Mr. Gladston Colston Johnson was born on May 21, 1939 to the late Leroy Johnson and Lulletta “Pearl” Garriques in Kingston, Jamaica. He departed this life on August 8, 2020 at the age of 81. Affectionally known as “Juju” and “Johnny”, he was the second eldest of six children. Johnny accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Hanover Street Baptist Church in Kingston where his grandmother was the Caretaker.
Johnny received his formal education at the Wesley Methodist Preparatory School in Kingston. After immigrating to England, he attended East Ham Technical College in London, England where he majored in Electrical Engineering. As a young man, he spent many Sunday afternoons debating at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, in London, a traditional site for public speeches, debates and demonstrations.
On April 3, 1964, Johnny was united in marriage to his sweetheart Mauvline Eugenia Bulgin in London, England. They immigrated to Connecticut in 1969, where they made their home for 30 years, before relocating to Royal Palm Beach, FL. During their 56 years of matrimony, they were very involved in the West Indian Community. Enamored of the arts, they enjoyed attending plays and musicals at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, CT, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and listening to classical music at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. They traveled together all over the world, making stops in Australia, Hawaii, Samoa, Canada, Bermuda, England, France and Jamaica.
Johnny worked in the field of Electrical Engineering his entire career, beginning with an apprenticeship at Masterton Engineering in Kingston, Jamaica where he refurbished the engines of sea going vessels. In London, he worked for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. In 2007, he retired from ABB, a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation, operating in robotics, power, heavy electrical equipment, and automation technology.
A “true gentleman” was the best way to describe Johnny. He was kind, loving and a fierce protector of his family of whom he was exceedingly proud. He was always willing to offer his help to friends and family alike. He had a dry wit that would leave you in stitches. He enjoyed jazz and reggae music and loved Star Trek. He could fix everything and had an extraordinary knack for unconventional problem solving.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elmina Clarke.
Surviving to cherish loving memories are his wife, Mauvline Johnson of Royal Palm Beach, FL, daughters, Dwinette Johnson Feemster (Mike) of West Palm Beach, FL, Paulette Barnes (Gene) of Ellington, CT; three brothers, Allan Allen (Rita) of Ocala, FL, Mervin “Tony” Soares of Los Angeles, California, Lloyd Kelly of Kingston, JA; one sister, Lorraine Allen of Mt. Vernon, New York; one grandson, Simon Barnes of Ellington, CT, a host of nieces and nephews, and his oldest friends, Wesley McCloud and Lloyd McCurlvin.
Special Thanks- Acknowledgments
Dr. Arif Dalvi, Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute
Dr. Lesley N. Glover, Western Communities Family Practice
Wellington Regional Medical Center, ICU and Compassionate Care Staff
The Mary Kay Cosmetics Family
We sincerely thank you for all the kindnesses, love and sympathy extended to us during
our time of bereavement. It helped to ease our aching hearts and made our grief a little
easier to bear. May God bless each of you.
A tribute in Gladston’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation: https://www.parkinson.org/
200 SE 1st Street
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The Family of the late Gladston Colston Johnson
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