Brian K. Johnson

(November 25, 1955 - July 3, 2014)

Brian Johnson of Maple Shade died suddenly on July 3, 2014 while jogging in Moorestown. He was 58 years old. Brian was raised in Edgewater Park; attended the Edgewater Park School system and graduated from Burlington City High School in 1974.
He is survived by his mother, Joan Van Alstyne (nee Moore) of DeIran and two brothers; Brad Johnson (Leona) of North Hanover, N.J. and William Johnson (Nancy) of Riverside; two nephews, Dru and Cory Johnson of North Hanover. Brian was the son of the late Milton B. Johnson. Pre-deceased also was his stepfather, Leroy Van Alstyne, and grandparents Arthur and Estelle Moore; Irvin and Helen Johnson of Beverly.
Brian enjoyed life to the fullest. He found humor in almost every situation; was a devoted friend; liked to mail humorous greeting cards to family and friends; loved the seashore and body surfing; he was an avid cross country runner having been on the track teams at BCHS and Glassboro College. He was employed by Fed Ex in Phila. for 30 years maintaining a perfect driving record.
He will be missed by Doris and Bob Dolce, his aunt and uncle living in Hilton Head; his cousins Lori and Jon Clark of Mt. Laurel; Kim Dolce of Florida and John and Denice Becker of Riverside; his oldest and best friend, Steve Gilchrist (Mindy) and special friend, Maria Fogliano; and many other friends and coworkers.
A viewing will be held on Thurs., July 10th, 6 to 9 P.M. at Sweeney’s Funeral Home located at 478 Cooper Street, Beverly. There will be a viewing on Fri., July 11th, 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. with a worship service at 10 A.M. conducted by the Rev. Richard Nichols of the First United Methodist Church of Moorestown. Interment in the Beverly Monument Cemetery will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your own church or a charity of your choice in memory of Brian.

6 thoughts on “Brian K. Johnson

  1. Elizabeth Spicer

    I only met Brain once but he really left an impression on me. He was so nice and kind. I am so saddened by this! Brain had a good soul and you could feel that just in one afternoon.

  2. Sandy Showard

    I met Brian nearly 25 years ago through my sister and brother-in-law, Steve and Mindy Gilchrist. Whenever Brian was around, we laughed non-stop. He made a joke out of everything. I have fond memories of Brian’s parties – he knew how to throw one. The videos he and his brothers made during childhood are hilarious. It is unbelievable that I won’t hear his voice again, or crack up at his latest antics. My thoughts go out to his family and to Steve and Mindy. When you are feeling sad and lonely and think you just can’t go on, play some of his childhood videos, laugh, cry, and hold him tight. He will always be with us.

  3. Rocky Massi

    I am saddened to hear the news of Brian’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and longtime friends. I worked with Brian years ago @ FedEx and remember him as a fun-loving, conscientious person.

  4. Kathy Fahy

    On behalf of myself and all of my co-workers, I would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Brian’s family and friends. Brian was our Federal Express delivery person for the last 10 years or so and we were all so saddened his sudden passing. Hearing this sad news about someone we saw every day of the work week for so many years shocked us all. Brian always had a smile and a cheerful word for us – especially when he won our super bowl football pool a few years ago! When we moved offices last month, we were happy to hear that he was still going to be our everyday guy! It sounds like there are many loving memories that you hold in your hearts and our thoughts are with you in this sorrowful time.
    Kathy and the entire staff at American Executive Centers

  5. Richard Jones

    Brian and I grew up together in Edgewater Park. We were the same age, and in school always next to each other; Johnson and Jones. We became great friends. I named my son Brian.
    Brian always had a smile on his face and an infectious laugh. He was also a gifted artist, able to draw cartoons and beautiful sketches with such a graceful ease. I was amazed by his talent.
    Through the years, I would find myself at a FedEx office and always ask if they knew Brian. Many times their faces would light-up and say, “Yeah! I know Brian. He works in Philly… He’s a great guy. How do you know him?” I’d explain how we grew-up together and we’d both agree that Brian was just one of those special people that made our lives better, just by knowing him. Two strangers sharing happy thoughts of a truly kind and wonderful person – Brian Johnson.
    This morning my wife told me she had learned of Brian’s passing via Facebook. I was in disbelief. It had been years since the last time Brian and I talked and laughed and remembered all of the fun/foolish things we had done together. Now I feel empty and sad that I’ll never share laughter with Brian again. I can only Thank God for having shared him with us.

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