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JOHANSON – E.R. (Jo Hanson)

December 9, 1928 – September 19, 2009

Johanson, E.R. “Jo” passed away at Rockyview hospital on Saturday 19 September 2009 at the age of 80. He was predeceased by his brother Fred and Fred’s wife Elsie and his former wife and lifelong friend Bonnie Cook Barber. He is survived by his brother Carl and his sister in law Leslie of Natick MA. Jo was born at Booth Memorial Hospital in New York City. Prior to his professional music career, Jo was a dental hygienist in the US Air Force. When the officials discovered his ability to entertain, he became part of the USO shows for the military and traveled overseas entertaining the troops. He moved to Calgary in 1973 and enjoyed careers in communications at Mount Royal College, advertising for CFCN radio and television and continued his career as a professional musician.

Over the past three years Jo made new friends with the staff at Foothills and Rockyview hospitals as well as Wentworth Manor. We recognize their kindness and care. Thank you all. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donation may be made to the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation, 732 W Chestermere Dr., Chestermere AB, T1X1B5.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Jo Johanson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Dear Carl,

    For years and years Jo has talked with me about how lucky he was to have you for a brother.

    Each time you got in touch with him he would call me – all excited – and tell me how you made his day and how terrific he felt.

    When Jo (he didn’t let us call him Ernie) was in Wentworth he sent me out to find a green garnet ring for him to give you as a present.

    It had to be a garnet. It had to be green. I don’t know why.

    We were not able to make it happen, but just so you know.

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your adorable baby brother and wish you peace and blessings.

    Dawna Roskies

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  2. My deepest sympathy in your loss of dear Jo, may you find comfort in each other’s arms. Jo, we will hold your precious spirit and beautiful music in our hearts forever.


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  3. Frank McKitrick :

    To the family of Jo:

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of a truly fine musician. In my role as the director for many years of the downtown Rotary shows, I was amazed at how Jo would consistently find ways to enhance the productions with his talent at the piano. It was an honour to call him my musical colleague.

    Frank McKitrick, organist
    Knox United Church

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