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December 22, 2016

Rae Evans Johnson of Ripley died Dec. 22, 2016, at the Kincardine hospital, at the age of 79. He was the beloved husband of Betty (Noble) for 53 years. Rae was born in Uxbridge, Ontario, May 17, 1937, the son of Sadie (Evans) and Jack Johnson. Dear dad of Lisa (Andrew) Gardiner of Cobourg, and Bill (Martina Aisenpreis) of Point Clark. Cherished Poppa of Madelene, Rebecca, and Jackson. Survived by his sister, Donna Barkey; and sister-in-law, Carol Johnson. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother, Lloyd; and his brother-in-law, Frank Barkey. Rae was “one of those guys." He could fix and maintain just about anything … .gardens, various buildings, tractors, gas engines, appliances, vehicles …. the list goes on. He also liked to share, with all who would listen, how to fix all of the above with a good measure of “advice” mixed in. Friends, neighbours, family …. we will be repeating his sayings and relying on that advice for years to come. An avid fisherman and hunter, he shared these passions with his son, Bill, and then continued them on to his grandchildren almost as a full-time position. Not that long ago, he reached one of his lifetime goals and bagged a turkey. There may have been a large celebration in Ripley at this time - he really felt he had made it. A good measure of respect from Rae would be whether or not you could start an outboard motor, bait your own hook and clean your own fish. While he dispensed advice frequently to his children and grandchildren (and most frequently to Betty), he also loved to share with his son and daughter-in-law - they both quickly learned to take that advice as he was usually right. Andrew quickly learned that Lisa needed to usually “ask my Dad first.” Rae was also happy to welcome Martina into the family - she and Rae had a special kind of sparring relationship which they both equally enjoyed. There is a large space left for us now, in the place he has occupied in our hearts for many years. Betty will miss her lumberjack, nature-loving, gardening and antique-expert husband. We will remember him in all that we do and, most especially, when we “reel another one in" at the cottage. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The funeral will be conducted at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ripley, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Ruth McLean officiating, with Karen Martyn as organist. Memorial information and condolences at

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