It is with great sadness that I tell you that Andrew passed away at 10.30pm on Wednesday 7 October, at home surrounded by his family, after suffering from cancer for a year, which he bore with great dignity and bravery.
A successful businessman and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Andrew was an inspirational action man. Over the years he has been an oarsman, rowing coach, racing sailor, rally driver, parascending instructor, potholer, scout leader and rugby player.
During his amazing life, he inspired countless numbers of young people to be adventurous, particularly in the world of rowing, where he taught numerous people to row and coached them to achieve their very best in the sport. He also served on the Board of British Rowing for many years.
They will all remember him with fondness for the rest of their lives, as will his many friends and colleagues.
The Johnson family became close friends with my family through the Furniture Makers. He inspired Kate, our eldest daughter, to take up sailing after she joined him in Dartmouth for a day out on his beloved yacht, ‘Blue Rhapsody’. This was typical of Andrew, to recognise a talent, and Kate fast became a regular crew member, and now we can’t keep her off the water.
Andrew made many friends at The Furniture Makers’ Company and took part in many events and Masters’ outings. He shared our ideals and was always ready to lend a hand. He was a quietly spoken, considerate man with a wicked sense of humour, always fun and good company.
Debbie would like to thank everyone from the livery who sent messages of support over the past 11 months. Every kind act and word has been greatly appreciated and helped more than she can say.
Our sincere condolences to Debbie and her family who know that they are in our thoughts and that we are here to support them.