Robert Johnson, Jr.

  • Born: July 27, 1951
  • Died: July 27, 2020
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Johnson Jr. 69, of Manchester NH, passed away at home on July 27, 2020. He was born on July 27, 1951 to Robert Johnson and Marvis (Davis) Holt in Goffstown, NH, and would later marry his best friend and love of his life, Laura, with whom he shared many years of loving marriage.

A Goffstown native, Robert was locally known as "Huckleberry Finn" for his free-spirited nature and the fact that he could often be found around town barefoot and with a fishing pole in hand. In his late teens he joined the Army and served in Korea in 1969, a service of which he was very proud of for the duration of his life. Upon his return, he worked as a mechanic for the rest of his days, which served as more of a passion than an occupation as he always loved fixing things, whether it be for money or not.

Robert will be remembered as an outgoing, free-spirited, generous and fun-loving man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He would often fill up the room with his lovable nature and big laugh and was always making friends wherever he was. He also loved being outdoors, whether fishing in the lakes or hunting in the woods, as he was always his best self when spending time outdoors. Robert was also a board member of the Even Par Club, where he made many long-standing friends and colleagues throughout his time there. Above all else, Robert loved his family and friends immensely, and will be dearly missed by all whose lives he touched.

Robert has now joined his father and mother Robert & Marvis; and his two brothers David Holt & Carl Johnson in heaven. He is survived by his wife Laura Johnson; daughter Jolene Desmarais; daughter Sara Johnson; brother Jeff Holt and his wife Julie; sister Linda Coker and her husband William; grandchildren Angelina & Haley; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held on Friday, July 31 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Phaneuf Funeral Homes, 243 Hanover St. Manchester NH. He will be laid to rest alongside his brother Carl Johnson on Saturday, August 1 at 10:00 AM at the West Lawn Cemetery in Goffstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VA Medical Center


Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the privilege of working with Bob at Cummings Printing. He was fun to work with, especially with his sense of humor. He was a very giving person. He helped me with some home projects without any questions, I will never forget him and his generosity. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Mike & Diana Anderson

Posted by Mike Anderson - Hooksett, NH - Coworker   August 10, 2020

Dear Laura, sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. Hope good memories brings you comfort and sweet laugh. I am thinking about you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Posted by Lourdes N. Jimenez - Bow, NH - Coworker   August 03, 2020

Bobby you were always the voice of reason. Everyone's friend. I'm honored to have known you for the short time I did. You will be terribly missed.

Posted by Dougie Kane - Dover, NH - Friend   August 01, 2020

Laura and family my thaughts and are with u all uncle Bobby. Was a funny man amd a great person if you are down he could put a smile on any ones face uncle bobby will be deeply miss

Posted by Robin Philbrick - Manchester, NH - Family   July 31, 2020

Laura and family, So sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed, always had a smile and made you feel welcome. Bob was one smart man he could do anything he set his mind to, our deepest sympathy.

Mike and Maurice

Posted by Mike Proulx - Weare, NH - Friend   July 31, 2020

Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Bobby was a funny and great man. May he rest in peace!! You are in my thoughts and prayers through this time.

Posted by Michael Davis - Pensacola, FL - Family   July 30, 2020

Laura, Jolene, Sara, Haley and Angelina I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob was always so kind to me and I always enjoyed his sense of humor. Especially when he was teasing Laura. Rest In Peace Bob, you will be greatly missed.

Posted by Terry Newcomb - Weare, NH - Friend   July 30, 2020

Dear Laura,
Sincere condolences on the loss of your loving husband. My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. Though I didn't know Robert, it sounds like he was amazing. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord who is always with you.
Sue Gagnon, Geisel Library at Saint Anselm College

Posted by Sue Gagnon - Coworker   July 30, 2020

Dear Laura,
My deepest sympathies on the passing your husband Robert. I will remember him in my prayers, as well as you and your family.
God bless you,
Fr. John

Posted by Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B. - Manchester, NH - friend   July 30, 2020

To The Johnson Family ~ My sincere condolences to your entire family. I will truly miss Bobby's kindness, his welcoming smile, and his caring nature. He will be deeply missed by many. ~ Cindy Sheehan

Posted by Cynthia Sheehan - MANCHESTER, NH - Friend   July 30, 2020

Laura, Jolene, Sara, Angelina, and Haley, so sorry for your loss, He was a great friend and neighbor and will be missed by many. RIP Bob I will always remember you.

Posted by Mark Haskell - Hooksett, NH - Friend   July 30, 2020

I'm so very sorry about Bob's passing. We're sending love from afar.

Posted by Colleen Desmarais    July 29, 2020

Thanks for all the trading of state quarters and the warm welcome when we came to visit. I'm happy you don't have to suffer with no more back pain. See you in heaven one day. Loving memories of you and the family.

My heart filled love is with everyone. Praying for peace and comfort.

Posted by Joy Desmarais - Seaside, CA - Family   July 29, 2020


To the Johnsons,
Thank you for your many years of of kindness & friendship.
Being introduced to The Johnson's by Keith, Kelly, Dave and Missy to play poker at your house became many years of fun, laughter, and friendship. Especially that time I accidentally broke and fell out of your kitchen chair. While embarrassed and shocked I destroyed a kitchen chair I a flat second from just trying to slide out of it; you guys just laughed it off and replaced it with a folding chair assuring I shouldn't break that one

May heaven open its doors for you and save you a seat at the poker table.
I will miss you my friend and am grateful to you and your family for your friendship.

Mark & Pati Wheeler
aka Wheels

Posted by Mark Wheeler - Orange Park, FL - Family Friend   July 29, 2020

So very sorry too hear of Bob's unexpected passing.
My heart goes out to his wife Laura and their family.
Big hugs to my brother in law Jeff and my sister Julie and their son Ryan.
May God be with all of you to give you strength and comfort. RIP Bob. Love, sharon and stephanie knapp from Michigan

Posted by Sharon Knapp - Reed City, MI - Acquaintance   July 29, 2020

Rest In Peace uncle bob we love you ❤

Posted by kasandra scherbert - Silver springs, FL - Family   July 29, 2020

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