William H. Johnson

March 10th, 2012

William H. Johnson, age 89, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 10, 2012, at the Winchester Hospital, following a brief illness.

William was born in Malden, MA, on August 5, 1922, he was the dear son of the late Clarence and Lillian (Wakelin) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School.

William lived in Saugus and Burlington before moving to Wilmington many years ago.

William was a Navy Veteran of World War II for four years spending two years in North Africa and he served on the USS Portsmouth Light Cruiser. William received many commendations for his service including the American Campaign, European, Middle Eastern Campaign, and the Victory decoration. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1946. 

Following his return from the Service, William continued his education, graduating with a degree from the New England College of Art. He worked as a Graphic Illustrator at MIT Instrumentation in Cambridge, MA, Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, and RCA Aerospace Laboratory in Burlington, where he worked on the Moon Project. He retired from RCA after twenty-five years of dedicated service.

In his spare time William was an avid gardener, fisherman, and a landscape painter. He will be fondly remembered as kind, generous, and devoted to his family and friends.

William was the beloved husband of Doris (Fiske) Johnson, with whom he celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on January 10th, he was the devoted father of Diane Bosworth of Wilmington and Alan Johnson of Townsend, loving grandfather of Craig and  his wife Kirsten Bosworth, Michelle and her husband Brian Donnelly, Derek Johnson, Bobbi Jo Johnson, Edward and his wife Kristen Johnson, Tamara and her husband Ryan Kaddy, and great grandchildren William, Gresham, Dylan, Nicholas, Briana, Autumn, Amanda, Evan, and Jordan. Dear brother of the late Evelyn Simpson and Gertrude France, brother-in-law of Norma Dube, uncle of Elizabeth Simpson, Linda Paine and her husband Steve, and Janice Clark, as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.


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