Stephen W. JohnsonStephen W. Johnson of 48 Washington Street, Trumansburg passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the age of 68.

Steve was born on December 30, 1941, the only child of the late Einar William and Thelma Ingeborg Johnson. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he attended the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School where his love of using his mind and hands started.  He graduated from SUNY Oswego in December 1966 and moved to Trumansburg, where he took a job teaching in the science department at the Trumansburg High School. He taught physics, earth science, photography, mechanical drawing, driver’s education, and many valuable life lessons to his students.  Among other things, he participated in extracurricular activities such as coaching tennis and wrestling, and was yearbook class advisor.  He retired after 34 years, only to return many times when asked as a part-time or substitute teacher.  While working at the school, Steve developed great relationships with generations of students and many of them fondly referred to him as “Dr. J.”.  He was respected as a teacher, a colleague and friend to those fortunate enough to have known him.

Steve continually mastered any type of project that he faced with pride and well-honed craftsman skill. After his two sons were born, he installed an entire second floor to complete their first home on Taughannock Blvd.  His first project after retiring from teaching was to design and build a wood shop in their second home on Washington Street.  During the winters, he occupied his time with various wooden projects to share with family and friends.

Steve was an avid tennis player and golfer.  Recently he was an active member of the Board of Directors for the Trumansburg Golf Course. He could be found early in the morning making sure the dew was gone, and the golf course was ready for play. He was on the Board of Directors of Juniper Manor for the past few years.  He was a Sudoku mastermind and loved puzzles of all kinds. Steve was also known as sort of a “lawn aficionado” by his family and friends. He would spend countless hours mowing his lawn and caring for newly planted trees to ensure that they were thriving. His love of nature and “green thumb” were evident in the landscaping of his property.

Above all, Steve was devoted to his family, friends, and neighbors. The love he shared with his wife was always evident. Nothing meant more to Steve than raising his sons, enjoying the company of his grandsons, and spending time with his family.  He was a happy man.

Steve is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Beverly Hausner Johnson, two sons, Todd (Becky) Johnson of Trumansburg and Chad Johnson (Meara Brielle) of Tucson, Arizona; two grandsons, Sebastian and Bradley; two cousins, Thelma Thornton of Lake Lure, North Carolina and Joan Dewall of Orlando, Florida and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the Trumansburg Golf Course, 23 Halsey Street in Trumansburg, on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 2:00 to 6:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in Steve’s memory to the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment (NAPCVI), PO Box 317 Watertown, MA 02471 or the Trumansburg Volunteer Fire Co., EMS, PO Box 418, Trumansburg, NY 14886.