Michael J. Johnson, 65, died Thursday, June 16, 2022.
Michael was born in Pittsfield, MA to Samuel Nash Johnson and the late Elizabeth Ann Mullaney, the fifth of six children: Margaret Mary (Peggy), Mary, Thomas, Samuel, and Joseph. An avid storyteller, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
His career included ten years with the General Electric Company and 14 years with Manhattan Publishing.
He married the former Fiona Eva Keri Scott of Athens, GA on October 19, 1991 and moved with her to Croton on Hudson, NY.
They eventually found their way to Savannah, Georgia where he joined the staff of the Southern Cross, the official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. In 2010, he was named editor of the publication, serving in that position until his passing.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Fiona; his daughter, Amy, both of Savannah; his father, Samuel; siblings; several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1707 Bull Street in Savannah. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Catholic Relief Services or the American Diabetes Association.
I am so sorry that he is gone and you are alone except for friends. I nearly missed learning of his death because it went to spam and I usually do not check. I can't come to the funeral as I am living alone in Florida, near Stephen. Win died August 31, 2021. Prayers for you. Mary Anne Abbe
- Mary Abbe, Sarasota, FL
Michael was such a great & giving guy. I worked with him with RCIA at Sacred Heart. Shocked to hear of his passing. Another great one gone!
- Dan O Davis, Savannah, GA
Fiona, it's just unreal that Mike is gone. I feel blessed that I got to call him my friend. He was such a kind and upbeat person, despite his limitations. They never seemed that way to him. I especially remember his kindness one day at the Pastoral Center to a man with mental problems. He was never too busy to answer questions. He will be missed but we now have an angel to help us. My love and prayers to you and Amy and family members.
- Roxie Bryant, Savannah, GA
So sorry for your loss. There aren't any words to help, but know you and Amy are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Deb Bennett, Savannah, GA
I am still processing the loss if my brother, and father of our niece Amy. Hope to have an opportunity to come celebrate his life when details are available.
- Joesph Johnson, Smyrna , Georgia
Michael has left of legacy of love and compassion for others. He was such a kind soul and always had time for others. Jim and I were blessed to have known Michael as our neighbor and friend. He will be greatly missed.
- Angie Ivey , Savannah , GA
Hi, Fiona, My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray you find comfort and peace. I never did meet Michael in person but I know he left a giant footprint on the earth through his ministry and beautiful soul. God bless. Chaplain Denise
- Thompson, Savannah, GA
Mike was a treasure to so many people and so many communities and will be profoundly missed. "This little light of mine" keeps running through my head. He loved that song during Antioch retreats. Mike, be a beacon of light to all of us, especially Fiona and family.
- Genevieve Bonadonna, Montrose, NY
May Michael Rest In Peace with the Risen Lord of Life. Fr. Higgins
- F. Higgins, Savannah, GA
- Bonadonna, Montrose, ny
Dear Fiona and the extended Johnson family, please accept our deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers on the passing of Michael. May his soul rest in peace.
- Chris Desa, Savannah, GA
Fiona and Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. Michael was a friend thru Arlene and Tom. I've known him since before Amy's birth. He has always seemed so genuine and in the moment. I know you will always have him in your hearts. May he rest in peace and may you both find peace.
- Peggy Thompson, Frankfort, KY
We are so sad about the awful news. If uncle Mike was still here I’m sure he would of comforted us with a humorous comment on his own obituary that would of made us all shake our heads, but mine would shake with deep pride. We shared the cheesy humor gene. Fiona and Amy I can’t imagine your unimaginable suffering, this was much too soon and very sudden. We love you guys very very much. And we are always here for you as you guys have always beeN there for us.
- David Jacobson, Plymouth, Ma