Johnson, Gordon


1941 - 2018

Gordon, of Ayer's Cliff, passed away peacefully in the palliative care unit of Magog Hospital, on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the age of 77.  He was predeceased by his parents Rose (Markovitch) and Lawrence Johnson as well as his brothers Howard and Robert.  Also predeceased by his loving wife Sandra Hughes.

Born in England, Gordon arrived in Canada on the Queen Mary at age 5 and grew up on the family farm in Hatley.  He spent the majority of his life in Ayer's Cliff where he made his living as a truck driver.  An avid hockey fan, he often ran the local hockey pool and thoroughly enjoyed morning debates over coffee, especially if discussing his beloved Maple Leafs. He coached hockey and won the midget provincial championship in 1972.  He began running in 1977 and was a regular fixture on the local road racing scene.  Over the years he ran 68 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 17 times. He was very active and often biked or hiked and also enjoyed practicing photography.  His love of sports carried over to writing a sports column for The Stanstead Journal.

He leaves to mourn his children Ronald, Sue-Anne (Randall Lynch), Paul (Cindy Keet) and Melissa (Roch Potvin).  He was predeceased by his firstborn son Randall.  He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Ryan & Danyl; Amber & Cameron; Griffin, Phoebe and Marina; as well as Rose.  He will be missed by his stepchildren: Scott, Tricia (Neil McComb) and Terry (Liane Courtemanche) Smith and step grandchildren: Gabrielle, Julia, Tara; Tyler and Trevor; Brendan and Erika. He also leaves other relatives and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held at the Cass funeral home, 900 Clough St, Ayer’s Cliff, QC, J0B 1C0, on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Castilloux, oncologist at the CHUS-Fleurimont, as well as the caregivers of the palliative care unit at the CSSS Memphremagog for the excellent care provided to Gordon.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer society, 5151 boul. de l’Assomption, Montréal, Québec, H1T 4A9, would be appreciated by the family.

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Paul, Melissa & SueAnne

Sending you and your families all my love and sympathies at the passing of your father.


Amanda Holt, November 7, 2018

Sue anne and family

Our deepest sympathies. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful,
active community member. Our thoughts are with you, Randall, Amber and Cameron. Jen, Brian, Jakob and Trent.

Jen downey, November 7, 2018

Sue-Anne Johnson-Lynch

To you and your family...My deepest condolences in your time of loss and sadness.

Susan Miholics, November 7, 2018

Sue-Anne, Paul and Melissa

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We will be thinking of you during this tough time.

Lana, November 7, 2018

Paul, Sue-Anne & Melissa

My thoughts are with you and the whole Johnson family.
I remember your father well, he was a great man. May the wonderful memories of him stay in your hearts forever.


Nancy Piercy, November 7, 2018

Sue-Anne, Paul and Melissa

Thinking of you all, and remembering your dad in his running shoes, waving and smiling. What a great story about all the things he loved. My sympathies.

Tasha, November 7, 2018


To Ronald & your son & family! Sending love & condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Your dad sounds to be amazing man!
Love always,
P.S. let do coffee soon ❤️

Daphne March , November 7, 2018

Linda Grenon

Sharing in your sadness as you remember Gordie.
We hope you feel surrounded by much love.
Hugs from Alec and Marian

Marian, November 7, 2018

Gordon Johnson, to all his family and friends

To all his family and friends, You have all my sympathies. We will all miss a very good man.

Roger Ducharme, November 7, 2018

The family

I grew up knowing Gord, his parents were my parents best friends ( George and May Povey). I"m so sorry to hear about his passing ,especially from this horrible cancer!
I too had it and so far so good but I've lost too many as well.
Please except my condolences, I will fondly remember our times together on the farm as kids

Lynne Povey Smith, November 7, 2018

Sue-Anne, Paul, Melissa, and Families

Sorry to hear if your loss. My sympathies to you all.

Gail Bowen, November 7, 2018

Paul, Cindy and Family

Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Deepest sympathy to all of you

Hamilton, November 8, 2018

Sue-Anne, Randall, Amber and Cameron

Our thoughts are with you at this time. We are sorry for your loss.

Ken, Lisa, Daniel and Evan, November 8, 2018

The Johnson family

our deepest sympathies to your family, Gordie was a great guy and will be missed by many. we are thinking of you at this time of sorrow in your like. He will live forever in your memories.

Delbert and Christina Smith, November 9, 2018

Paul , Sue-Ann , Melissa & Families

Our deepest sympathies to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Gordie will be truly missed by family and his many friends.

Sandra & Danny Piercy, November 11, 2018

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