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Allen Johnson, 96, of Victor NY peacefully left this earth on February 10,2023. He astounded doctors at Highland Hospital with his will, determination, and humor. Al leaves behind his daughter Sue Johnson, grandchildren Anna and Sam Cherubin, and his beloved niece Shirley Korensky and her family.
Al instilled so much good in his family. Sue learned her work ethic, love of helping people and the value of a kind and generous heart from her Dad. Sam found his passion for the weather from watching incoming thunderstorms with his Grandpa on their back porch, and in many trips to the Rochester Museum of Science. Al was the apple of Anna’s eye, always cracking jokes, and blowing her kisses in his last few days of life. She got her love of drawing, art and making people laugh from her Grandfather.
He now joins his wife of 63 years, Betty, his favorite son, Charlie, and his incredibly loved siblings, Ellen, Martha and Chuck. Al made a name for himself in Victor by being selfless and determined through his constant volunteerism and love of veterans. One of his proudest moments was taking an honor flight with his son Charlie to Washington DC. Al was a proud WWII veteran. People in Victor may recall his dedication with the boy scouts and their annual placing of flags on servicemen’s graves every year in Victor, and in surrounding towns. Al and Betty spent decades helping with the ABC sale for Ronald McDonald House, and the Victor-Farmington Food Pantry, where they would take their grandchildren every week to help. He had a love of all things flying, being a member of the Rochester Ultrasport Fun Flyers Club (RUFF).
Al loved to laugh. As we mourn his passing, Al would want us to find light and laughter in each other. Even during his final days, he made jokes with Anna as she sat by his bedside. He had a gift of making people feel special. His favorite flower was the sunflower; and despite his words to the contrary Al actually liked cats, especially Sue’s.
Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Li, Nurse Debbie, and all the nurses, techs and staff of Highland Hospital East and Hospice Unit for filling his final days with kindness, laughter and the utmost compassion.
We will be celebrating Al’s incredible life on Saturday, February 18th at 2PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services of Victor, 301 W Main St. Victor NY. In lieu of flowers, Al would greatly appreciate donations be made to Honor Flight Rochester, P.O. Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692 in his memory. (Donate Online) or to UR Medicine Hospice, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, New York 14580 (Donate Online)