, Salem, MA

November 9, 2012

Robert F. Johnson

Marblehead — Robert F. Johnson of Marblehead, MA, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2012, surrounded by his family. Bob was married to Sandy, the love of his life for more than 52 years. He was a deeply devoted father to their sons Mark and his wife Colleen, Michael and his wife Sabine, Paul and his wife Bonnie and their daughter Janet Husband and her husband Chris. He was an adoring “Bumpa” to their nine grandchildren, Rob, Ashley, Amanda, Samantha, Devon and Camden Johnson and Nicholas, Erika and Christopher Roth. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia as well as countless friends and colleagues worldwide.

Bob was a native of Dorchester, MA, having graduated from Dorchester High School in 1956. He continued his education at night while supporting his family, graduating with a B.S. degree from Northeastern University’s School of Law Enforcement and a J.D. from The New England School of Law. His dedication to education remained throughout his life, as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University as well as a Trustee and Overseer for the school. He was also a recipient of Northeastern’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Business and Industry.

His distinguished professional career centered around more than 28 years of executive and entrepreneurial success as the Co-Founder, President and CEO of First Security Services Corporation. Through his leadership, the firm grew to be one of the largest private security firms in the US, providing careers and education to countless thousands in the Northeast. He was a founding member and past President of the International Security Management Association. His expertise in security and law enforcement also led Bob to important public service engagements with the Boston and New York City police departments in their historic re-engineering projects and was also a member of the Special Advisory Task Force for Massport formed by the then-Governor of Massachusetts after the 9/11 attacks.

He had a lifelong love of the ocean and boating, and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956 to 1958 as a helmsman on the USS Tweedy and USS Dashiell.

He will be remembered fondly for his humor, intellect and fierce dedication to family and friends. Most of all, he will be remembered for the smile on his face and the light in his eyes when playing with his children and grandchildren over his long and wonderful life.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at the Old North Church, 35 Washington Street, Marblehead, on Saturday, November 10, at 1 PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours will held at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead, on Friday from 4 to 8 PM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Bob’s memory to the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Dean’s Fund at 716 Columbus Avenue, Room 402C, Boston, MA 02120 or the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at For online guest book and directions, please visit