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NORMAN JAMES (JIMMY) JOHNSON (JIM)
Date of Passing: May 04, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
NORMAN JAMES (JIMMY) JOHNSON
1942 - 2021
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marlys, and his children, Shellie (Jim) Anderson, Jay (Deanna), and Tara (Greg) Smith. Bub will be fondly remembered and incredibly missed by his grandchildren, Owen and Aubrey. He will also be missed by his grandchildren in California, Jason and Keeley and their families, by his sisters, Mary (John) Hydomako, Audrey (Tony) Gmitrowski, Ruth Neskar and Kathy Smolinski. Jim will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
Jim was predeceased by his parents (Norman and Thelma), and numerous aunts and uncles, and members of his hockey community. In 2000, Jim lost his youngest son, Kyle, in a tragic accident at the age of 19. Jim has spent the years since with his family by his side honouring Kyle's memory by giving back to the Transcona Community. The family takes comfort knowing Jimmy and Kyle are finally together again.
Besides his family and friends, Jim's other love was hockey. Even though he grew up in Tyndall, he often could be seen hitchhiking his way to his games in Winnipeg. Jimmy's professional hockey career began in the New York Rangers system in 1962. He toiled between the NHL, CPHL and AHL until he made his debut with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1967, and he never looked back. He finished his NHL playing days with LA Kings in the 1971-72 season, and began his WHA career in 1972 where he played for the next three years for he Minnesota Fighting Saints, and ended his playing days with the Indianapolis Racers.
After his playing days, he returned to Transcona and opened his first sporting goods store on Bond at Melrose Street. Jim Johnson's Sports Centre became a staple in Transcona with its most notable location on Pandora Ave. Jimmy's love of hockey continued from playing to coaching where he spent many years pacing hockey benches, teaching and mentoring many young and old hockey players and parents.
After selling his store he started up Jim Johnson's Trucking, where family thinks he spent more time visiting than actual business. After 30 years he officially retired. In his later years you could always find Jimmy at East End Arena watching his grandchildren play the game he loved and offering advice to anyone that asked.
The family would like to thank the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedics, and St. Boniface Hospital for their efforts.
A private family interment will take place. At a later date a celebration of Jimmy's life will be held.
In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make a memorial donation in memory of Jim to the Kyle Johnson Memorial Foundation at The Winnipeg Foundation.
Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca.
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021
Condolences & Memories (15 entries)
Just want to express my condolences on Jim's passing. Jim was a coach mentor & he also employed me at his sporting good store. He taught me lots of little things, & some important bigger things. It was a honour to know Jim. - Posted by: Rick Loeb (Friend ) on: Jun 25, 2021
I was Jim's hockey linemate, along with Pete Stemkowski back in 1954 at West End Community Club. He was one helluva a smooth skater as I recall, and it was no wonder that he made the NHL. We had to keep his real address a secret, as he was an 'import' from the Tyndall-Garson area. I last met him at his sisters thru' a friend of mine about 20 years ago. It was like we had always been in touch. What a great guy! My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ed Klemm (Hockey linemate) on: May 28, 2021
From many hockey years to business years to Transcona years, it was a pleasure to know him. In the neighbourhood or on the street you always greeted me. My son and and me send sympathy to the family. May your memories be your strength. - Posted by: Bill Dubas (Friend) on: May 27, 2021
My sincere condolences to Jim’s wife and family. He was a fine man and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Jean Sodomlak (Friend) on: May 13, 2021
Dear Marlys and Family - The members of the Winnipeg Transcona Rotary Club offer our sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family. Jimmy is remembered fondly as a former member of the Winnipeg Tanscona Rotary Club. Thinking of you in your time of sorrow- with deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Winnipeg Transcona Rotary (Members) on: May 13, 2021
I am oh so sorry for your loss. It was an honour to have known Jim. My sincere condolences to his family. To Mary, Audrey, Ruth and Kathy, my thoughts are with you. May Jim rest in the peace he so well deserves. - Posted by: angela Bodnarchuk (friend) on: May 10, 2021
Marlys and family, Just wanted to offer our sincere condolences on Jimmy’s passing. Many fond memories of hockey games, tournaments and trips. He was a great hockey mentor and will be missed. Gord and Sandy Hurl - Posted by: Gord and Sandy Hurl (Friend) on: May 10, 2021
Marlys, Tara and family So sorry for your loss. Eddy and Jim had a lot of fun during the kids hockey years. He will always be remembered and missed. - Posted by: Ed and Bev and family (Friends) on: May 09, 2021
Marlys, we were so saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Jimmy was our special relative, our special friend with whom we have special memoires from when we were all together. We will miss you Jimmy !! Karen and Dan Smith - Posted by: Karen and Dan Smith (Relative) on: May 09, 2021
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Jimmy’s family. I always enjoyed his visits at Shanters with my dad and myself. Jimmy will be missed. The Gomercic and Picklyk family - Posted by: Shannon Gomercic (Family friend) on: May 08, 2021
Jimmy has a heart of gold. He was so wonderful to work with. I definitely agree he did more time visiting. I remember crying with him on the phone when he called to say he was retiring. However I did understand. He is so sweet and kind. I am forever grateful to have known such a great man. There is no one out there like Jimmy, he is so special and wonderful. Myself and I know all of Princess Auto will miss him dearly. Love you forever Jimmy ❤️ May you Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Jennifer Mlodzinski (Princess Auto) on: May 08, 2021
Marlys and family, Just wanted to offer our sincere condolences on Jim’s passing. Many fond memories of our time together at hockey games and tournaments. He was a great mentor and will be missed. Gord and Sandy Hurl - Posted by: Gord and Sandy Hurl (Friends) on: May 08, 2021
We would like to offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the entire family. We have many fond memories of Jimmy on and off the ice throughout the years. We will always remember Jimmy as a coach, customer, but most importantly as our friend. Sending love, Barb & Gene Giesbrecht - Posted by: Gene and Barb Giesbrecht (Friend ) on: May 08, 2021
Condolences to Marlys and family. Jim will always be remembered as a very friendly and helpful person. Will be missed by all. - Posted by: Henry and Cheryl Koehn (Friends) on: May 08, 2021
We are saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. Our deepest condolences to all of the family. - Posted by: Merv and Lois Joseph (Friends) on: May 08, 2021
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