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Obituary for Edwin "Chris" Johnson

Edwin Christie “Chris” Johnson of Brandon, Manitoba passed away suddenly Sunday, December 31st, 2023, at the Peter Lougheed Centre Calgary, Alberta. He was 81 years old.

He will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Sharron; daughter, Susan (Aryan); grandchildren, Olive and Ruby of Vancouver BC; son, Shane (Emma); grandchildren, Jolie and Jonah of Newtownards, Northern Ireland; sister, Carolyn Dillistone of Winnipeg, MB and his nieces, nephews, and brothers and sister’s in-law. Chris was predeceased by his parents, E.P. (Ted) and Margaret B. Johnson.

Chris was born Nov. 3, 1942, in Brandon, MB and lived there his entire life. He initially earned a B.A. in 1965 from the University of Manitoba via Brandon College, followed by a Bachelor of Education (1968) and a Masters Degree in Education (1978) from the University of Manitoba. Chris’s career in education began in 1968 as a teacher at Neelin High School. He later accepted a position at Vincent Massey High School as Vice Principal in 1981, and then as acting principal. In 1992, he took a leave of absence to join Brandon University as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. His teaching career continued at Crocus Plains Regional High School, while also teaching sessional courses at Brandon University. During the summer of 1993-95 his passion for teaching led him to Malawi, Africa to teach undergraduate students as part of an international education program co-sponsored by Brandon University and C.I.D.A

Chris met his sweetheart, Sharron in 1962 at Clear Lake and they were married October 12th, 1968. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage together, spending their time between Brandon and Clear Lake with their family and friends.

Chris loved being with people, sharing stories, laughs and experiences. He always had a keen interest in the activities of his family and friends. In his early years he enjoyed many hours with his beloved Golden Retrievers and time as a member of the Brandon Field Trial Club. He was active in his community with the Brandon Kinsmen club and served as president of Brandon Youth Hockey.

By far, his greatest passions in life were golf and blues music. Chris honed his golf skills in over 40 Clear Lake Tamarack tournaments, winning several trophies and competing in almost every flight. He loved golf for the agonizing pursuit of that perfect round, and the stories, lessons and friendships made along the way. In Chris’s company, there was always time for an impromptu golf lesson.

In retirement, he enjoyed many happy days visiting with his children and grandchildren. In winters he would embark on adventures in warmer climates, where his love of blues music led him to numerous festivals. Summers, he especially loved spending time with family and friends at his treasured family cottage at Clear Lake.

In accordance with his wishes no formal service will be held. Family will be gathering this Summer to commemorate his life.

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