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Trevor Smith Johnson

August 20, 1925 - January 8, 2020

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It’s with heavy hearts that we share the news of our father’s passing. Trevor Johnson
left our world on January 8, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. He was a most
beloved, 94 years young family patriarch who lived life to the fullest – from his love of
travel, golf and bridge to spending time with his growing family: 3 children, 7
grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Born and raised in Shropshire, England, Trevor received his education as a professional
engineer and then served 3 years in the British army as a lieutenant in Malaysia. He
immigrated to Canada in 1948 where he eventually became a part of the engineering
team at Ontario Hydro, active at many sites for the remainder of his working days. Here
in Canada, Trevor met and married the love of his life, Patricia Smith. Pat often laughed
about his proposal, a simple but odd question: “Would you want to go to New Zealand
with me?” They first settled in Niagara Falls where daughters Susann and Wendy were
born, before moving his family to a remote area well north of Kenora in Caribou, where
son Ron was born.
Trevor worked for many years to help design and build electric power stations in both
remote northern locations and cities all throughout Ontario. Trevor was a life-long
traveller and adventurer – it was his passion. This love took him and his expertise along
with his family to Ghana, West Africa, in the early 1960s to participate in a major
hydroelectric project at Akosombo that would help to modernize the country’s services
and meet the needs of its growing population. Returning to Canada, he and family
settled in Sarnia for a few years before moving back to Mississauga, where he
eventually retired with Pat.

Trevor and Pat continued to explore the world after retirement, from driving thousands
of kilometres across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, to cruising the seas around South
America, the South Pacific and Europe. He sadly lost Patricia in 2004 but continued to
show his sense of adventure by moving out of the family home into a modern condo,
becoming adept at surfing the Internet, and venturing out into the world again. Every
year, he spent a few months in the trailer that he and Pat had purchased in Florida,
enjoying golf rather than snow in the winter months. Gradually, family members began
to join him there for short furloughs. Trevor always loved to spend time with his growing
family and hosted “The Great Canadian Invasion” of his home town in Ludlow, England
in 2017, when 13 of us took over his favourite pubs and walking trails. Following that
was a trip to Portugal and later, China, with Ron and his wife Pat, where he fulfilled a
dream of his – to ride the fastest train in the world. Just a big kid, a lad of 93 years.
Trevor’s intuitive ability to problem-solve a way through any building or repair project
was inspirational to us all as he spawned many do-it-yourselfers in the family. Wendy
recalls looking at the empty space under her aging car’s hood as the 3000 pieces of its
engine were spread across Trevor’s garage floor. Not to worry he said … a week later
he handed her the key to start it up and give it a test drive! And visiting Susann at her
rural retreat in upstate New York filled him with anticipation of projects and wood-
cutting. His gift of always delighting in the mysteries of how things worked and were put
together gave us all a higher view.
Trevor’s kind, stable, matter-of-fact ways will be truly missed. As per his express
wishes, there was no visitation or funeral. A Celebration of Life for friends and family
may occur in the coming months.
So we say a sad farewell to a most wonderful human being … wishing you wonderful,
cosmic travels, Dad, as you reunite with Mom!

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