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Born: Dec 16, 1931

Date of Passing: Mar 14, 2017

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CLIFFORD JOHANSON Cliff Johanson, aged 85, passed away on March 14, 2017 at the Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg. Cliff was born on December 16, 1931 in Langruth, Manitoba, one of nine surviving children of Johann and Birgitta Johanson. Cliff is survived by Lois, his beloved wife of 61 years; daughter, Lisa Bowman (Bruce); granddaughters, Lindsay, Hilary and Colleen and sister-in-law Marian, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Joe, Bjarni, Ole and Steine, and sisters, Bea, Laura, Sarah & Helga. From a very young age Cliff was fascinated with airplanes and flying. He obtained his pilot's license in his early twenties and joined the Federal Department of Transport in 1953 as an Air Traffic Controller. He progressed through the ranks and was ultimately promoted to the position of Deputy Administrator, Central Region; the position that he held when he retired in June 1983. Cliff was also an eager student and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Manitoba. After retirement Cliff and Lois lived in Sweden from 1983 to 1984, where Cliff attended the University of Stockholm. Cliff was especially proud of his Icelandic heritage. On returning home from Sweden he and Lois settled in Gimli, Manitoba and spent many happy years there on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. In his leisure time he enjoyed, curling and golf and was an avid hockey fan. He also greatly enjoyed visiting Lisa and Bruce and his three granddaughters, Lindsay, Hilary and Colleen in Calgary. Lois and her family would like to thank all of Cliff and Lois's friends who helped during a difficult time, with special thanks to Terry and Heather Brownlee and Pat Savoie. The family also wishes to extend its sincerest gratitude to the staff on the second floor at Golden West Centennial Lodge for their tremendous kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army. In keeping with Cliff's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no service.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2017

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • To Lois and family, My sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear Cliff. His quiet respectful manner was so refreshing. He never forced his opinions on anyone, yet had such an insightful grasp of everything around him. It was a pleasure to know both Cliff and Lois and memories will of our times together will be cherished. - Posted by: Lorna Tergesen (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2017

  • Dear Lois,Lisa,Bruce and girls I was so saddened to hear of Cliffs' passing..Cliff was such a great guy, a wonderful friend and such a caring person My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lois you and Cliff had a long,wonderful life together and you will have a lifetime of memories to cherish. Lois to you and your family I extend my deepest sympathy and much love . We have lost a wonderful friend and he will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Joyce - Posted by: Joyce Peterson (Friend) on: Mar 20, 2017

  • So sorry for your loss, Cliff was a great man to get to know, he will truly be missed. - Posted by: Carmen () on: Mar 20, 2017

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