Dr. Neil Johnson (deceased May, 2011) and his wife Dr. Gail Cook Johnson (Toronto), and their children Dr. Alexander Johnson (San Francisco), Gregory Johnson (Singapore); and Son Peter Johnson and his wife Leslie Johnson (London), their children: Dr. Catherine Johnson (husband Dr. Scott Huffer and son Jacob, Boston), Dr. Rosalyn Johnson (husband Dr. David Liscombe and daughter Claire, La Jolla), Andrew Johnson (fiancée Joanna Liston, London), Gillian Johnson (Toronto), Michael Johnson (Toronto) and Eric Johnson (London). Josephine met Leonard at the end of World War II in Holland. They were married in Groningen, Holland on June 30, 1945 and became the "Kissing Couple" in the picture and poster for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Josephine was a very intelligent and active person. She, with her partner Alice Munro, were puppeteers with their own television and live shows in the 1950's in London. She was also an active volunteer in many organizations such as: The University Women's Club and Meals-On-Wheels. Most importantly, she was a loving wife and a wonderful mother and grandmother, always encouraging and supporting her children and grandchildren in their professions and activities. Her love and generosity was an inspiration to us all. Thank you to the incredibly kind and caring staff at Highview Residences who made a home for both Leonard and Josephine and loved her as family. Thank you to Gina Miller who was a great support to Leonard and Josephine in their home on Baseline Road and at Highview. A private family service and a memorial celebration will be conducted at a later time. Arrangements by James A. Harris Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to London Health Sciences Centre would be greatly appreciated.