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William "Patrick" Johnson

July 28th, 1940 - January 9th, 2021

William “Patrick” Johnson, 80 years old from Rockford, IL passed away January 9, 2021 at Rockledge Regional Medical Center. Pat was born on July 28, 1940. He spent many years in the grocery business as a manager and once he retired, he spent his winter months in Cocoa. He enjoyed fishing, going to the beach, socializing at the pool, cooking, reading, watching soccer and most importantly spending time with his family and friends. Pat was preceded in death by his daughter Lisa. Pat leaves behind his loving wife Jean Johnson (Salley) who he was married to for 50 years. He also leaves behind sons: Brett (Debbie), Jed, Andrew (Heather Walker) & Michael (Alicia); ex-wife Kay Templin; grandchildren Nicole (Drew) Reese, Stephanie, Alec, Alexia, Sophia, Mia and Halle Johnson as well as one great grandchild Tatum Reese. The family will have a celebration of life in Rockford later this year.

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Molly Fulling

Ah, Pat. What a lovely guy. I was a nurse in an outpatient therapy unit when he graced us with his presence, and to me those sessions with him were never quite as routine as before. He was just such a fun presence. You knew when and looked forward to when Pat was there. I was sad when he “ graduated” and terribly saddened to read his obituary. My sympathies to you, Jean, and all the family I never met. What a lovely guy.

Published May 18th, 2024
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Teresa York

Brett & Family, I was so deeply saddened on hearing the loss of your father. It is never easy, but during these times, I am sure it seems especially difficult in not being able to gather with family and share remembrances, hugs and time together. I pray that you all find peace and are able to share memories and stories through this process. I will be thinking about you and praying for you.

Published May 18th, 2024
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Brett Johnson

In loving memory of my dad, from your oldest son Brett: My dad Pat had quite a journey through life, full of complicated twists and turns, but at the heart of his very being, my dad was a simple man. He loved his family, he loved his friends and he loved to have fun in life! My earliest memories of him were focused on Christmas, when we used to put up the outside decorations together. He had these big wooden cut outs he used to mount on the roof, standing up there in the freezing cold, nailing stuff right through the shingles!! It's something I've always held dear and still decorate the outside of our house as much as I can to this day. When I learned of his passing, I spent the day taking down our outside decorations, thinking about all those fun times, so long ago. He also had this penchant for playing sports, which the whole family has always enjoyed. However my Dad had a bit of attention deficit disorder, because we always seemed to cycle through the sports pretty quickly. It started with tennis, golf and basketball, but quickly morphed into skiing, racquetball and hockey, and finally settled into soccer (which my two younger brothers both played all the way through college), and which he enjoyed for many years. We always had great equipment for all these sports, but I think he and Jean had some pretty big garage sales when he lost interest in one and picked up a new one!! In his "love of life" theory, he built us boys a little tree-house and attached a long rope to another tree, with a pulley and hanger, which we all called the "slide for life". We had some crazy times on that contraption. A few broken bones, but not many. I should actually look into seeing who has the patent for zip-lining, because my dad may have started it, almost 50 years ago. We always had lots of fun stuff to do at the house. One of my craziest memories of him was when he visited me in college at the University of Illinois on Dad's day weekend. He took me and my buddies out to all the bars and we played "quarters" all night long. He was pretty good for an old guy, but the professional college boys starting picking on him pretty bad. We got him pretty "happy", and had to drag him back to our dorm room very early in the morning. We were on the 11th floor and there was an actual fire on the sixth floor at 4 am and the fire alarm went off and we had to go down 11 flights of stairs. He was none too happy about that and when he got down the stairs, all that "fun" was deposited in the bushes outside my dorm!! As I said, Pappy J (as we all called him later in life) liked to have fun. Then all his boys started to grow up and the family expanded and all those grand kids became the apples of his eye. Volleyball, baseball, football, basketball, soccer, soccer and more soccer. He followed those grand kids all over. He loved the holidays with all them, and all the birthday parties, and fishing and swimming and just enjoying life. My dad was one fun grandpa. Later in life, as the health problems started to mount, he still cherished their visits. This past year my oldest daughter Nikki, had his first great grand daughter, Tatum. I am so glad my dad got to spend time with her this year and we will all cherish those memories for a long time. My dad taught me lots about life, lots about business (he helped get me my job at the old Dean Foods 40 years ago- which I thanked him for many times and cursed him out about a few times), and lots about enjoying the time you have here on earth. I'll miss him every day, but I guarantee you I won't run out of good memories from all the fun times we had together. The Johnson clan is quite the collection of individuals with all kinds of faults and lots of goodness. But at our simplest, we are all like Pappy J. We have fun in life with family and friends and we make great lasting memories that help us through the darkness. I love you dad and we will all help take care of each other now that you are gone.

Published May 18th, 2024
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Tom &Sandy Johnson

We are so sad to hear of Pat's passing. We went to school with Pat some & Pat & I (Tom) worked in grocery business for a few years. He was so much fun to be with & it helped that we were both crazy ! Lost track of him for many years but saw Jean & Pat at Woodmans. Enjoyed our many visits. Will miss him. God bless Tom & Sandy Johnson

Published May 18th, 2024
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Tammy Garcia

Brett, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. It is never easy. I'm wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Published May 18th, 2024
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