Civic-minded Johnson dies at age 67

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 05:21 PM.

“I’m sad. He was our Santa Claus forever,” said Havelock Mayor Will Lewis. “He will be missed this year. He was just a good guy, a veteran. I spent a lot of time working with him on the parade committee. He was a good guy and he really loved Havelock, so it’s a shame.”

Charles Justice was a friend of Johnson’s and a fellow Shriner.

“Al Johnson was one of the nicest, friendliest guys you ever want to meet,” Justice said. “He knew exactly what he wanted to do and he let it be known. Al was a lifelong Mason and Shriner in the Order and supported the children’s hospitals and anybody else he could.

Johnson was a member of the Down East Coalition for American Veterans, a member of the Marine Corps League, and the Fleet Reserve Association.

“The city of Havelock has lost a good man,” Justice said. “They will be hard pressed to replace him.”

Johnson is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marsha Henry Johnson, three sons and four grandchildren.

“He was a sweetheart,” Commissioner Brenda Wilson said. “He brought joy to our whole town being Santa Claus. I loved seeing him riding his motorcycle up and down waving to the kids. He’s just a special guy and our parade will miss him.”

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