Daniel Richard Johnson
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 17, 1943
  • Date of passing: Jan 5, 2016
Let the memory of Dan be with us forever

Daniel Richard Johnson

Daniel Johnson, 72, of Orleans passed away peacefully on January 5th at home. He is survived by his daughters, Deanna Johnson and Heather Hine and his grandchildren, Zackary Little, Sasha Painter and Alex Rogers.  Dan was the owner operator of Continuum Antiques & Collectables in Orleans for over 30 years.  A longtime beach walker at Nauset, his heart always belonged to Cape Cod.

A Man and His Lamps

(A Quick Story, In His Own Words)

My story started in high school working a part-time job rewiring lamps. Later, while at university earning my B.S. in Business & Marketing, I swung a deal with one of my professors to rewire some lamps he had for $5 each. This was a huge improvement over the 75 cents/hour that the collage cafeteria was paying. Word spread and I was soon rewiring lamps for, well, just about everyone around. By the time I graduated I was buying old lamps to restore and resell. In this part-time endeavor I was making more than most full-time starting salaries. I knew I was on to something.

I then spent 17 years working different traditional jobs in industrial marketing research and sales though my lighting passion was never far from my mind. During this time I visited many antique shops and collected a pretty large collection of old lamps. I then opened my first shop, in Connecticut, on a part-time basis while I was still holding my full-time job. Also, during this time, I spent many summer weeks on Cape Cod vacationing with my wife and 2 daughters. Well, after 8 years running my Connecticut shop I decided that my two passions, antique lighting and Cape Cod was going to become my destiny and opened my shop in Orleans.

It has now been over 30 years and am loving every minute of it. 

Dan has made quite an impact on the Cape and with the people he has met and made friends with. You will always hear the same story, "Dan helped me with...." or "Could not have done it without Dan", or even "If anyone can, Dan can". 

Anyone who has met him will surely say they were honored to know him, I know I am.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Daniel Johnson, 72, born on July 17, 1943 and passed away on January 5, 2016. We will remember him forever.

 A memorial service will be held on January 16th at 11 AM at Church of the Holy Spirit – 204 Monument Rd. in Orleans. Life Celebration Potluck to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations for end-of-life expenses may be sent to his daughters Deanna or Heather.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Laurel Clark on 17th July 2016

"Thinking of you Dan, on what would have been your Birthday. I still can't go to the beach without remembering the good times we had at Nauset. And I miss you every time I go! And I always feel your presence there..."

This tribute was added by Francine Ryan on 8th February 2016

"I am so sad to hear of Dan's passing.  I found the shop over 20 years ago, when we bought our beloved little saltbox and Dan became my enthusiastic mentor for lighting fixtures of every kind for the house.  I loved his honesty and that exceptionally charming New England trait of not suffering fools gladly.  I always looked forward to visiting the shop because I learned something every time - he had an encyclopedic knowledge of where everything came from and would patiently and happily explain, like a proper teacher.  This past Spring, we finally had enough money to do a facelift of the part of the kitchen that was not original to the house (and therefore was falling apart) and my husband and I went to see what Dan might have that could hang over the sink.  He helped us choose a fixture made in Nebraska in the 30's that is literally the crown jewel of the kitchen.   Rest in peace Dan.  You will always be remembered with great affection and with a smile."

This tribute was added by Jill Avery on 6th February 2016

"I am so sorry to hear about Dan's passing.  His memory will live on in my home every time I look at the beautiful lighting he provided to us.  I wish you good luck as you continue to curate his collection and run his business.
A grateful customer in Chatham, Jill"

This tribute was added by Brad Holmes on 3rd February 2016

"My wife Katy and I adored Dan as much as the incredible lighting at the store which we found irresistible. Knowing the story behind each fixture was a treat, but knowing the story behind the man, and that his "kids" will carry on, is a real comfort.  Our hearts go out to Deanna and Heather and we will see you again before long at Dan's place!"

This tribute was added by Cindy Sfaelos on 28th January 2016

"to the Johnson family
We are very sorry for your loss. Dan was a customer of ours since 1982.  We always referred to him as Dan at Continuum.  He would always call his orders in so we always got to talk to him.  He was a great man and taught us a few things about lamps.  We will miss him. from all of us at WN deSherbinin Products."

This tribute was added by Louise Perry on 28th January 2016

"I'm so very sorry to hear about Dan's passing. Dan rewired many antique fixtures for me and I always enjoyed chatting with him about antique homes, lighting, etc. He will be greatly missed..."

This tribute was added by laura jean marquis on 28th January 2016

"Heather, Jonathan, and Deanna, I am so sorry for your loss. He left quite a legacy. Love Cousin Jean Marquis"

This tribute was added by John Riordan on 27th January 2016

"Heather & Deanna I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing away. I first met him close to 30 years ago at his shop. He was such an interesting man to talk to, that I quickly became both a customer and an occasional picker for him.A visit to Orleans was never complete with a stop in the store to chat with Dan and see what new treasures that he had.I know that he has had some health issues over the last couple of years, but he was a guy that you just thought would live forever. He taught me so much about lighting. I will be forever grateful for his mentorship. Please know that you are in our thoughts. John & Joanne Riordan"

This tribute was added by Jonathan Garver on 27th January 2016

"The Continuum/Dan (the two were, and always will be, inseparable in my mind) was a regular stop during our summer visits to the Cape. My house and office are adorned with several of Dan's beautiful lamps and many of his fishing decoys. But for me, it was never just about the "things," the personal connection we had with Dan was as important as the goods he sold. His work was a labor of love. A visit to the Continuum was always a treat, even if we left empty-handed. Dan will surely be missed. My deepest condolences to his family and my best wishes to his two daughters as they carry on 'the family biz.' I can't think of anything that would make Dan more happy than to know that his daughters have chosen to continue the unique enterprise that he started. Looking forward to meeting you."

This tribute was added by Larry Christensen on 27th January 2016

"My wife and I bought a cottage in Chatham in 1992.  Upon exploring, we discovered Dan and Continuuim.  Loving antiques , we proceeded to buy a dining room fixture, a floor lamp, a table lamp and a wall sconce which are all proudly displayed to this day in our home here in La Jolla, CA.  Dan was a lot of fun to deal with even after we moved west.  So sorry to hear of his passing and deep felt sympathies to his family."

This tribute was added by Sasha Painter on 12th January 2016

"Missing you today and every day..."

This tribute was added by Donna Cansdale on 11th January 2016

"I will miss Dan, we were business associates and friends for over 20 years and shared many a moan over the economy, the state of the world and occasional 'troublesome' customers.  His sardonic humor is just one thing that will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Laurel Clark on 10th January 2016

"My favorite beach friend - we saw so many awesome sights on the beach together, from whales spouting, to seals, to baby plovers, to rainbow waves! We saw miracles!!! We collected purple shells and sea glass, and enjoyed every minute. And I will always treasure those moments with him. Forever..."

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