R.I.P. C. Stuart Johnson

For those of you who have been reading along particularly the last few weeks, you are aware of my Father-in-Law’s situation.  Last night he passed away at 9:00 pm peacefully.

1/21/22 – 10/20/10Stu was proud to serve his country as a Navy Man during World War II.

He apparently won many medals during his service, which prompted one of his Navy buddies to draw a cartoon depicting them:

Some doctors thought perhaps the fact that his ship was torpedoed out from under him during the war – causing him to tread cold water for 8-10 hours – may have shocked his system and resulted in his later condition of Cryoglobulinemia.

After he retired from the Navy, he enjoyed a long career with the United States Post Office, and loved to tell stories of the days he ‘rode the rails’ collecting the mail bags from hooks along the track.  He was always amazed at how fast technology kept changing and moving forward, and aside from his cell phone (that he never seemed to get the hang of), he continued to enjoy not becoming familiar with computers and other ‘high-tech’ items, but enjoyed a simple life.

He was well loved in the retirement community he resided in for the past 15 years, his boisterous personality filling the hallways and cafeterias daily.  He did, however, enjoy driving up to visit us on a regular basis, as he used to say “It gets me away from the old people!”

He thanked me for giving him a granddaughter, a joy he never thought he’d be able to have.  With a sly grin he once told me “I didn’t think the boy had it in him!”  He loved Princess Nagger wholeheartedly, always referring to her as “Her Royal Highness”.  Princess Nagger loved her Papa dearly, too.  He and the love of his life, Nelda, were frequent visitors from the moment Princess Nagger arrived into this world.

He loved to come up and mow our grass…just because he could.  And he had me take a picture of him so he could ‘show off’ to the ‘old people’ at his retirement center:

He loved spending time with “Her Royal Highness”, and she loved every minute she got to spend with her Papa:

He had a sharp mind, quick wit and mischievous nature that always brought a smile and a laugh.  He lived a long, happy life, and is now at peace and no longer in pain.  , Stu, every time your ship’s clock chimes, we’ll be thinking of you.

You will be missed.

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.

32 thoughts on “R.I.P. C. Stuart Johnson

  1. Ironic- it was my dad’s birthday as well and he passed away over the summer. He also served.
    May peace be with you. Sending you a hug.

  2. I am so sorry. Sounds like a wonderful man who really loved his princess. So handsome too. God bless him for serving our country. Your pictures are now priceless.

  3. What a lovely post. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. We are going through something similar this week. My husband’s Grandmother is dying, and I’m at a loss as to what to do next…

  4. What a wonderful eulogy of your FIL my deepest condolences to you, and your family. What a very handsome man he was in the day! He had every right to be proud of what he had done, and what he had. The love of his life by his side, and a new love to what he wished for, but His Highness! Oh dang, I’m gonna cry! HUGS GIRLFRIEND! Hugs to Princess N. too!

  5. Really sorry for yalls loss. It is really great he got to spend time with Princess Nagger and enjoyed getting away from the old folks. He surely was a handsome man in his Navy pic.

  6. Aw, I teared up. Sorry for your families loss. Lots of hugs!
    Stu has one of those faces with dimension and depth. The pic that got me was of PN grabbing his face.

  7. I am so very very sorry for your loss, all of you. What a beautiful tribute to somebody so wonderful in your lives.

  8. So sorry for you all … and so happy that PN got to have time with him that she can remember! A gorgeous tribute that I know (from very recent experience with my own dad) was both difficult and cleansing. Sending love to you and yours in this difficult time …

  9. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Stacy and fam!! He sounds like a great guy and quite the character that was well loved and will be very missed!! (((HUGS)))

  10. So sorry to hear about this, Stacy. I’m a little late on the condolences. I apologize. He sounds like a great guy, PN will have some lovely photos and memories to keep him close.

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