In Loving Memory Of
Bertrand “Bert” Johnson, ONB
1934 - 2024

Dieppe, NB – It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Bert at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Center, on April 4th, 2024.

Born in Moncton, he was the son of the late Adolphe and the late Néra (Belliveau) Johnson.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 57 years Majella (Boudreau) Johnson, by his three children: Benoît, Danielle and André (Erica Hogue) and by his brothers: Jean-Marie Johnson (Florence Harris) and Ronald Johnson (late Angeline).

He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Nicole Liautaud (1965), his sister Blanche (Cléophas Léger), and brothers Emery, Claude (Rita Léger) and Alonzo (Marie Gaudet).

After he graduated from l’Université de Moncton in Business Administration (1964), he became the first Industrial Development Officer for the NB Department of Industry (1964-1967). He was unit manager for Manufacturers Life, Program Director for the Memramcook Institute and ended his career as Social Development Coordinator for Correction Canada at the Westmorland Institution.

Throughout his life, being a volunteer was very important for him. He always wanted to assist the disadvantaged in getting a second chance.

In 1991, he was instrumental in the establishment of Mountain Top House in Dorchester for families of prisoners who visited from afar. For over 25 years, he was involved in the Francophone literacy program in the South East region of NB. He was involved with the House of Nazareth, a temporary emergency shelter for the homeless. He 2003, he founded Finding My Way Community Network, a web and community tool that could be used to help people reintegrate their community and find support services.

In 2009, he was honoured twice for his volunteer work. He received the National Taylor Award, an annual award given by Correctional Service Canada to an exemplary volunteer, for his work in providing social and economic support to many NB residents. He also received the Order of New Brunswick for his dedication to volunteerism, for his efforts to assist in the rehabilitation of offenders and for his belief and support in improving literacy and learning in Southeast NB.

Even in his 70’s and 80’s, he continued volunteering for Enviro Plus.

Visitation will be held at Passage – Chartersville, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB, on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024, from 6-8 pm and on Thursday, April 11th, from 10 am to 11:15 am. A religious service will be held at 11:30 am at the Passage Funeral Chapel.

Donations to the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated or to the organization of your choice.

The family invites you to sign a book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.

Arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center.

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34 comments

  1. Mes plus sincères sympathies à la famille. Malheureusement je suis partis jusqu’au 16 avril et il me sera impossible de rendre un dernier hommage à Bert. Je regrette vraiment ça. Bon courage à vous tous…

  2. Nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille. Une triste nouvelle.

  3. Sincères sympathies Majella, Danielle, André et Benoit. Toujours difficile de perdre un être cher. R.I.P. Bert.

  4. My sympathies to the family, his brother Claude. Rita was my godfather and godmother.

  5. Nos sincères condoléances à la famille. Bert a fait une contribution inestimable comme membre du Conseil d’Enviro Plus. Cela a été un énorme privilège pour l’organisation de profiter de son expérience et de son dévouement.

  6. Our condolences to the family. May you find solace in the loving memories. His way of living made the world a better place. Bert’s compassionate care will continue to hep generation after generation.

  7. Une pensée spéciale pour vous et votre famille en ces moments très difficiles.
    Sincères Condoléances.

  8. Mes sincères condoléances à toi Majella ainsi qu’à tes enfants. Bert a certainement accompli de grandes choses pour la société.

  9. Dear Majella and family…
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your loving husband/father… Bert will be missed by all who knew and loved him…he definitely lived life to the fullest helping those in need at every corner…
    Bon courage à vous tous! 💞

  10. Bert was always a part of my life, as far back as I can remember. Through the years he also spent a lot of time with my dad (there were a number of fishing trips involved) which helped to keep us connected. Even after I moved to the US we still maintained contact, and when I would make my trips back to Moncton I would always look forward to reconnecting with Bert and Majella. They always welcomed my wife Sue and me. Even up until fairly recently Bert and I would play the occasional game of pool online (and I think he let me win!). I will miss him dearly and will think of him often with love.
    Sue and I send our deepest sympathy – please know that we are with you in spirit.

  11. Our condolences Majella , Benoit , Andre and the family you are in our thoughts and prayers in your difficult time

  12. What a good man, I am grateful for the opportunity I had years ago working on The Find Your Way project and the lesson on how important service work is in building a better community. Also my thoughts and prayers to the family and real long list of friends,

  13. Mes sincères sympathies à la famille et à son frère Ronald. J’ai connu Bert alors qu’il n’àvait que 20 ans et qu’il il militait déja pour la justice comme membre de la Jeunesse ouvrière catholique à Moncton. Je l’ai croisé à plusieurs occasions lors de sa vie professionnelle. Sa contribution à la création d’Enviro Plus et à son développement a été exceptionnelle.

    Qu’il repose en paix et goûte sa récompense pour sa compassion à l’égard des moins nantis.

  14. Mes sincères condoléances à Majella et à la famille. Bert a vécu une belle vie en laissant sa marque dans la vie de bien des gens.
    Son oeuvre va le suivre.

  15. Dear Majella – We were so very sorry to hear of Bert’s passing. You mentioned he had a bad heart when I spoke to you at Ulysse’s funeral but he didn’t look like a man who would die in so short a time. It was wonderful to see you again after so many years. I’m having mobility issues this week – did something to my left knee and ankle so I can’t walk too well so we can’t go to the funeral but Cyrilla and Jim will come to represent us. We were both so impressed with Bert’s obituary listing everything that he;s done and all the honors he’s received in his life. He will be greatly missed by so many people. My e-mail contact if you’d like to contact me. belbinfrancine@gmail.com

  16. Majella, our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband. Bert clearly left a legacy of care and giving. We had hoped to drive up tomorrow for the funeral but commitments here will make that impossible. My prayers and thoughts will be you tomorrow.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences t you and your children. May Bert Rest In Peace.

  18. Toutes nos sympathies à Majella, Benoît, Danielle et André ainsi que toutes les personnes associées avec la famille. Nous retenons de très beaux souvenirs de Bert et son grand dévouement pour l’humanité souffrante.

  19. Dear Majella,
    I was so saddened to hear of Bert’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our work together developing the Find My Way project… Bert was a kind and knowledgeable mentor, and his devotion to helping those who needed a second chance was immeasurable. I know his passing will be a big loss to you and your family, take comfort in knowing how many lives he changed by his acts of kindness.

  20. Bert
    I’ve been thinking about you for the last 3 weeks.
    I don’t know why that.. I thought you were probably physically in some kind of condition that would take you out.
    We’ve had so many days together and so many years together and I can’t even remember them all.
    I’ve known you for 60 odd years from, university time, to strawberry time, to Cape ball, time, to Peggy’s Cove, and the time from the New Brunswick government time.
    From success motivation time.
    It’s been a long time I’m certainly going to miss you.
    I used to make you a call once a month or once every two months.
    I won’t be able to make the call. There’ll be nobody to receive it.
    I’m going to miss you for a long time.
    Your friend Dave Surette.

  21. Nos pensées sont avec vous, nous vous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances.

  22. Nos pensées sont avec vous. Nous vous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances.

  23. Nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille
    Robert et Loretta Poirier

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