Jeremy Edmonds Johnson
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Jeremy Edmonds Johnson
He grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, graduating from the Hill School in 1946. His summers were spent at camp in New Hampshire where he developed his interests in people, team sports, boating and outdoor activities. Jay studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, graduating on June 11, 1951. That same day he married his wife, Anne Schnee, and was commissioned into the Navy. He served in the Navy until 1954 including a tour to Korea. Jay returned to Cornell University, completing a Master's Degree in Engineering and Business Administration in 1957. He worked for Scovill Manufacturing in Waterbury, Connecticut for the next ten years as an Industrial Engineer and Data Processing Manager.
He enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball and volunteering at the Flanders Nature Center. After returning to Cornell University, he served as Associate Director of Computing Services for three years. In 1969 he began nearly thirty years as Director of Computing Services for the University of Maine System based in Orono. He worked with many people across the state to improve computing services through a time of tremendous technological change.
During his years in Orono, he founded the Orono Youth Hockey program and served as both a coach and director. He enthusiastically promoted youth hockey at the regional and state level, serving as the President of the Maine Amateur Hockey Association for four years. Jay was a dedicated University of Maine Hockey fan having season tickets from the opening of Alfond Arena until the year before his passing.
Jay and Anne enjoyed hosting people from far and wide at their house on the Stillwater River. Whether it was annual events like cider pressing and Thanksgiving or a dinner with friends, Jay was happiest when he was listening to what people were up to and what their thoughts were for the future. He and Anne traveled extensively and were able to visit many of the friends they had hosted in Orono.
Following his retirement, Jay continued to volunteer with organizations around the state. He taught boating and seamanship with the Penobscot Bay Power Squadron. He and Anne were avid outdoor enthusiasts, biking, hiking, canoeing, and skiing with family and friends. He was grateful to his friends who he continued to go on bicycle trips with after Anne's passing. Jay was an active member of the Orono Land Trust volunteering in the field as well as serving on several committees and as its president.
Jay enjoyed people and will be remembered for his support and kindness.
Jay is survived by his son, Doug Johnson and wife, Jo Finley; his son, Scott Johnson and wife, Jane Barron; his son, Gordon Sylvan Johnson and wife, Eileen Sylvan Johnson; and granddaughters, Kristina and Cat Sylvan Johnson. Jay was predeceased by his wife, Anne, and his sister, Mary Hargens.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to the Orono Land Trust in Jay's memory.
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