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Obituary: Albert V. Johnson

Albert V. Johnson
Albert V. Johnson passed away suddenly on March 5, 2010 at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Janice C.; his daughters, Viki Lyn Brown (Samuel) and Tamara J. Basile (Michael); and four granchildren, Joshua Thomas Brown, Rochelle Anne Brown, Lauren Moninne Basile and Jason Albert Basile. AJ is also survived by his sister Mary Lou Trousdell (Tom) and brother Louis Johnson (late Bobbie); and many nieces and nephews. Brother to the late Patti Harris (late Hal), the late Charles F. Johnson.

Albert or AJ as he was known by many, grew up in the City of Glen Cove. He graduated from GCHS in 1956. Al served in the US Navy for four years and traveled the world. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from Adelphi University and his master of fine arts from LIU. AJ taught art education at the Glen Cove High School for 30 years. Many of his art students went on to be very active in the field of art such as the late Atille Heja and the late Marc Issaccson as well as many others. AJ also served as head varsity track coach for over 25 years and as head varsity coach for both boys and girls cross country teams. Many of the records set by his team members still stand.

AJ and his wife, also an educator, loved to travel the world together and share their experiences with their grandchildren and friends. They eventually found a vacation home in the Florida Keys to spend their winters.

AJ’s family will be hosting a celebration of his life at Glenwood Fire Company Headquarters, corner of School House Hill Rd. and Grove St, in Glenwood Landing, on Sunday, March 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend and share their happy memories of AJ.

In lieu of flowers donations would be accepted as a contribution to either The Timothy Conway Memorial Scholarship, c/o Half Hollow Hills CSD, 525 Half Hollow Hills Rd., Dix Hills NY 11746, a scholarship dedicated to the remembrance of his late nephew and godson, or The Sugarloaf Key Volunteer Fire Department, 17175 Overseas Hwy., Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042, Attn: Liz Ketchum.