Steve J.'s Story
Steve lost his battle with cancer and passed away at home, peacefully with family.
He was born at Addison Gilbert Hospital to Helen "Evon" and Donald Johnson. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1971, going right to work at the Gloucester Times as a printer. He retired 30 years later as Imaging Supervisor for the Beverly Times. While working in Beverly, Steve became a member of the Vittori-Rocci Post where lasting friendships were made and many a happy-hour was spent.
In retirement Steve enjoyed working on home improvements and would often share his time and talent with friends and family.
After retirement Steve found a second career at Applied Materials. He enjoyed working close to home and learning a new trade. He valued the friendships he developed at work.
Spending time with friends and family was always important to Steve. His greatest joys in recent years were his grandchildren. He loved them dearly and could never spend enough time playing with them. They brought a renewed vigor to his life and more happiness than one could imagine.
Steve enjoyed dancing and music. In his younger years he listened to rock and roll music, enjoying it loudly enough to share with our neighbors. Later in life he found joy in classical, folk and Celtic music and listening to NPR.
He was well read in history and politics. He leaned politically left and cared deeply for humanity and the preservation of our planet. He loved his native Gloucester and enjoyed walking along its shoreline, parks, nature trails and beaches.
He contributed to causes that supported those beliefs including Habitat for Humanity, WGBH, The Trustees of Reservation, World Wildlife Federation and The Audubon Society. In leu of flowers, we would suggest picking one of these causes and donating in his honor.
Steve was well liked. His sense of humor, sharp wit and loyalty made for a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, family member and friend. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Nancy; his daughter, Stacey Jelmberg and her husband, Jannik; his son, Jay Steven Johnson and his wife, Yina; their two children, SoHoon and SoYoon; his brother, Donald Johnson and his wife, Susan; his niece, Cindy Lucido and her husband, Anthony; their two sons, Jake and Jarred; his aunt, Jeanette Johnson.
Reception and a celebration of life at The Elks at Bass Rocks, 101 Atlantic Rd., Gloucester, MA on December 11, 2016, 12 to 4 p.m.