On April 28, 2020 at the age of 76 years old. John was the son of the late Walter “Cecil” and Mary (Day) Johnson. He is survived by brother William “Mickey” Cromwell and his wife Lucy of Mashpee, Walter Johnson and his wife Lenora of Revere, and his “baby” sister Martha of Everett. John was pre-deceased by brothers: Richard Cromwell and Charles Johnson, and his sisters: Charlotte and Ruth, Mary Theresa. John is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
John spent the last three years at the Lighthouse Nursing Center in Revere where is was the life of the “party”. Prior to that John was a security guard at the airport and before that worked for many years as a bartender in Boston’s Combat zone.
John loved to travel to Cape Cod and Maine, loved sitting on the front porch talking and joking with the neighbors, decorating for the holidays especially Christmas and gardening. He had great pleasure hanging out with nieces and nephews and their friends especially when they were having get togethers or parties in the yard. Most people thought John was a grumpy and mean person but as you got to know him you knew that was of his way of telling you he loved you otherwise; he just wouldn’t bother talking or being around you. As many people say John “always kept it real” or as one of his niece’s called him “Oscar the Grouch with a Big Heart”. One of the things John did was chase all the kids with his Bamboo stick, if they weren’t behaving and sometimes if they were; and he didn’t care how big or small you were either; if you were an adult or a child. John was all about respecting your elders, manners, and having fun…he was honest generous loving and loved. His nicknames were “A Ray of Sunshine”, “Oscar the Grouch ” and The “Grinch”. In lieu of flowers send donations to the charity of your choice.
In light of the recent development with COVID-19, all funeral services will be private.