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George M. Johnson Dies Suddenly

By Michael F. Cahill | Nov 10, 2017
George M. Johnson

George M. Johnson, Jr., 77, of Bradford, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 3.

Born on September 3, 1940 in Bradford, he was a son of the late George M. and Elizabeth A. (Anderson) Johnson, Sr. He was a 1958 graduate of Bradford High School and had attended Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smith, N. Y.

On July 1, 1961 he and Shirley F. (Holden) Johnson mrried. She survives.

George was employed at Kendall Refining Company, Witco Corporation. He retired as plant supervisor from American Refining Group after 43 years of total service.

Following his retirement he was employed by Shultz Auto Group and Zippo Manufacturing. At the time of his death he was working his dream job at The Lodge at Glendorn where he enjoyed educating and guiding guests using the experience, skills, and know-ledge he gained as an avid sportsman, including skeet shooting, hunting, and fishing. He also had a passion for raising and training dogs and spent countless hours prepping and preparing bird dogs for the upcoming hunting season.

George was active in the community as a former member of the Bradford Exchange Club, and the American Heart Association where he served as director and was instrumental in organizing and executing the American Heart Association Skeet Shooting fundraiser. He was a life member of the Bradford Gun Club and devoted much time to building and development of the existing club.

George was the former secretary of the Venango Bird Dog Club, and the Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Futurity. He retired last year after 30 years of service.

He was currently the secretary of the Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship, in which the top fourteen dogs in the country compete to win the championship. He was a member and served on the board of the Grand National Grouse Championship. In 2012 George was inducted into the Legends of the Cover Dog World, with the plaque hanging in The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tenn.

Surviving in addition to his wife Shirley “Edith” of 56 years, are two daughters, Kimberly (Joe) Caldwell of Bradford, and Kristin (Bruce) Young of Springville, N. Y., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 7. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the George Johnson Patron Memorial Fund, in care of The Bird Dog Foundation, P. O. Box 774, Grand Junction TN, 38039, or the SPCA or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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