Harold "Harry" James Johnson

Friday, April 30th, 1954 - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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Harold (Harry) James Johnson
1954- 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Harry James on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the age of 66.
Harry was born in and made Calgary his home for his entire life. He graduated from SAIT as a Sous Chef and enjoyed a 25-year career as Head Cook at drilling camps located in Alberta, BC and offshore. He finished off his career in the construction industry.

Harry is survived by his loving partner of 22 years, Colleen Finner; Colleen’s son, Tyler and his family; Harry’s son, Andrew; and Harry’s sisters, Wendy (Laurier) and Shirley (Les). He will also be missed by his numerous friends who will always remember his generous soul.

A private Memorial will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date for friends and family. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of
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Ann Mahoney Soucie

Posted at 04:40pm
Harry was a friend since Grade 8 and we lived a couple of blocks from each other. When we went to Bishop Grandin High Scool we would walk to school together. Every morning Harry would come to my house and have coffee and toast with my mom & our friend Arlene while I got ready for school. My mom always anticipated his arrival for morning coffee. Harry was a memorable person in our circle of friends and to say he had a great sense of humour and a quick wit would be an understatement, Our group of friends founded the K-Teen aAssociation, a drop in center at an old Community Hall. We elected Harry to be the President and he accepted the role with appreciation and eagerness! He was cool! This was our place to hang out to listen to music, amongst other things. I haven’t seen Harry since he shared a place with DJ and that would likely be in the 70’s I think. Even though so much time has passed along with distance, I do have other memories this is only one of a few, I am saddened to hear that Harry has crossed over. My condolences to his family and friends I hope the memories will bring comfort and a smile. RIP Harry. - Ann Mahoney


Posted at 03:18pm
Harry was a good hombre. I recall DJ's story about Tiny. We all had a good laugh. Even Harry laughed at it later on, that's what kind of guy he was. He would joke about anything. Nothing was "taboo" for Harry. We had a lot of good times and we're all going to miss him a lot. I'll never forget his sense of humour, his sharp wit and his readiness to laugh.

Doug Randell

Posted at 02:22pm
I've known Harry since 10th grade, ie: 1970, check out this yearbook photo. Yikes ! That's 50 years !
We had a lot of adventures together, almost all good, and a lot of laughs over the decades. We ran off the road into the ditch in Red Deer in his blue '65 Pontiac Parisienne. We ate at Silver Dragon 3,206 times. Harry had an eye for boneless ribs..... We got “ interviewed “ in Sunnyside by some nice gentlemen from the RCMP. Skipped Bishop Grandin HS classes together to shoot pool and eat pizza.

I lived with Harry and George A. near downtown in the early 70's. I lent Harry my dad's .22 rifle that I had “ borrowed “ so he could go shoot gophers. George and a couple other salty dudes and I were playing poker in the kitchen when Harry got back. I was standing in the doorway of the boot room when he came in with the rifle. I said “ How was the hunting Harry ? “ He said “Really good man !!! “ and jerked the gun. Which then went off and lodged a bullet about 10” from my head into the doorjamb. Shocked, all I could say was “ How are you gonna tell my mother you shot me with Bruce's gun ? “

And who could forget …... Harry owed Tiny, a Kings Crew biker who was 6'2” and 320 lbs, some money from a failed business arrangement. Tiny offered $50 to any of his biker friends who ran into Harry and smacked him. If they got any of the money back even better. A couple guys collected. We were playing poker at Perkin's and my place, Harry too. Pete G came in and said
“ Hey Harry man, Tiny's outside - you better beat it ! “ Harry jumped up and dived through my window screen into the adjacent scratchy hedge and ran for his life. We laughed and laughed. I think we split up the money he left ….....

He was a character all right. I have a lot of nice memories.

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