SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 9, 2013

Edmund Johnson, 83


Pompton Plains, N.J. — Edmund G. Johnson of Pompton Plains, N.J., formerly of Beverly, passed away at home on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the age of 83.

He was born on October 21, 1929, in Worcester, to Hjalmar T. and Walfrieda J. E. (Anderson) Johnson. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 59 years, Lois M. Johnson; daughter, Sally and husband, Thomas of New City N.Y.; grandchildren, Aiden, Ailis and Keiran; nephew Dana Johnson of Hanksville Vt.; and niece, Martha Pulver of East Greenbush, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Ernest.

Ed was raised in Oxford. After graduating from the Northfield-Mount Hermon School, Ed received his bachelor’s degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. He proudly served in the United States Navy Engineers Corp, where his years of service included postings from Maine to Hawaii.

On leaving the Navy, Ed and Lois settled in Danvers, later moving to Beverly Cove. He was employed by Haley and Aldrich, Inc. of Cambridge, where his work designing foundations for skyscrapers allowed him to influence the Boston skyline. Ed was active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as president of the Boston branch.

On retirement, Ed and Lois embraced their love of travel, exploring cultures and collecting memories from all seven continents. He developed skill as a videographer, generously editing and narrating their adventures for family and the community. When not abroad they enjoyed life by the ocean, sailing the Maine coast with the Jubilee Yacht Club or walking along Patch Beach in Beverly.

Active in his community, Ed was a member of Maple Street Congregational Church for more than 50 years, where he served as a deacon and on the Building Committee. Proud of his Swedish heritage, he was a Trustee for Birka Lodge 732 of the VASA order of America.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Chapel at Cedar Crest Village, Pompton Plains, N.J. www.scanlanfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923.