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Born: Dec 10, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 15, 2020

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December 10, 1929 - July 15, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of Paul Edward Johnson in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After a short stay in hospital, he succumbed to the effects of a heart attack. Beloved husband to Ollie, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend to all who knew him.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ollie; his children, Paula (Daryl, Kennedy, Malone), Rod (Julia, Cole, Tyler); brothers, Donald and Cy; nieces, nephews, friends, and many friends from their lifetime of ballroom dancing. Paul was predeceased by his sister, Margaret.
Paul was born in Lundar, Manitoba, and was always proud of his Icelandic heritage. He moved to Winnipeg when he was 18 years old to begin a career in cleaning with Perth's Cleaners.
Soon after, he met the love of his life, Ollie. In 1962, with an entrepreneurial spirit, they began their own successful business, Certified Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners. 58 years later, the company is still family owned and run, and into its third generation.
Paul and Ollie were beautiful ballroom dancers, and made many lifelong friends through the East Kildonan YMCA Dance Group, and the Westview Dance Club. They were also consummate hosts. An invitation to their home was always met with a warm greeting, lots of laughter, and an amazing meal.
Paul enjoyed an early retirement, and he and Ollie travelled extensively around the world.
Dad was first and foremost, a family man. There was nothing more important to him than spending time with Mom and his family. Mom and Dad did everything together. People often commented that they were "two peas in a pod". Grandpa was especially proud of his grandchildren, and never missed a recital, graduation, volleyball, hockey or soccer game.
The family enjoyed many holidays together, most recently in January, 2020, on a South American Cruise.
There will be no formal service. A private family dinner will be held in his honour.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences to you, Ollie, and your family. We missed Don’s annual get-together this year but have very fond memories of being with you, Paul and cousins at these gatherings as well as watching you both on the dance floor in Lundar. Paul will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Dorothy&John Breckman (Cousin) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • "I am at a loss for words. I know there is nothing for me to say that will make your loss easier but know that I am sending you my love and support. I hope you can understand what I can't put into words." Love you guys Big Hugs Diane & Dave - Posted by: Diane & Dave (Niece ) on: Jul 26, 2020

  • We were so sorry to hear of brother Paul’s passing. I have great memories of Paul. As Paul’s younger brother, in my teen years, I recall going to Paul & Ollie’s home on Sunday evenings to watch TV because we did not have a TV at home. They also taught me how to jive. I will miss our annual trip to Lundar for the luncheon with relatives and old friends, before going to the Icelandic celebration in Gimli. Love to you all and your close family. Cy & Carolann - Posted by: Cy and Carolann (Brother & sister-in-law) on: Jul 24, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to Ollie and family, Paul was always a joy to talk to and a great neighbor. Cathy & Wayne Finlay - Posted by: A. Wayne Finlay (Former neighbor) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • Dear Johnson family, So very sorry to hear of Mr. Johnson’s passing. A loving grandfather who was always watching his grandchildren, with pride and a gleam in his eye, at various sporting events. No matter the venue, you could see Cole and Tyler’s grandparents watching across the rink or soccer field cheering them on. I remember one time, we were passing a car on our way to Minneapolis for a hockey trip. As I look over, there is Mr. Johnson at the wheel and Mrs. Johnson in the passenger seat both eagerly waving and smiling, ready to join the convoy. He was a kind man with a great smile. Johnson family... although this is a very difficult time, have comfort in the fact that he is resting peacefully and will continue to be a part of your lives through the memories that you cherish. Love the Derlago Family - Posted by: The Derlago Family (Friends) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • Our sincere sympathy and condolences to Ollie and the family. We have many happy memories of watching Paul on the dance floor, partnered by Ollie, showing us how to really dance. Diane and David Judge - Posted by: Diane and David Judge (Friends) on: Jul 21, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Audrey and I have enjoyed many good times with Paul and Ollie whether it was dancing, socializing, or attending family functions. He will be sincerely missed. - Posted by: Al Taylor (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2020

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