Chelmsford, MA — Arthur H. Johnson, 87, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic, surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Larssen) Johnson, who survives him, and with whom he shared 60 wonderful years of marriage.
Arthur was born in Woburn, Mass., on August 11, 1926, and was a son of the late Ernest B. and Ruth C. (Peterson) Johnson.
Arthur spent his early childhood in Woburn, later moving to Dunstable, and then Lexington, where he was raised on a dairy farm.
He attended Essex County Agricultural School, and upon graduation, honorably served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Princeton. He loved his country and proudly served.
Arthur owned and operated Arthur H. Johnson Plumbing & Heating. He served Chelmsford and the surrounding areas for over 36 years, until his retirement in 2008. He loved the interaction with his customers and cared about them deeply.
He was a devout Christian and a member of the Carlisle Congregational Church, where he also taught Sunday School. He took great pride in his Swedish heritage traditions and passed on these traditions to his children. One of Arthur’s favorite pastimes was tending to his garden and sharing the fruits of his labor, especially his prized tomatoes, with family, friends and neighbors. A devoted husband and father, Arthur enjoyed attending almost every sporting event played by his children and grandchildren. He was a true family man, who cherished every moment spent with his beloved family.
In addition to the love of his life, Barbara, he is survived by his five children; Pamela S. Murphy and her husband, Barry, of Haverhill, Arthur H. Johnson Jr. and his wife, Coral, of Nashua, N.H., Erik H. Johnson and his wife, Donna, of Merrimack, N.H., Sonja R. Pratt and her husband, Laurence, of Nashua, and Melissa E. Duffy and her husband, Mark, of Chelmsford; 11 grandchildren, Shawna Mottram and her husband, Michael, Owen Murphy and his fiancée, Helen Veasey, Nolan Murphy and his wife, Linsay, Michael, Alyssa, Blake, Courtney, Luke, and Emily Johnson, Alexander Pratt and Erin Duffy; four great-grandchildren, Morgan, Jack and Logan Mottram, and Bronwyn Murphy; two brothers, Rev. Ernest B. Johnson of E. Sandwich, and Robert Johnson of Westford; his sister, Lorraine Small and her husband, Howard, of South Yarmouth; a sister in-law, Blanche Johnson of Wiscasset, Maine; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Rev. Stanley F. Johnson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen Street, Chelmsford, on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Carlisle, Mass. Please meet at the church. Interment will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Congregational Church. Funeral Director Paul A. Hardy Jr. To offer condolences, visit BLAKEFUNERALHOME.COM.