August 22, 1914 ~ August 31, 2007
A long-time resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on August 31 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Bernadette. Raised in El Paso, Texas, in 1914, he migrated to Los Angeles in the teeth of the Great Depression and worked at North American Aviation through World War II. In the early 1950s, he found his perfect career niche in real estate, and went to work for Howard Towle, the first resident of PVE. When Mr. Towle retired, Tom bought the business, opened his own office in that location, and firmly established his place in the PV community as a member of numerous civic, social, and professional organizations, including the Board of Realtors, where he served two terms as President, the Kiwanis Club of PVE, the PV Golf Club, and many more. Most impressive to everyone he met were his integrity, unerring sense of humor, love of life, and loyalty to his friends. All the time, he helped hundreds of people find their ideal home to settle into and put down roots in the PV community. He continued to work part-time into 2007. Tom is survived by his son, Thomas S. Johnson, Ph.D., and generations of people touched by his wit, consideration, and commitment to others.
Visitation will be held Friday evening, September 7, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Funeral Servcies will be held Saturday, September 8 at 11 AM with a Reception following at Rice Mortuary.
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