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Robert “Bob” Johnson

January 15th, 2021

Robert J. (Bob) Johnson, age 80 died peacefully at home in Stoneham, MA on January 14, 2021; surrounded by family and loved ones after a year long battle with cancer.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Ann C. (Crofton) Johnson, devoted father of Robert C. Johnson & Spouse Pilar Gabriel of Nashua, NH, Stephanie A. Johnson & spouse Erik Benson of Newton, NH and David C. Johnson & spouse Christopher Johnson of Nashua, NH. Cherished Life-Partner of Marian Pacheco of Stoneham, Loving “Granddaddy” of Severen, Mercedes, Kayla-Ann, Myles and Alyssa-Ann, dear son of the late Leo and Gertrude (Brushette) Johnson, brother of Arlene DiRocco of Burlington and the late Leo Johnson. Bob is further survived by his daughter-in-law Lori-Ann Johnson of Nashua, NH, his extended Doherty/Steph/Pacheco/Ford families and many friends.

Bob was born on August 27, 1940 in Somerville, MA, to his parents and grew up in Somerville, MA with his parents and two siblings. Bob was close to his parents and both sets of grandparents who lived close by. He lost his father tragically at the age of 14 and also became close to his step-father the late Charlie Jones. Bob always remembered his father lovingly as a union man who fought for workers’ rights. He remained dedicated to his mother and called her every Sunday until her passing in 1992.

Bob met his wife Ann, fresh off the boat from Ireland, at a dance in 1967 and they married in 1969. Bob truly married his best friend and they had many happy years together. They loved to go to dances and to travel in their later years. They especially enjoyed trips to her home country of Ireland. They settled in Lexington , MA and raised their three children; Rob, Steph and Dave. They talked about choosing Lexington in order to provide the best possible education for their children. They raised their family with love and laughter and as much wisdom as they could. Bob was never happier than when he was making his family laugh. At the same time, he provided strength, and a calm and stable influence. His two sons credit him with being their role model as they became fathers themselves. Bob took loving care of his wife Ann through illness in the last year of her life. He was heartbroken by her passing in 2010.

Bob felt blessed to find love again when he met Marian, his life partner, at Franny’s Diner in 2011. He lovingly referred to her as “Marian my love.” He shared many happy years with Marian. They shared adventures large and small on their many travels. Bob loved his time with Marian’s family, with whom he grew very close. Marian took care of Bob and was a dedicated partner through his battle with cancer and to the very end.

Bob was the loving “Granddaddy” to his five grandchildren; Kayla-ann, Myles and Ayssa-ann; Severen and Mercedes. He spread that same love and laughter into the lives of his grandchildren, with whom he remained close throughout his life.

Bob joined the army in 1960 and was proud of his service overseas in Dachau, Germany. He was always happy to share his many adventures and mis-adventures in the army. He spent most of his career working for the MBTA where he earned his nickname “Bullet” for the speed at which he drove the trains. He was a Chief Inspector when he retired from the MBTA after 23 years in 1997. He was a dedicated union delegate and fought passionately for the rights of all his workers. Standing up for people was an essential part of who he was.

Bob will be remembered for his kind nature, his boisterous sense of humor and his passionate beliefs. He could be forgiven for falling into an argument or two about politics given his easy going nature in every other area of his life. He was a man who grew and adapted throughout his life. He embodied the notion that you should always do the best you can and when you know better, do better. His kindness and good nature won him many friends. It was often said about Bob that “everyone loved him.” Bob, Bullet, Dad, Granddaddy will be missed by many. His love, laughter, wisdom and compassion live on through all those whose lives he touched.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, January 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors for Bob will take place on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Lindenwood Cemetery, Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert “Bob” Johnson”

  1. Tony Dello Russo says:

    I counted Bob among my dear friends. He was truly passionate about many things but always willing to listen (not necessarily agree) to dissenting opinions.
    His smile, pleasant manner and friendliness will be surely missed by the hundreds of RMCA members. May he rest in peace

  2. Gary Morton says:

    My deepest condolences to the Johnson family!

  3. Liz and Bob Mogauro’s says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was the nicest guy. Rest in peace

  4. Liz and Rich Alcock says:

    Dear Steph,

    Rich and I are thinking about you guys. We are so glad that you got to spend so much time with your dad. We know you will both miss him.
    Love, Liz and Rich

  5. Elizabeth Doherty says:

    Marian and Families,

    So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and know he is not suffering anymore. Always remember the great memories you all shared with him throughout the years.. Thinking and praying for you guys at this sad time xo

    Love and hugs,
    Liz

  6. Walter Michael Foley says:

    Loyal and true friend. I’ll miss you, Bullet. Rest in peace.

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