Captain William Robert Johnson – 07 May 1934 ~ 25 May 2023
William Robert (or Bob as he was known) was born on May 7th, 1934, in Matheson, Ontario. At the age of 5, his family moved to Downsview where he attended Kent PS until he graduated from grade 8, and Bloor Collegiate where he completed grade 9. Just about the time he was about to enter grade 10, he decided to join the Canadian Armed Services. At the time he was still 17 years old and had to convince his mother to sign a permission form for him to enlist as an underage soldier. He served 3 years in the Queen’s Own Rifles from 1951 – 54. It was during his army days that he went on a blind date and had the good fortune to meet beautiful young, Anne Gracey who would later become the love of his life. When Bob was in town, he and Anne loved to go dancing at the Young People’s Anglican gatherings, the Boulevard Club, and Casa Loma. Of course, he in his army uniform and Anne in her beautiful cocktail dress would dance the night away. On July 14, 1956, the lovebirds were married at St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Toronto.
Bob was a proud member of the Toronto Fire Service for 26 years where he rose to the position of captain and was affectionately known as “Captain Bob”. Bob’s career began with the Toronto Fire Department on the 15th of June 1956. He was promoted Captain on the 7th of May 1976 and retired on the 11th of March 1983. Bob spent most of his career at Station 14 on both B2 & A2 (345 B & C). Bob enjoyed 40yrs in retirement.
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Visitation – Tuesday, May 30, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1N9
Funeral – Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 1 pm Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1N9
A reception will follow the service.
Sincerest Condolences from all our Retiree Groups go out to his Family and Friends.
Retired Toronto Fire Fighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 3888