Sherwood ‘‘Pete’’ Johnson
Sherwood ”Pete” Johnson went home to the Lord on Dec. 25, 2012. He had been briefly hospitalized at Medical Center in Stuart, Fla.
He was born in Jamestown, N.Y., on July 16, 1944, to Harry and Virginia Wright Johnson. He was raised of the Methodist faith.
A lifelong native of Frewsburg and Lakewood, he lived in Chautauqua County until 2008, when he retired to Hobe Sound, Fla., with his wife, Lorraine.
Pete was a five-year veteran during the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Zellers. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and belonged to the Lakewood Legion and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
After working at Marlin Rockwell Corporation in his earliest years, Pete made a career in serving people. From 1971-1975, he was food and beverage manager at Zem Zem Temple in Erie, Pa. Upon leaving Zem Zem, he took on the title of club steward of American Legion Post 1286, in Lake-wood, N.Y., serving in that position for 12 years until 1987. His love of people and cooking led him to Mayville, N.Y., for the next five years, where he and his wife, Lorraine, owned and operated The Bench restaurant.
From 1992 to 2008 Pete, along with his wife, worked at Chautauqua Institution in the capacity of manager/head chef at Bellinger Hall. Pete also served as executive chef to the presidents of the Institute. During this time, he was privileged to cater to famous stars, honorable dignitaries, religious leaders, including, but not limited to President Clinton, White House staff and the Secret Service.
During part of this tenure, he and his wife, Lorraine, managed and operat-ed their “original creation” The Season Ticket Restaurant, also on the grounds of the Institute.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Lorraine of Hobe Sound, Florida; two children: Regina (Joe) Gerace of Jamestown, N.Y., and Rodney (Nicole) Johnson of Martinsville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; Andrew Gorman of Corpus Christi, Texas; Thomas, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jacob, Michael and Mary Gerace of Jamestown, N.Y; and Karis Blythe and Jade Johnson of Martinsville, Ind. He also leaves behind a sister, Sharon Murray of Ashville, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Virginia Johnson; his maternal grandparents, Calvin and Ida Wright; and his father-in-law and best friend, Lorry Piazza.
He loved nature and the outdoors. Pete said he wanted to savor every mo-ment of daylight and the awesomeness of his creator. He spent any spare time tending to, and beautifying his many gardens. From planting seeds, to casting poles, to feeding birds, “Papa Pete,” as he was known by his grandchildren, taught of compassion and nature. His memory will be treasured by his wife and soul mate, Lorraine, children and grandchildren who he adored. He found joy in his time with each and every one of them. Pete had a love of life, faith and family, and a sense of humor that warmed the hearts of anyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
A celebration of Pete’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Zion Covenant Church, Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown, N.Y. The Rev. Steve Kilburn, pastor, will officiate. The American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 will also conduct a military service.
The family will be present to receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral service.
Condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.hubertfuneralhome. com.