Rev. James Lewis Johnson
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 13, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 5, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Portland, Maine, United States
"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning." ~ Louis L'Amour ~

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jim Johnson. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor, and friend. He has touched our lives and we will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Greta Hofsteede on 13th May 2017

"Reverend Johnson made a tremendous impact in shaping my spiritual journey during my youth.  I will forever be grateful for the dedication of both Jim and Shirley, while serving at Searsport Methodist.  Those were the best years."

This tribute was added by Shirley Herb on 30th September 2016

"We are so saddened by Jim’s passing. We will miss our many discussions with him. No matter what we discussed, we were always left with more insight of the topic than we had before we started our conversation. Jim was truly a man that possessed much knowledge and yet was so humble. Our prayers for God's comfort are with Shirley and her family.
Love, Don & Shirley"

This tribute was added by Cookie DeWire on 22nd September 2016

"Thinking of you, Shirley, and your family at this sad time.  All the wonderful memories gathered through the years are yours to keep forever.  Hugs, Cookie Davies DeWire"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 28th August 2016

"A candle was lit by Doug Haydak on August 27, 2016 12:56 PM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 26th August 2016

"Message from Nancy Ann Callender August 22, 2016 5:10 PM

Boy did I love Jim Johnson! I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. I wish you all peace in spite of what must be a terrible loss."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Chin on 25th August 2016

"I first met Rev. Johnson back in the early eighties.  I became one of his students in his first confirmation class.  Through the years, he and his family became treasured friends to my family.  He always seemed to have a good understanding for people and was always able to make connections no matter who they were.  He was my teacher. He spoke at my high school graduation.  He officiated my wedding.  He came to check on me after I had a car accident.  He was a man of the people, he was an incredible minister and I know he will be missed."

This tribute was added by lesley gold on 24th August 2016

"Shirley , Jimmy, Mark, Karen, Jarrid, Eric and Jess
So sorry! I will miss Jim. He was so proud of his family and especially his grandchildren. He was a grandfather that was 100% involved in their lives.  May all the memories be a comfort."

This tribute was added by Melissa Borges on 24th August 2016

"Our loss is heaven's gain. Rev. Johnson was an integral part of my life when I was a young wife and mother. Spiritual guidance at that point in my life was essential!  My prayers go out to Shirley and the whole family as well as gratitude for sharing him with us all those years."

This tribute was added by Jessica Johnson on 24th August 2016

"My grandfather passed away several weeks ago now, but every time I try to write this I write it as if it’s a letter I am will send him. However, he can’t receive these kind of letters anymore and that simple fact is hard to understand.
Grandpa Johnson was without a doubt one of the most important people in my life and has truly shaped me into the person I am today. He was a man of God and dedicated his life to not only his family, but all those who surrounded him. This wasn’t just shown during his time in education or as a reverend. This was demonstrated in his every day life.
I remember going to the grocery store late one night with my grandma and grandpa, we were kind of in a rush so it was an in-and-out kind of deal. My grandpa spotted this young man stacking oranges and decided he was the perfect person to strike up a conversation with. He sat there for 20 minutes (big travel delay) learning about this kid’s life and aspirations, then at the end he gave him some of his invaluable advice and parted ways. This was a common interaction for my grandpa, and some of you reading this may have experienced it yourself.
He was continuously trying to teach me new things, from self defense (Karate) on the staircase landing to perspective art techniques at the high-top table. He would challenge me to Sudoku puzzles and make sure I thought I was the smartest kid ever. He was proud of every art project I did and marveled at each of them, even when it just mixing the perfect color for rust. He taught me basic skills for home renovation and put them to the test on his own home.
Most importantly, my grandpa cared deeply about my moral and spiritual development. We would sit for hours discussing what I believed in and how I thought things should be, and he would never push his opinions on me. He would offer me guidance, but never to hinder my own path of self-growth. Days before I headed off to report to Beast Barracks at the United States Military Academy, my grandpa sat me down to talk about faith. This time in a much different respect than before. He wanted to make sure I believed in something. He truly felt that if I believed in something, I would never be alone and could always find the strength I would need to make it through any tribulations I may face. Every year, I find his words to be truer.
I have so many memories I want to share with everyone, because my only regret now is that I never got to introduce him to everyone in my life. I wish you all could have known him and in the manner I had. I am thankful that so much of him lives on through me and my brothers. I am thankful that my parents made him an integral part of my life because he has been the best mentor and influence I could have ever hoped for. I am thankful I got to video chat with him from Portland, OR while he was at the hospital in Portland, ME because that was our last conversation before he unexpectedly passed away. I will always miss him."

This tribute was added by Greg Chin on 23rd August 2016

"We were deeply saddened to hear of Rev Jim's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers extend to the Johnsons and all those touched by Jim.  We only have fond memories of growing up in his presence, and having him officate our wedding and baptisms for our kids.  He will be dearly missed. ~ The Chins of Ipswich"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 21st August 2016

"Message from The Panczyk Family August 18, 2016 7:09 PM
Dear Mrs. Johnson,

We wish to extend to you, and your family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband, the Reverend James Johnson.We recall how energetic Reverend Johnson was in his role as the pastor of our Tappan Reformed Church, and his personal interest in all the members of the congregation. Our children, Matthew and Elizabeth, benefitted greatly from both his attention and his warm-hearted Christian message as did both Fran and I . With love to you."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 19th August 2016

"A candle was lit by Frank & Marcia Wong on August 18, 2016 9:57 AM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 19th August 2016

"A candle was lit by Marilyn, James, David, Steven, Robyn Leong on August 18, 2016 6:39 AM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 19th August 2016

"A candle was lit by Doug and Carolyn Chin - Sending Love and Prayers on August 18, 2016 12:04 AM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 19th August 2016

"A candle was lit by With Love - Mitch, Mary, Calvin & Maddie - we miss you. on August 17, 2016 11:08 PM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 19th August 2016

"A candle was lit by Steve & Ginny Chin on August 17, 2016 10:39 PM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 18th August 2016

"Message from Connie Beltran August 17, 2016 8:26 PM

Dear Shirley and Family,

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dearest husband , I share your sorrow and ask God to give you the strength and comfort you need in this vey sad difficult time of your life.

With of my love


This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 17th August 2016

"Message from Elaine Royal August 16, 2016 4:38 PM

Deepest sympathies to you and you family, Shirley. So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers- Elaine Royal"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 17th August 2016

"Message from Joanne Fernandez August 16, 2016 2:18 PM

Such memories of Jim! Shirley, I don't think I ever met you, but I can only imagine what it must have been like to live with and love Jim. Our paths crossed numerous times over all the years with the RCA and what I remember most is that he made me laugh and he made me shake my head......such depth he had but I always had to think about it. Bottom line, he was a character! Your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers.......we never get over the loss, we get perspective. Blessings."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 17th August 2016

"Message from Rev. John VandenOever August 16, 2016 2:17 PM

Shirley and family, I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I have great memories of working alongside him. I think I picked up a great deal from him on how to minister with a tough skin--but one that would let the love flow in and out. God bless and keep you."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 17th August 2016

"Message from Tom Danney, former pastor Reformed Church, Nyack. Clerk of Rockland Westchester Classis August 16, 2016 1:04 PM

Shirley and family: I was away for couple weeks and came back to news of Jim. So very saddened; I have nothing but good and fond memories of our connection through the Classis of Rockland Westchester. Sorry we were not able to maintain closer ties in his retirement. He always had something thoughtful and useful to give when we spoke.

I sent out this morning an email letting others in classis know of his death and I shared some of the obit notes on him. The "cowboy at heart" comment will bring smiles to our colleagues. As clerk of the Classis of Rockland Westchester, I will gladly share any news from you about the memorial service. Blessings on you and the family...our prayers of support are with you all."

This tribute was added by Barbara Katz on 16th August 2016

"Our deepest condolences to Shirley and Family. May you all be comforted from loving memories of a fine and gentle man who loved his family. He was interested in all people he came in contact with, but his family came first. What a life he led. Be proud of the legacy he left. Love to all...Barbara and David"

This tribute was added by Karen Johnson on 16th August 2016

"""Message from Lisa Stifelman August 12, 2016 12:00 PM

So sorry Karen and Jim. Sending all our love to you and Jimmy's mom and Mark. I have fond memories of visiting their home in Rockland, especially the night before Jimmy joined the air force. Hugs."

This tribute was added by Karen Johnson on 16th August 2016

""Message from Jeff Gold August 15, 2016 12:04 PM

We were very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Please extend our sincerest condolences to Jim, Shirley, Mark and the rest of the family. I hope you and the kids are comforted by the fact that you had great relationships with him and that he had a close and loving family."

This tribute was added by Melissa Borges on 15th August 2016

"It is with a heavy heart that I write.  Our loss is heaven's gain. The TRC family led by Jim (with lots of help from you, Shirley"

This tribute was added by Jana Hart on 13th August 2016

"We are so sorry for your loss.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  May you feel God's comfort and peace. Kevin & Jana Hart"

This tribute was added by LeeAnn Inman on 12th August 2016

"What a blessing to share ministry with Jim and Shirley at Peace United Methodist Church in Orlando! He asked the good and hard questions, and served God faithfully. Shirley, know that you are in our prayers, and we look forward to your return to your winter home."

This tribute was added by ann turturro on 12th August 2016

"We want to express our sincerely condolences to you and your family.
May his soul rest in peace, I firmly believe that God will accept him with open arms for all the good he has done while he was on this earth."

This tribute was added by Andrea Cross Dickinson on 12th August 2016

"I remember Jim from living in Searsport and attending church with my parents, Ed& Jackie Cross.  Shirley and Jim became friends with my folks and when they made the decision to move to Lewiston / Auburn area, I lived with the family in the parsonage for 3 months to finish out my freshman year.  It was an adventure living with two young boys!!!!
Am so sorry for the family's loss"

This tribute was added by Barbara Stackbarbara. on 12th August 2016

"The Stack family was sorry to hear of Him's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 12th August 2016

"Message from Gail Kahl August 10, 2016 7:28 PM
My family and I extend our deepest condolences to Shirley and her family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow and know that Jim will always be with you."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 12th August 2016

"A candle was lit by Erica Stackfleth Shankle on August 6, 2016 4:21 PM"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Johnson on 12th August 2016

"Message from Lillian August 8, 2016 10:31 AM
I am so very, very sorry for you, Shirley, and the whole family. We had such a good time when you were in Waldoboro--especially "Jimmy" and "Andy". "Andy" is now Andrew and probably "Jimmy" is Jim. As you probably know Ronnie died in January, so I know what you are going through. May God's blessings be with all of you.
Love, Lillian Dolloff"

This tribute was added by Patrick Snyder on 11th August 2016

"Uncle Jim was always out to bring out the best in everyone. He challenged me to strive to be a better person. He never gave up on a trouble making teenager.  He was so knowledgeable about so much. He loved his family more than anything in the world. I love you and will miss until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Mary Chin on 11th August 2016

"I first met Reverend Jim 21 years ago when Mitchell and I saw him for pre-wedding counseling and he inquired about my faith. I confessed I wasn't sure about my faith and he grinned that big comforting grin of his and extended his hand and said "why don't we work on that together, ok?"...and we did through the years. When Maddie was very ill he sat with me at the hospital (many visits) helping me navigate my thoughts and hold onto faith. He listened to Mitch and my concerns about jobs, money...always nodding, listening, encouraging us to have faith, be patient, tolerant, supportive to eachother. He preached Sunday's about life and faith and love, using humor to keep us engaged so we could learn. Recently when he stopped by our home on his way up north I was given an opportunity to tell him how he changed my life and in doing so changed my children's lives and my relationship with Mitchell too. As I spoke of gratitude, he gently smiled and told us it was an honor to be able to help. Lord, your servant Jim was Grace personified.i will miss knowing he walks among us, but his spirit is forever a part of our lives. Our deepest condolences to Shirley and the Johnson family, we feel your loss deeply. With love and gratitude, Mary, Mitchell, Calvin and Madison❤️"

This tribute was added by Lana Warner on 11th August 2016

"Shirley, my heart aches for you.  I did not know Jim except through you and I know from our conversations that he was a great and kind man.  You and your family are in my prayers.  May god bless and comfort you.  Love, Lana"

This tribute was added by Adam G McCoy on 11th August 2016

"I remember Reverend Johnson as a calm and encouraging influence for myself and the other players of the Tappan Zee football team  in 1983. Seeing the good reverend on game day somehow always made me feel better. He was indeed the "calm before the storm".  Years later, he selflessly  helped me with a personal issue while I was enlisted in the US Army at Fort Bennington, Georgia. I was always grateful to him for that  guidance.   His assistance  indeed  changed the course of tmy life forever and for that I am forever grateful.  To James and Karen and to the rest of the Johnson family I am very sorry for your loss. Your father was a great and honorable man  and for that you can always be proud. May he rest eternally in God's grace."

This tribute was added by Jarrid Johnson on 11th August 2016

"From the moment I first called you "papa", I can't remember a time in my life that you weren't there beside me. I will miss your encouragement, support, guidance, wisdom, and perspective on life. Although it hurts that you are no longer here with us, I know you are out there looking over me. Your words and love are now a part of me. You will always be in my heart. I love you Grandpa."

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 11th August 2016

"Dear Shirley,  My memories of you and Jim are many years old however as best friends do, Martha and I have kept each other up to date on all of our loved ones. My hope for you is that you find comfort from your loss in the love of your wonderful family, friends and faith. ❤️ Fondly, Linda Krebs Brown"

This tribute was added by Sara Gold on 11th August 2016

"I felt like Jim was my grandfather, too.  He was always so warm, welcoming, and interested.  What a good man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend.  Shirley, Jimmy, Mark, Karen, Jarrid, Eric, Jessica - you're all in my thoughts.  Lots of love to a wonderful family."

This tribute was added by Erica Stackfleth Shankle on 11th August 2016

"I keep finding it very hard to find the simplest most eloquent way to express my sympathies. Rev Jim and Shirley had a profound effect on my life. His genuine concern, love and compassion for me and my family, continues to act as a daily reminder of how great friendships are often the extended family God has chosen to us. Thnak you Rev Jim."

This tribute was added by Teresa Owens on 11th August 2016

"Shirley words cannot express how sorry we are to hear about Jim. You both have found a place in our hearts, we feel blessed to have known you both. Van enjoyed his conversations with Jim, as well as myself.  God Bless you and your family at this time. Love, Van and Teresa"

This tribute was added by Alyssa Moloney on 11th August 2016

"My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the entire Johnson Clan.  I have only the fondest memories of Rev. Jim.  May he rest peacefully.  May the family find comfort"

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