George Douglas Johnson
May 23, 1921 to March 30, 2018
George Douglas Johnson, Sr., a resident of North Amityville since 1950, died at the Massapequa Center Rehabilitation & Nursing on March 30, 2018 less than two months before his 97th birthday.
George was born in Mineola, on May 23, 1921 to Murry Dudley Johnson, and his wife Maude Abby Mitchell. Born right after the First World War George grew up during the Great Depression, attending Westbury Public Schools. Mr. Johnson was very industrious as a teenager, working different types of jobs, which included carrying golf bags for 25 cents per bag at Bethpage Golf Course. Proudly, he would wear his caddie uniform of khaki trousers, white polo shirts, and red caps on which the caddies' number was prominently displayed, said his family. He never forgot his number #739!
During his caddie years, George dated Rosalyn Caldwell, and would hitchhike from Westbury to Bethpage, and after a day of carrying heavy golf bags, catch a ride to North Amityville where Caldwell lived. The couple was married on May 22, 1942.
The young couple spent just 6-months together before Mr. Johnson went on active duty. He was sent for Tank Destroyers Weapons training, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant, a non-commissioned officer placed in command of a squad of about 10-soldiers. He also achieved the expert status on the M-1 rifle, and Thompson submachine gun, which won him a leave to visit his brother Murry Dewitt Johnson, Jr. stationed in Louisiana.
Mr. Johnson was sent overseas, arriving in Europe on June 9, 1944, or "D-Day plus 3," as it would become known. He participated in the German offensive campaign known as the Battle of the Bulge on the western front in the Ardennes region, December 16, 1944 through January 1945. George received his honorable discharged from the US Army for his service in 1945.
After the war, Mr. Johnson and his wife built their house on Albany Avenue in North Amityville. He was a strong believer in it takes a community to raise children, and did his part by restoring bicycles for the young, as well as counseling the male teenagers, said his family. He loved to talk about the community and its people he would call home for 68 years.
Mr. Johnson was a dedicated employee for LILCO for many years before retiring.
Mr. Johnson's wife Rosalind predeceased him in 1973.
George had the ability to make his family and others laugh in serious situations. Two weeks earlier, he had suffered a stroke, while not losing consciousness his heart stopped in the emergency room. Shortly after regaining the beat, he was heard joking with the staff that he couldn't figure out how to "turn the handle for the gate" to heaven!
He is survived by his son George from Plainfield, NJ and his daughter Rosalind from Amityville, NY, and a nephew David Johnson, His grandsons, Alton, Reginald, and Johnathan and his granddaughter Portia also survive him as do his great-great grandchildren, Francesca, Elijah, Miles, Brittani, Aubrie, Devery.
Mr. Johnson will repose at the Powell Funeral Home, 67 Broadway, Amityville April 9, 2018. A Program of Remembrancewill be celebrated Tuesday, Apri 10. 2018 at 10:00 am, followed by interment with Military Honors in Long Island National Cemetery.