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Richard J. Johnson

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“I’m so sorry to hear about Richard. He was such a memorable person with such a lovely family. He will be missed by many. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Christen Grainger - Friend

“Dear Rut and family, so sorry to hear about Dick. We have missed seeing you both over the past few years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Carol and Phil Palonen - CT

“Richard was such a kind soul and known lovingly as Farfar to more than his own grandchildren, but to ours as well. He will always be remembered...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Amy & Michael Burgraff - MA

“Vila i frid vår älskade farfar. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Sigrid and August Johnson

“Älskade Farfar. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Sigrid Johnson - Linköping, MA

“Beklagar sorgen.En alldeles särskilt fin man, pappa, farfar och min tidigare svärfar har gått ur tiden. Mina tankar är med er...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Renée Grundström

“Richard and Rut have been friends of mine since the fall of 1965. Rut had given up her job as a nurse in Sweden to come to the US to marry Richard....Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Margareta Claesson - Eliot, ME

With our 6 grand children “We remember our very friendly and helpful neighbors across the street with great joy.Ruth, I wish you, strength to continue your life without Richard...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Birgitta Nordstrom - Concord, MA

“Rut, Eric and Larz, So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a good friend and summer work partner. His values were strong and uncompromising to...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Thomas Geagan - Chatham, MA

“" See you later alligator", and he would wait for the response."A Swede in need" was another.A sweet man, great neighbors. We'll miss him.May he rest...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Mark Tanya - Concord, MA

“Richard was a wonderful man, husband, father, teacher and poet. When I think of him I will always hear "holy moley, it's doctor Foley". I never...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Richard Foley - Acton, MA

Janet and me ... and a grandbabyy “For me ... he was Cousin Dickie. Great hockey player, tough, fair, no nonsense. Same as a respected teacher for decades. Well done, Cousin. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Robert Hopkins - Phoenix, AZ

“My deepest sympathies. So sorry to hear this very sad news. I was a colleague of Dick's at L-S and I help lead the LS alum Facebook group. Many...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Schechter - Brookine, MA

“Lars and family,I will never forget the first time I met your Dad years ago at the Federal Savings bank. He and your Mom were such a wonderful couple...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“My condolences to the Johnson family. I had the pleasure of taking accounting with Mr Johnson and what a wonderful teacher and such a kind man. ...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Elaine Bailey - Ashland, MA

“My condolences to the Johnson family. What a terrific teacher. I was fortunate enough to take business law in high school and even more so to have a...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Ken Wollins - Sudbury, MA

“When Penny, Marquette and I first joined First Lutheran, Richard and Rut were among the first to welcome us and always had a warm word. Richard...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Steve Latter - Watertown, MA


Concord – Mr. Richard J. Johnson, of Concord, died peacefully on September 5, 2020 with his family and Pastor by his side. He was 85 years old.

Richard was born in Waltham on December 10, 1934, the son of the late John and Marguerite (Olson) Johnson. After graduating from Waltham High School in 1953 he earned a full hockey scholarship to Northeastern University where he played for four years; later earning his masters degree from Babson College. On October 9, 1965 he married Rut K. Geholm at the First Lutheran Church in Waltham. The pair settled in Concord where they raised their two sons.

Richard enjoyed a 44 year career as an educator at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. He truly made a difference in generations of children and was awarded both the Lincoln-Sudbury and Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Waltham and found great solace and peace at Camp Calumet on Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire. He maintained his love for hockey throughout his life and enjoyed coaching his boys throughout the U.S. and Canada. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Rut K. (Geholm) Johnson; his sons, Erik J. Johnson and his wife, Doriana, of London, UK and Lars O. Johnson of Lancaster and by his grandchildren August, Sigrid, Frida, Linnea and Lilly.

He was also the brother of the late Louise Schaubach.

His funeral service and burial will be private but can be viewed by visiting http://distantlink.com/joyce.html at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to First Lutheran Church, 6 Eddy St., Waltham, MA 02453, Camp Calumet, PO Box 236 W. Ossipee, NH 03890 or to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1200 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420.