It is with profound sadness that the family of Mr. Clifford Louis Johnson announce his passing April 18th, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospice after a long illness which he fought courageously to the end. He is survived by his loving wife Susan (Ostrom) Johnson of 44 years, sons Len Johnson and Steven (Yvonne) Johnson, as well as twin brother Ron Johnson. He is also survived by many in-laws, as well as nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Louis and Dora Johnson, sister-in-law Susan Johnson, and brother and sister-in-law Andy and Marlene Kucseba. Cliff was born in Ottawa, October 16th, 1947, which started an adventurous life. He spent his early youth growing up in the remote bush camps of Northern Ontario, where his love of camping was developed and later shared with Susan and the boys in the "Shasta".
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When the family moved to Port Arthur in the early 50's, Cliff attended St. James Public School and then Lakeview High School. It was during his years at Lakeview that he helped found the band "The Viscounts", a popular local group that played many dances, shows, and radio stations. The band also shared the stage with bands like "The Guess Who" at the Fort William Gardens. His varied career included working for the pipelines in Thunder Bay and British Columbia, the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, Dawson Court and several radio stations as a newscaster and as a disc jockey. After this, he attended Confederation College for Electronics, until joining Thunder Bay Telephone in the 1970's.
Cliff loved his career with Thunder Bay Telephone from which he retired after 25 years of loyal service. He helped keep local residents safe with his work on the 911 systems, as well as other key phone services. He missed going to work very much upon his retirement.
Throughout his life, he strove to be the best husband and father putting his family above all else.
As per his request, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral.
The family would like to thank family and friends for all of their wishes, food and cards. A special thank you to his at home palliative care nurses Marie and Don and the staff at St. Joseph's Hospice.
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