[Chat] Fw: ARJAY MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS FROM HIS NIECE WILLOW

Schlegel, William B CW4 RES USAR USARC william.schlegel at us.army.mil
Sat Jan 24 20:38:02 EST 2009


Some of you might get this more than once.

Brad

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Willow Wingate 
To: John Houston ; Houston - CVCA, John ; Cobb, Dawna - home ; GrenWhitman at aol.com ; sarah at phloot.com ; jberlin at bcpl.net ; trollyjoe387 at yahoo.com ; Salandjam at aol.com 
Cc: brwork ; Brmeade ; Brad Schlegel 
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 5:20 PM
Subject: ARJAY MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS FROM HIS NIECE WILLOW


Hello Charles Village community members. 

I'm forwarding this info to you at the suggestion of Brad Schlegel. Please accept my apology if this is unwanted/unsolicited, I'm trying to cover as many bases as possible and I'm not familiar with how your message/discussion/chat board works. 

And, one of Arjay's other nieces, Elizabeth Johnson, is working on a memory book for his daughter Anne. If anyone would like to contribute thoughts etc. just forward them to me.  (Thanks) 

Following is the message that I posted on the board with a couple revisions/deletions.

Let me know if you or others have questions.
M-F contact me through work E-mail as follows:
wwingate at mragta.com

Thank you for your time.
Willow 


Dear Friends of Arjay/Richard Johnson,

Richard Temple Johnson aka "Arjay" was my uncle (my mother's brother-in-law.)
He was very dear to me and like a father. He would often refer to himself as "Tio Ricardo" (in his best latino accent.) 

We're all very sad and are still in shock and disbelief that he's suddenly gone from our lives (physically, as he'll always be with us in spirit.) I feel especially sorry for his daughter Anne Johnson, a young woman of only 21 years. She's doing okay but will need a lot of love and support.

Uncle Rick's brother, Bill, (Dr. William R. Johnson of Columbia/Ellicott City, MD) found Arjay and this has been very hard on him. They were very close. Arjay is also survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. William R. Johnson, Sr, of Ellicott City (they're in their 90's,) his daughter Anne and ex-wife, Rebecca Johnson, of Guilford, and my other aunt, Louise Morgan of Towson.

Uncle Rick was a Mechanical Engineer with Phoenix International in Largo, Maryland. He was only 67 years old. Apparently he was very sick with what we think was the flu. He was last seen by his friend Roger on Sunday December 28th. Bill discoverd him on Wednesday December 31st. We've been told by the medical examiner that he died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was cremated on Friday January 2nd. 

I want to thank those of you who inquired about his memorial service. Initially the service was to be on Saturday, January 24th due to existing weekend travel plans that Bill had for the subsequent weekends following Uncle Rick's death.

I received an E-mail from Brad Schlegel regarding the service on Saturday January 31st. The details are as follows:

Historic Oakland Manor
5430 Vantage Point Rd.
Columbia, MD  21044

Saturday, January 31st at 11 AM

Directions to Historic Oakland
>From Baltimore:
I-95 South to Route 175 (Columbia).  Follow Route 175 West for 5.3 miles. Turn left at Vantage Point Road, follow for 3/10 mile.  Turn right at the OAKLAND sign.
or 

I-695 South to I-70 West. South on Route 29 to Route 175 West (exit 20b).  At 2nd stop light, turn left at Vantage Point Road, follow for 3/10 mile. Turn right at the OAKLAND sign.
And, thanks to John Spurrier for the photo of Uncle Rick with his conga drum. There are so many things that I'd like to write but I don't know any of you and am not comfy with going into all of my thoughts. Suffice it to say that I loved my uncle and I'll miss him so much. He was a kind soul deep down despite his occasional "grumpy old man" routine (and that's meant in a light-hearted way.)



Regards,

Willow Wingate






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From: "Schlegel, William B CW4 RES USAR USARC" <william.schlegel at us.army.mil>
To: "Wingate - home, Willow" <willowwingate at yahoo.com>; "Wingate - work, Willow" <wwingate at mragta.com>
Cc: brwork <brad.schlegel at irs.gov>; Brmeade <Schlegelw at mi.army.mil>; John Houston <houston at erols.com>; "Cobb, Dawna - home" <DawnaCobb at mindspring.com>; "Houston - CVCA, John" <houston at starpower.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 3:13:59 PM
Subject: Re: ...re-read Arjay...

I found another e-mail address for John Houston.  houston at starpower.net Houston - CVCA, John <houston at starpower.com> is not valid.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Brad Schlegel" <william.schlegel at us.army.mil>
To: "Wingate - home, Willow" <willowwingate at yahoo.com>; "Wingate - work, Willow" <wwingate at mragta.com>
Cc: "'John Houston'" <houston at erols.com>; "Houston - CVCA, John" <houston at starpower.com>; "Cobb, Dawna - home" <DawnaCobb at mindspring.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 2:36 PM
Subject: Fw: ...re-read Arjay...

More insight into Arjay's thoughts.  I believe the John being referred to is
John Houston.  I believe he probably does know about Arjay's passing.  I
will try to confriom his current e-mail address.
> 
> Brad


> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "arjay" <arjay at bcpl.net>
> To: "Charles Village Discussion" <discussion at lists.thevillage.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 10:48 AM
> Subject: ...re-read Arjay...
> 
> 
> John,
> 
> No, don't do that, ...I even re-read mine sometimes, and when I do, I can't
> even stand myself.  The last time I did that I ALMOST called "Whip" and tried
> to sign up on "the gang".
> 
> "Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, ...for they shall never cease
> to be amused".
> 
> Arjay
> ________________________________
> 
>> ===== Original Message From "Charles Village Discussion"
> <discussion at lists.thevillage.org> =====
>> Arjay - Thank you, as penance for the err of my ways, I'll go back and read
>> some of your emails several times - Agggg  ;-)
>> 
>> J
> 
>> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "arjay" <arjay at bcpl.net>
> To: "Charles Village Discussion" <discussion at lists.thevillage.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:41 PM
> Subject: ...question technique...
> 
> 
> John,
> 
> You are starting to frame your questions the same way "Whip" and Joan Floyd,
> and some others do, ...excuse me if I don't feel like I owe anyone a detailed
> explanation of "they".  I don't have time to provide a complete list of all
> the vital data to completely identify the guilty parties who are also sick and
> tired of "Whip" and his gang.
> 
> Arjay
> _________________________________
> 
>> ===== Original Message From "Charles Village Discussion"
> <discussion at lists.thevillage.org> =====
>> Arjay, welcome back - I think ;-)
>> 
>> who is this "they" ya reference?
>> 
>> S,
>> J
> 


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