David Alanson Johnson

Jan. 25, 1916 – Aug. 6, 2015

Born in Vernon Jan. 25, 1916; died in Victoria, Aug. 6, 2015. David’s family is grateful for his long and love-filled life. He was a devoted son, brother, brother-in-law, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. The joy of music filled our lives and all others who entered 415 Howe St. He could still play a tune on his banjo for his 99th birthday! His sense of humour and winsome smile continued to light up lives to the very end. Predeceased by his loving wife Isabella, whom he has missed dearly since 2001. Also predeceased by his sisters Frances McLean and Alice Bryce, brothers Ted, Wesley and Jim. Survived by his eight children, Wesley(Wendy), David (Patricia), Richard (Lee), Gary (Linda), Valerie (Dave), Beverly (Jim), Hilary (Roxie), Ethelwyn (David) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Also survived by brother Herb (Ollie)and sister Ruth Martensen of Vernon. He was like a big brother to 4 surviving sisters-in-law, Lillian Quin of Sooke, Ethelwyn Catalano and Rosemary Mandoli both of Trail and Agnes Griko of Nelson. He led a varied and hardworking life as a miner, logger, carpenter, millwright, WW II soldier, gardener and beekeeper. We all cherish many fond memories of music, crib games, huckleberry picking, honey tasting and all of our babies bouncing on his knees, while he sang a song or played an instrument. Graveside internment will be at the Nelson Cemetary, October 10 at 1:30 pm, followed by a tea at the Nelson Legion.

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