With profound sadness we announce the passing of Boyd S. Johnson, who had a big spirit, big heart and bigger laugh.
He left us while being cared for at the Olean General Hospital on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the age of 69.
He was born on June 29,1952 in Rugby, North Dakota a son of the late Walter and Ruby Johnson.
Boyd was a hard worker who was quite proud of his blue collar. He was a forklift operator and delivery driver with Sears and Service Merchandise, Las Vegas, NV, for 20+ years.
In his spare time, he loved working with his hands, enjoyed carpentry and working on cars. He could fix anything! He was a sports fanatic and die-hard Dallas Cowboy football fan (them Boyz!). He loved his hats, good food, his diet pop and his rock-n-roll.
An extrovert, Boyd always made his presence known. He filled the room with his boisterous laugh, often laughing to the point of tears. Wheelchair bound and the inability to speak did not prevent Boyd from using “a few choice words” to get his point across. It was with deep conviction and fortitude that Boyd lived his life out loud. A sensitive teddy-bear at heart and a little rough around the edges, Boyd was known as the “hallway hell-raiser” at the Pines of Machias Nursing Home which was Boyd’s home for 14 years.
His youngest daughter, Jolane (LPN, Pines Machias), cared for Boyd for 22 years. Her dedication to the care of her father was simply “Love." Boyd and Jolane had their own language, a bond that needed no words. The family is eternally grateful to her. The residents and staff at the Pines were family and they meant a lot to Boyd.
Boyd carried deep and everlasting emotion and love for his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann (Curry) Johnson who survives along with his children: Jolane (Philip) Sutherland of Delevan, NY, Edward Johnson of Ellicottville, NY and Jamie Curry of Alexandria, VA; his grandchildren: Robert and Lucas Sutherland; his brother, Chris Johnson as well as several nieces and nephews.
Boyd is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Victor (Deborah) Johnson.
The family would like to thank the Pines of Machias Nursing Home and the staff who cared for him all these years. Thank you to Olean General staff and doctors for caring for him during his transition.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 3-6PM at the Machias American Legion, 9688 Main Street, Machias, NY 14101.