On November 12, 2013 Art Johnson passed away peacefully in the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. He was born in March of 1930, to original Swedish pioneers John and Bjuty Johnson. He was raised in Evelyn along with his four sisters and two brothers. In his early years Art was a guide & outfitter taking many a hunter to the mountains.
Art lived his whole life in Smithers. Many know him from his days of owning the Home Oil bulk station, later to become an Esso bulk station on Railway Avenue. He retired in 1986. When not at work Art spent many a day working the land on the original homestead along with his brother Eric.
One of his favourite past times was gardening. He was an avid gardener, and took pride in his work. You can tell from the neat and tidy, perfectly manicured rows he tended. He also enjoyed many trips in his motorhome. Norma & Art put on many miles, taking trips across Canada and through the USA.
Art’s grandchildren were loved immensely by him. He was a patient teacher, and always eager to help with whatever it was they had asked him for.
Art is survived by his wife Norma and their three children; Tim and his wife Nicole, and their children Bailey, Nicolas & Theodore; Kim and her children Torin & Cassidy; Jay and his wife Marit, and their children Alexa & Emmett.
“Our father kept a garden
A garden of the heart
He planted all the good things
That gave our lives their start
We are our fathers garden
We are his legacy
I hope he feels our love
Reflecting from his three”
We Love You Pa, and we miss you.
There will not be a service, by request of the family.