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DIXMONT—Edward Alfred Johnson, 92, formerly of Gloucester, MA, died April 7, 2003 at a Pittsfield nursing home. He was born March 4, 1911 at Gloucester, MA the son of Finnish immigrants Gustaf and Helmi (Jarvenpaa) Walimaa Johnson. Ed was very proud of his Finnish heritage. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII. Like his father, Ed worked as a master stone mason for most of his life. He built hundreds of stone walls, steps, and fireplaces on Cape Ann and worked on many stone buildings, such as Hammond Castle and the Rockport (Mass.) Library. Edward, and his late wife May, were members of the Cape Ann Bible Church in Gloucester, which was for many years, the center of their lives.

Edward is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ronald E. and Gael Johnson, who were his faithful care-givers for many years, of Dixmont; his daughter, Ruthanne Collinson of Lanesville, MA, his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Troy Tucker of Port Charlotte, FL; grandchildren, Gael Johnson, Sam, Suzanna and Caitlin Collinson and Tyler Tucker; a sister, Miriam Johnson of Rockport, MA; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, May (Elwell) Johnson, who died on January 5, 2003, a brother John Johnson, and sisters Lillian Niemi, Ellen Brayman, and Elsie Flasher, and his cherished grandson, Ronald Johnson, Jr. There was nothing more that he loved in this life than to be with his dear May.

Friends may call from 6-8 P.M. Thursday, April 10th, at the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA, where a funeral service celebrating the lives of both Edward and May will be held 11 A.M. Friday, with the Rev. Robert Jarvis officiating. Burial will be in the family lot, Seaside Cemetery, Lanesville, MA. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport.

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