Stephen Johnson

Stephen Paul Johnson

1947 - 2020
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Stephen Paul Johnson, 72, passed away peacefully, March 24, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family and closest friends. Steve will be remembered as a kind man who was a devoted husband, father, papa, and friend. He often lit up a room with his smile, his wit, and his charm. He was born August 15, 1947 in Washington, D.C.
Steve served in the United States Army from 1967-1970, before attending the University of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management in 1973. He then completed a MBA at Temple University. Steve moved to Maine in 1979 and began working at Eastern Maine Medical Center. There he met his wife and soul mate Deborah Carey Johnson with whom he raised two wonderful children Eric and Lisa.
In 1983, Steve established the popular “Whig & Courier” Pub and Restaurant in Bangor. Since 1995, Steve owned and operated Avalon Village, an independent living retirement community in Hampden which he founded. In 2016 while still actively involved in Avalon, Steve and Debbie moved to the coast of Maine in Southwest Harbor, where they built their retirement home and enjoyed the ocean and boating.
Steve was a devoted Rotarian, served as a District Governor and involved in many service projects, to include being a founder of Sarah’s House. In the 1990s, he joined Partners in Health and worked closely with Dr. Robert Bach to help the people of Porta Cavetas with the construction of a local hospital. Steve was a humanitarian who undertook numerous mission trips to help the people of Nicaragua for over thirty years.
Steve enjoyed music, current events, and was a diehard University of Maryland basketball, Washington Redskins, and Washington Nationals fan.
Steve will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by a number of lifelong friends. Steve is survived by his wife Debbie of nearly 40 years, his son Eric, daughter Lisa and her husband Jeremy Hosier, his granddaughters Maxwell and Vail Hosier, his sister Pat and her husband Mike Watts.

Due to Covid-19, there will be a Memorial Mass at Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor, to be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at
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    Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery
    Kebo Street
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A Memorial Mass at Holy Redeemer Church will be announced at a later date.


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Elaine Potoker

Posted at 12:35pm
Dear Deb & Family,

In Memory of Steve

Life is a cup we drink from
and refill. It is never ½ empty
Even those who have departed
Fill us as a vessel with memories
Steve will be that person
to all of us
and to you and yours.
Missed, but never forgotten.
My sincere condolences.
Your Rotarian "Sister"
Elaine Potoker

Eddie Harrow

Posted at 10:42am
Dear Debbie,
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing.
Eddie Harrow

Al Feather

Posted at 03:51pm
Friend, fellow Rotarian and travel buddy are words to describe Steve. Words are hardly enough at this time.

We began as fellow Rotarians and followed a similar path to becoming District Governors. His support and late night / emergency calls as my mentor were invaluable and for that I am so appreciative. As traveling buddies we often bunked together on our Rotary adventures at the Forks or in Bilwaskarma. We would work all day to get water and sanitation to the people of Bilwaskarma, Nicaragua, a passion of Steve and soon became a passion of the "Three Amigos" ( Steve, Norman and Al).
After a days work we would have late nights under our mosquito nets laughing and telling stories, his humor was an inspiration.
As friends we shared the love of our grandchildren together. We were both so proud to have our first grandchild.
Steve's grandchildren and his family meant everything to him. Sue and I send our love and condolences to Deb, his children and grandchildren. We will all miss his laughter, loving heart and smile.
Sue and Al Feather


Marcia Biggane

Posted at 11:59am
Dear Debbie and family,
I was so saddened to read of Steve's passing. I remember him with a ready smile and also remember fondly our NICU "Happy Hours" at The Whig. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Marcia Biggane.

Cynthia Geaghan

Posted at 09:46am
I have been thinking for the last few day about how to say good-bye to a person who had such an impact on my life in direct and indirect ways. Working for Steve at the Whig & Courier was a fortunate happening in my life. Steve hired some amazing people to work for him and some of those women are still my dearest friends to this day. Steve and Debbie welcomed us into their home and hearts. They danced at our weddings and celebrated our individual accomplishments.
I loved Steve’s great smile which was captured so well in his obituary picture. That is the way I want to always remember him. I will also remember Steve’s love for God and the Washington Red Skins. But it was obvious that his greatest love of all was Debbie. Their relationship was one I admired in the way they supported each other in their professional endeavors and personally enjoyed their life together.
Debbie, Peter and I are so sorry for your loss and have been thinking of you, Eric and Lisa. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you hold your memories and love for Steve close in your hearts. We hope to be there when we can all gather together to celebrate Steve’s life one last time. Please let us know if you can do anything for you.

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