John S. Johnson Jr., 86 of Fulton, died Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse after a sudden illness following years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
He had been employed as an insurance broker with Ladd’s Insurance Agency in North Syracuse for over 25 years and for various other insurance companies in the Syracuse area. John owned and operated the Cine Theater in Fulton from 1973-1980.
He served as mayor for the City of Fulton from 1956 -1959 and tax assessor from 1980 -1991. He also served on the Board of Education from 1970 -1975 and as president 1973 -1975.
John was a communicant of the former Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton where he was a lector. He was a former member of the Fulton Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph’s Council #254. John served in the Navy from 1943-1946 and Air National Guard from 1954-1957.
He was the son of the late, John and Bessie Johnson and predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Mary Ellen Johnson and by his brother, Wade Johnson.
Surviving are his children, Thomas J. (Patricia) Johnson of Schenectady, Stephen J. (Karen) Johnson of San Antonio, TX, Mary C. (Kendall) Barber of Wayland, MA and Megan A. Bowman of Fulton; brothers, Richard (Judy) Johnson of Fulton, Donald (Joyce) Johnson of Inverness, FL and Carl (Goldie) Johnson of Fulton; sister, Mary Lou (Ronald) McGinley of Phoenix; sister-in-law, Margaret “Peg” Moen of Syracuse; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; 18 nieces and nephews; several cousins.
A prayer service will be held 9:00 a.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Parish, corner of Rochester and South Third Streets, Fulton. Burial is at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton, 13069 or Catholic Charities, 365 West First Street, Fulton, 13069.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.