Edward F. “Ed” Johnson

August 25, 2018

Edward F. “Ed” Johnson
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Vietnam War

in Woburn, August 25th at seventy four years of age.  Beloved husband of Molly (Mayock) Johnson.  Devoted father of Edward F. Johnson Jr., his wife Anne Marie of Woburn, Amy E. O’Brien, her husband David of Woburn, Dexter B. Johnson, his wife Tracey of Littleton, William D. Johnson, his wife Kimberlee of Woburn.  Dear brother of Judy Foley, her husband James of Woburn and Joanne Moynahan, her husband Joseph of S. Hampton.  Cherished grandfather of Edward III, Henry, Bridget, Margaret, Jennifer, Lindsey, Meghan, Thomas, Caroline, Katherine, Ryan, Anna and Madelyn.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 29th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church,  Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Tuesday 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Johnson to the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

Edward F. “Ed” Johnson, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday morning, August 25th. The beloved husband of Molly (Mayock) Johnson, he was seventy-four years of age.
Born in Woburn, Ed was one of three children of the late Dexter B. and Marjorie (Smith) Johnson, all descendants of Captain Edward F. Johnson, one of the founders of Woburn. Raised in Woburn, Ed was a graduate of Kimball Union Academy, in New Hampshire. Ed continued his education at Norwich University in Northfield, VT, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Administration. It was during this time that he had the wonderful pleasure of being introduced to Molly Mayock from Longmeadow. In 1966, they married and several days after their wedding he headed off to flight school. Ed served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He proudly served his country in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. His focus, determination, fearlessness and courage during this time led him to being the recipient of the Purple Heart, Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Aviator Badge, and Vietnam Service Medal. Ed followed this service with several years in the Army Reserves.
Upon his return home to Woburn, he began working in the banking industry. Ed was an active and vital part of the Woburn National Bank. Ed worked to bring the bank into the new computer world, completely and utterly transforming the way people banked there. Throughout his twenty-eight years, he served as a role model and mentor to many. He was equally invested as a member of Kiwanis and the Woburn Business Association.
When Ed retired, he turned his love for woodworking into a second career. Over the years, he and his coworkers at Wood ‘n Things were masterful in the refinishing of many old treasures ranging from the front doors of St. Charles Church to a small table in a living room. Each was done with expertise and meticulous craftsmanship.
Making their home in Woburn, he and Molly raised and educated their children, participating in all of the many different activities, functions, sporting events, and educational pursuits. Summers were spent at the Sandpiper on Long Beach and Misquamicut, R.I. Boating, swimming, riding the waves on a board or stomach, always just having fun together as family, that’s what it was all about.
Ed loved the beach as a child and now his children and grandchildren share that passion. Ed was the very proud “Grampy” of thirteen lucky grandchildren whom he loved and enjoyed over the years. Ed and Molly’s boat that sits in Gloucester harbor is the “Lucky 13” in honor of these grandchildren. Nothing gave him more joy than watching the thirteen grandchildren spending time together on the beach, or wherever they might gather.
Despite his many achievements, Ed carried himself with the quiet confidence and humility of a true gentleman.
Ed was predeceased by both his parents, Dexter and Marjorie (Smith) Johnson. He is lovingly survived by his dear wife Molly of fifty-one years, his children; Edward F. Johnson Jr., his wife Anne Marie of Woburn, Amy E. O’Brien, her husband David of Woburn, Dexter B. Johnson II, his wife Tracey of Littleton, William D. Johnson, his wife Kimberlee of Woburn. Dear brother of Judy Foley, her husband James of Woburn and Joanne Moynahan, her husband Joseph of Southampton. Cherished grandfather of Edward III, Henry, Bridget, Margaret, Jennifer, Lindsey, Meghan, Thomas, Caroline, Katherine, Ryan, Anna and Madelyn.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 29th at 9 a.m.followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony Parish, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10a.m. Interment at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Tuesday 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Johnson to the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 29th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church,  Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Tuesday 3-7 p.m.. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Johnson to the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Molly and family – so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing – lots of memories. My warmest heartfelt thoughts to you and the family.

    Elizabeth Graham

  2. Lynne & Glen Valante

    Dear Amy, David and Johnson family,
    We were sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are keeping you all in our prayers.

  3. Dear Molly and Family – Sorry to hear about Eddie’s passing. Working with Eddie was a joy, so laid back and fun to be with. He will be missed by so many, he touched quite a few lives. Take care.

    Bo DiLorenzo

    The Villages FL

  4. My sincerest condolences to Ed’s family. The loss is saddening, foir thos who knew him and for the community…..

    Mal Houck

  5. michael mcsheffrey

    God Blesd Mr.Johnson. Im lucky to have known such a man. A hero a big hearted man. He an Molly put up with all of E.J. friends at their house on hilltop and what pain in the ass we are and still are. They welcome all of us in and there was a lot. like a second mom and dad.

  6. I’m very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I will always remember our time serving our Country in Vietnam. We spent 13 months on tour together. Ed was a hero being honored for his heroic acts with a Silver Star as a Captain. What a great guy! He will be missed. My thoughts are with you and the entire family.

  7. To the Johnson Family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Johnson was a wonderful man. I had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions when I worked for Malcolm H. Houck. Any time that he visited the office he always had a smile on his face. We would talk about Long Beach and his family. He was so very proud of all of you. He will be greatly missed. Praying for your family at this most difficult time.

  8. Robert H Mc Donough Jr

    Molly, Ed, Amy, Dexter, Billy, Anne Marie, David, Tracey, Kimberlee – I am so saddened to hear of Eddie’s passing he was the perfect boss, friend and mentor in my life. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

    Robert H Mc Donough Jr
    Woburn, Ma

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