August 30, 2013

Dare Commissioner Richard Johnson dies at 59


Richard Johnson, vice-chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 29, at his home in Manteo.

Johnson had been battling cancer for some time.

He was the longest serving member of the current board.  He was first elected in 1996 and was re-elected last November.  He was one of three Republicans on the board, and was elected vice-chairman last December.

“The Board of Commissioners and Dare County employees are deeply saddened by the death of Vice-Chairman Richard Johnson on August 29, 2013,” according to a media release today from Dare County.  “In recent months, Commissioner Johnson bravely battled cancer while continuing his distinguished record of public service.”

Chairman Warren Judge remembers, “Richard was a principled and outspoken leader who was never afraid to ask the difficult questions or take a stand for what he believed.  By his words, example, and character, Commissioner Johnson earned everyone’s respect and our Board fondly remembers his legacy of wisdom, humor, and love of family.”

The Dare County release notes that he “generously shared his experience and worked vigorously for the betterment of his community through his service on many boards and committees, including the Albemarle Commission, Dare County Airport Authority, COA Board of Trustees, Government Education Access Channels Committee, and many others.”

Judge added, “Commissioner Johnson will long be remembered as a caring father, a supportive husband, and a dedicated public servant whose life and legacy made a difference in many lives.”

 Johnson is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and two sons, Rich and Chad.

A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. at Manteo Baptist Church.  Twiford’s Funeral Home in Manteo is in charge of arrangements.

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