January 20, 2019
Obituaries » William W. T. Johnson
William Welton Thomas Johnson, 80, passed away on January 20, 2019. He made light of his names, often telling folks that his mother did not know what to name him, so she gave him four. He was also known as Weechie, Whitey, Bill and Uncle. It even showed up with his signature. One day he might sign as Welton Johnson, another day as William, or even as W. Welton Johnson for variety. “We don’t have any have records for a William Johnson,” medical personnel would exclaim with obvious concern. “Do you have records for a Welton Johnson,” we would ask. And so it went. Born on October 12, 1938, in West Fairlee, he was the son of William T. and Alice M. (Tilden) Johnson. He grew up in Fairlee. He was the undisputed sleep-walking champion of Orange County. A lover of airplanes, he aspired to join the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Bradford Academy in 1959. Unfortunately, the Air Force did not take sleepwalkers and those with flat feet. Bill took a job working as a custodian at Dartmouth College for a dozen or so years before attending the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, OH. After schooling, he worked as a meat cutter at Gould’s Market in Piermont, NH, before doing same at Mehuron’s Market in Waitsfield. He became the store’s meat dept. manager in 1995 and served in that position until he retired in 2003. He was known as a very hard and excellent worker at Mehuron’s. Customers and co-workers loved him. He also worked as a custodian at Fayston Elementary and Moretown Elementary. Bill enjoyed the outdoors immensely. He loved to chase those deer, but he was not very successful primarily, we think, because he really did not want to kill them. Fly fishing was his real passion. Bill loved cats. Bill developed a powerful friendship with Bill and Becky Robinson of Warren. Bill and Becky’s love, support and loyalty to Bill was like none other. That friendship and love, as well as the love and support from his family, helped Bill die a happy man.