JOHNSON, Alfred

Alfred graduated from New Glasgow High School in NS where he excelled in track, rugger, hockey, baseball and softball. In 1941 he joined the RCAF and over the next few years he served at the Manning Depot in Toronto; at Centralia; Fingal; Eglington ITS; Trenton for PT&DI Course No 8 ( F/Sgt George Nick was chief PT Instructor and F/Sgt Mackernan was the drill instructor); and No 1Y Depot Halifax. 1944-45 found him with the Eastern Air Cadet Training Wing; 501 PHU; 10 BR Gander and Torbay NL.

On 15 June 1944, he took time out marry Bette at St. John's United ChurcText Box:     L-R: F/L John Arnett (my brother in law-best man. Tour with 407 Sqn/ Transport Command/Air Canada); Myself; My Bride Cpl Elizabeth Bette (Stevens) Johnson; Cpl Doris Stevens (sister of bride)  h, Halifax with F/L D.M. MacIntosh – padre,  officiating.  Alfred was discharged from the RCAF on 3 Jan 1946 in Dartmouth and began teaching PEd at numerous schools in Halifax. In Sep 1954 he was promoted to Athletic Director of QEHS in Halifax.  From 1958-59 he took a leave of absence and attended the University of Maine, then returned to QEHS. In 1960 he moved to Mount Hill HS in Montreal and taught PE; History; NA2 and guidance. Eventually, in 1963 he was appointed Head of Guidance at Northmount HS. During the period 1964 –1983 he was the Principal of Westbrook Elementary HS; Vice-Principal of Wagar HS (had his first heart attack); Vice-Principal of Westmount HS; Principal of St Laurent and Outremont HS; Asst Director of Instructional Services and in 1983 after his second heart attack, he retired after 38 years of service in the school system. 

Over the years, Bette and I loved to dance and took every opportunity to do so....even down in the den. When Don Messer came to Halifax I usually ended up as the "caller". The Buchta dancers on his TV show were all students of mine and had started their dancing in Elementary and HS PE classes. Gunter Buchta was a Hungarian immigrant who taught ballroom dancing at the Conservatory of Music and who learned the basics from "you know who". We have a son Roy (deceased) two daughters, Isabel and Stephanie, five Grandchildren Michael, Kristian, Melissa. Ian and Vanessa and three Great grandchildren Taylor, Aidan and Madeline.