On Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Robert William Johnson (Bobby) of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center at the age of 73.
Bobby was born December 1946 in Staten Island, New York then relocated to North Carolina in 1961. He was a 1965 graduate of New Hanover High School and served our great country in the United States Air Force following high school. He was the North Carolina representative for the National Cargo Bureau and owned M.D. Johnson and Son Marine Surveyors with his father Melvin Douglas Johnson for over 40 years working in and around the Ports of North Carolina and the east coast. During that time he acquired many close friends and contacts that became lifelong friends. He truly loved being around the Port and the interactions and friendships he made along the way.
During his time he enjoyed baseball, football, coaching and being a baseball umpire for many years. He was a seasoned dancer belonging to the Cape Fear Shag Club and truly loved music and his special friend and dance partner Cindy Parker. He also enjoyed being a long time volunteer for the NC Azalea Festival as well as classic cars. He loved bird watching and watching his grandchildren participate in sports and activities.
Bobby was preceded in death by his father Melvin Sr, mother Gertrude and brother Melvin Jr. He is survived by his two children, Karen Johnson Ford and husband George of Hampstead and Dr. Kevin M. Johnson and wife Heather of Wilmington. He had four grandchildren Morgan Johnson, Cooper Ford, Brady Johnson and Georgia Ford. He is also survived by his four siblings, Sharon Skipper and husband Martin, Barbara Wenderlich and husband Erik, Steven Johnson and wife Suzanne all of Wilmington and Joe Johnson and wife Mandy of Huntersville, NC along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 10:00am. Special thanks to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center for their special care and support throughout his last days. Remembrances may be made to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center or St. Judes Children’s Hospital.