Obituary of Samuel A. Johnson
Samuel A. Johnson, 90, died at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City, NY on May 25, 2019 from complications of a life fully lived. He was born in New City the son of James J. and Mildred (Garrison) Johnson.
Sam lived in Rockland County all his life. He graduated from Congers High School, Class of 1946 and entered the US Navy the next day.
Sam started in the submarine service was injured in a fire aboard ship and was transferred to the USS Coral Sea after his convalescence where he was a plank owner. After his discharge he served the in Naval Reserve.
Once out of the Navy he followed his father into the Carpentry trade and worked on the Tappan Zee Bridge until its completion in 1955. He then went to University of NY State where he obtained a teacher's license for vocational training in Carpentry and Electrical Trades.
Sam met his wife, Helga, in 1954. They were married May 7, 1955 in Nanuet, NY. They celebrated 63 years of marriage last May.
Sam spent the rest of his working life as a member of IBEW Local 363 in the Electrical Construction Industry. He became a sought-after General Superintendent for large projects in and around Rockland County. Sam had an entrepreneurial spirit and started several small companies to provide for his family when construction work was limited or not available.
Sam was always involved the community. He was an active member of New City Fire Engine Company #1 for many years as well as a special deputy of the Rockland County Sheriffs. Sam was an avid hunter, fisherman and skier who actively shared his love for these outdoor activities with his family and friends.
Sam retired in January 1992 and he and his wife spent many happy winters in the Florida Keys fishing, boating and snorkeling.
In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded by a son, Thomas and his wife, Helga. Surviving are two sons. Andrew of New City, NY and Michael (Karen) of Old Fort, NC; grandson: Sean (Sarah) McQuerrey; granddaughters: Carole (Dan) Moore, Jennifer McQuerrey, and six great grandchildren. Sam is survived by his brother Charles of Austin, Texas as well as by his devoted brother and sister-in-laws, Dietrich & Nancy Waack of Nyack. Also surviving are numerous loving nieces, nephews and devoted great nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are at the Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home in West Nyack on Tuesday, May 28, from 6 - 8 PM. A funeral service to celebrate Sam’s life will be held at the Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home in West Nyack on Wednesday, May 29th, at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Germonds Cemetery in New City with a reception to follow.
Those who wish to make a memorial donation in Sam’s memory may make gifts to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 323 S. Main Street, New City, NY 10956.
728 West Nyack Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
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