The family of John G. Johnson of Minoa, NY is saddened to announce his passing on February 4, 2021 at the age of 81. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Debina; children, Grant (Karyn), Danielle (Randy) and Daryl; grandchildren, Tyler, Austin, Ally, Dominick, Grant, Siena and Anton; and sister, Benita and her family.
John grew up in Oneonta, NY where he was lovingly raised by his mother, Jane, and his sister, Benita. John attended SUNY Oswego and became a teacher upon graduation. After three years of teaching in the Phoenix Central School District, John became a teacher for East Syracuse-Minoa Schools (ESM). He taught at multiple schools in the district throughout his 34 years as an ESM teacher. As much as he enjoyed being a teacher, his true professional passion was coaching. Throughout Coach Johnson’s 37 years of teaching, he coached hundreds of JV and Varsity tennis athletes. His athletes and students consistently stated he was their favorite. It was rare for Coach Johnson to be out in the community and not have one of his past students or athletes approach him to thank him. John was one of those men who people would describe as a great guy. He had a great sense of humor, and he was just a kind person. He was a talented athlete and excelled at sports. He enjoyed having morning coffee and lunches with his buddies, watching and betting on sports, and he was a diehard Yankees and Syracuse Orangemen fan. John was a dedicated, loving Dad to his children, and never missed a chance to cheer on all three of them at athletic events and at every milestone in their lives. His dedication to his children was only matched by his devotion to his grandchildren. He was a patient and loving father and grandfather who always offered encouragement and wisdom without judgment. John spent over 50 years living on Helfer Lane in Minoa. He was someone who was able to be satisfied and appreciative of everything he had. He was known to say, “What else do I need, I have everything”. His devoted wife, Debbie, was the best thing that ever happened to him, and she was truly a key to his happiness and satisfaction.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. prior to the service, 241 Kinne Street, East Syracuse. Burial will be private.
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