William Albin Johnson

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William Albin Johnson, 84, of Cotuit, Mass., on March 31, 2017. He was the son of the late Alfred A. Johnson and Henrietta Johnson (Anderson). Dear brother of the late Ruth L. Blake and the late Dorothy E. Mueller. The beloved husband of Edna Johnson (Shores) of Cotuit and loving father of sons Willem Johnson of Plano, TX, Alan Johnson of Williston, VT and an unnamed son who passed immediately following birth. Devoted grandfather of Evan and Anya Johnson of Williston, VT. Dear cousin of Elizabeth R. “Betty” and her husband Donald Call of Bradenton, FL.

Mr. Johnson was born at Boston City Hospital and attended Boston schools. Upon graduating from Roslindale High School in 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he discovered his passion for being on the water and served as a lithographer and rescue swimmer on the U.S.S. Yellowstone.

Following his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he began a career as a lineman. After working for Boston Edison, he moved to Cotuit in 1969 and continued his career with Commonwealth Electric Utilities.

Bill’s appetite for boating adventure took him to the 1964 New York World’s Fair via water, and also included cruising trips on the Hudson River, Erie Canal, Lake Champlain, the Great Lakes and Canada. In addition to being an active and well-recognized part of the boating community in Cotuit, Bill returned to public service as a search and rescue coxswain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1976 until 1980, patrolling the waters of Nantucket Sound.

A graveside service was held at Mosswood Cemetery, in Cotuit.

Memorials in his name may be made to