Waterbury – Gordon V. “Corky” Johnson, native of Waterbury, died at Masonicare in Wallingford after a long, extended illness. Gordon was born in Waterbury on September 15, 1933, son of the late Walter and Lillian (Chase) Johnson.
Gordon attended Leavenworth High School then joined the U.S. Navy serving from 1951 to 1955 with honorable discharge. He became a Waterbury police officer in 1956. On November 23, 1966 he was assigned as Detective within the youth division and as a member of the arson squad within the investigative bureau. He was sworn in as sergeant on August 1, 1973. Gordon assisted in the implementing neighborhood watch program and subsequently directing and coordinating the activities of neighborhood groups and associations in crime prevention efforts. He retired in 1982 as Sergeant.
Gordon was the loving husband of Janet Marti for 27 years. He was predeceased by his first wife Vita, mother of his three children; also predeceased by his second wife, Marie Attorratta Johnson. He leaves his wife; his three children, Gary and his wife Sue of Wolcott, Gail, and Greg both of Waterbury; eight grandchildren, Gary, Steven, Lauren, Jessica, John, Corban, Blair, and Logan; four great grandchildren, Jordan, Justin, Lexi, and Aaron. He also leaves five step children; nine step grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one stepson, Walter B. Nelson.
He enjoyed taking care of his yard and flowers, and going to the Cape and Clinton Beach. He loved his home in Barefoot Bay, Florida where he resided for 11 years. In his younger days he enjoyed skiing, baseball and basketball.
Gordon wishes were to have no services, burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Out of service, 120 Badge, gone to be with his good friend, Phil Langdo.