ORRINGTON and BANGOR - Benjamin Houston Johnson IV, 9, loving son and devoted older brother, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, as a result of a tragic fire that also claimed the lives of his father, Benjamin H. Johnson III; his sister, Leslie L. Johnson; and his brother, Ryan S. Johnson. He was born Dec. 2, 2002, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a miracle baby, overcoming many medical problems.
"Little Ben" had a vivid imagination, which made him a wonderful storyteller. He loved to build things and watch his Daddy work with his tools, and just like Daddy, Ben loved to bowl as well. He loved dinosaurs, Transformers, and couldn't wait until he turned 12 so he could go golfing with his father and grandfather. The oldest of three children, Ben was a very protective older brother, taking good care of his younger sister and brother.
Ben is survived by his loving mother, Christine G. Johnson; paternal grandparents, Benjamin H. and Ethel J. Johnson II; maternal grandparents, James A. and Linda F. (Clark) Burrill Jr.; maternal aunt, Kasie Hartsock; maternal uncle, Jeremy Hartsock; paternal aunts, Ronnelle A. Miller and husband, George, and Jennifer DesJardin and husband, Shawn; paternal great-aunts, Lenora Johnson, Amelia Chryss and husband, Peter, and Joanne Mangan; paternal great-uncles, Everest "Sonny" Doucette and Clarence "Dougie" E. Crawford III; maternal great-grandmothers, Della Burrill and Linda Clark; maternal great-aunt, Brenda "Kaye" Alexander and husband, Michael; maternal great-uncles, Scott Burrill, Arthur Thomas Clark Jr. and Jimmy Clark; and cousins, Juliann Doucette, Everest and Audrey Doucette, Mark Doucette, Renee and Larry Overlock, Donny Mahoney, Laura, Ben and Corey Mahoney, Christopher and Michele Doucette, Christine and Sarah Doucette, Ethan R., Amy L. and Emily J. DesJardin, Andrew B. Miller, Dennise and Troy Pomeroy, Alexis and Trent Pomeroy, Chrysto and Ellen Chryss, Christina and Willie Knix, Kerry, Stacey and Jason Knix, Robyne Hinkley, Savannah Burrill, Rebecca and Jasper Prier and their daughter, Lorelai, Cheryl and Adam Frost, Zachary, Chloe and Madison Frost, Janet Williams, Rona Alexander, Lilly and Leslie Alexander, Robbie and Trey Clark, Jessica, Jamie, Tyler and Katherine Clark. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas James Johnson; paternal great-grandfathers, Benjamin H. Johnson and Clarence Crawford; paternal great-grandmothers, Pearl Johnson-Standley and Briget Jacques; maternal great-grandfathers, James A. Burrill Sr. and Thomas Clark; a great-aunt, Delcina Doucette; and a cousin, Angie Mahoney.
Friends are invited to call 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 17, prior to calling hours, at the Lancaster Room of Hollywood Casino, Hotel and Raceway. Interment will be private. Contributions in the Johnson family's memory may be made to The Johnson Family Fund, Seaboard Credit Union, P.O. Box G, Bucksport, ME 04416. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com