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Robert Allen Johnson

Robert Allen Johnson, 77, passed away on March 30, 2022.

He was born on April 28, 1944 and left this world 2 years and 29 days ahead of his goal. He had hoped to live until age 80, but was pleased to have all the years he got. As a teenager a heart murmur was detected during a sports physical. This murmur was worked up and determined to be a congenital defect that led to his first open heart surgery at 17.

Bob is survived by his wife of 17 years, Nancy Johnson, his daughter, Erin Adkins (Duane), his son, Daniel Johnson (Feira Taylor), and his children’s mother, Mary Johnson. Bob is also survived by step-daughters Tammy Horton, and Tonya Snyder (Robert). Step-grandchildren include Heather Caudle (greats: Emma, George, Wells, and Lucy), Robbie Snyder, and Dylan Snyder. Bob is also survived by his brother, Richard Johnson, his sister, Kathy Pellizzeri, and his two nieces Lindsay Johnson and Zoe Lathwell. Bob was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bob was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Beatrice Johnson and his nephew William Richard.

Bob graduated Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and went on to achieve his PhD in Psychology from University of Illinois. His doctoral dissertation took him from Champaign, Illinois to California in 1970. Both his siblings migrated to California after his move and maintain homes there today. Bob relocated his family to Chapel Hill, NC in 1973 after a job offer from UNC and employment at John Umstead Hospital. At that time, he was the youngest assistant professor ever hired within the Department of Psychology. After leaving the University in 1991, he began his next career at Disability Determination Services in Raleigh, NC.

Bob and Nancy were married in October 2004 during a private ceremony in Vermont. Their shared fur babies were cats Rascal, Summer, and most recently Clara. For many years, they enjoyed traveling back to New England and Canada for long trips in the Fall. With age, travel became harder, particularly due to Bob’s disdain for flying. The most recent trip to Canada was Fall 2017. This was a family road trip with memories made that will be forever cherished. For his 75th Birthday in Wilmington, NC he was surprised when the whole family including his brother, Rich, arrived to celebrate him on this special day.

Bob met people easily, was engaging and a master storyteller. Bob was a parent that gave his all raising good kids, he enjoyed the outdoors, playing league softball, and excelled at fantasy basketball. Bob was an avid basketball fan and pulled for both UNC Tarheels and Boston Celtics. Bob liked collecting, first sports memorabilia and then coins. Bob was kind and considerate with a generous heart. Bob cared for his ailing father for five years, insisting that his father come live in his home after Alfred became paraplegic due to spinal cancer.

In more recent years, Bob found it increasingly difficult to get out due to his own physical limitations. Bob was so appreciative of the loving care he received from Nancy. Nancy’s assistance allowed Bob to stay in the home that they made together and he was so thankful for that. Nancy’s love and constant companionship fueled his world.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 9,2022 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 9,2022 at 3:00 PM at Carolina Memorial Gardens officiated by Pastor David Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, NC.

1 Comment

  • Tillotson Cathy Posted April 4, 2022 1:54 pm

    Thinking of you Nancy. Love ❤️

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