David Scott Johnson

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August 6, 1945 ~ May 12, 2020

Born in: Jamestown, NY
Resided in: Spencerport, NY

David Scott Johnson “SJ”, “Scott”, “Mr. J”

Spencerport, NY:  Scott passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at age 74 and went home to be with his parents, Albert and Rita (Becker) Johnson and his brother, Mark Johnson.  He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Judith M. Johnson; his devoted children, Amy (John) Walton, Todd Johnson, Nancy (Lee) Piraino and Diana (Mike) Smith; his pride and joys, grandchildren, Ella, Jack and Henry Walton, Annalise and Sofia Piraino, and Spenser McNamara; his sister, Beth (David) Reid; and many loving friends.

Scott graduated from Jamestown High School in 1963, he was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served on the USS Cromwell DE-1014 as a Sonar Technician.  He went on to receive his MS in Physical Education at Brockport State.  He retired from Spencerport School District in 2001 after 29 years at Munn School as a physical education teacher; coached the varsity girls swim team 1984-2000, varsity boys golf 1988-2001 where in 1997 the boys golf team went undefeated and was named as New York State Public High School Athletic Association Team Scholar-Athlete State Champions;  JV girls softball coach, 1978-1982, JV boys swim coach 1980-2000, JV boys golf coach 1983-1987, athletic events supervisor 1978-2002 and athletic equipment manager 2001-2006.  One of his proudest moments was being inducted in the Spencerport Central Schools “Rangers” Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Scott was a member of Ferris Goodrich American Legion Post 330, served for many years as the swim director and pool supervisor for the town of Ogden recreation and loved his work family as well as spending his breakfast time at the diner with his “fellas”.  He was a long-time Buffalo Bills fan and a season ticket holder for over 15 years and enjoyed playing golf.

The family would like to thank all of Scott’s colleagues, students and friends for the love and support given to Scott and the family. He will be most remembered for his enthusiasm and humor, wearing shorts no matter what the weather was, his devotion to his family and his love for all.

Scott’s celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Scott Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Rd Rochester, NY 14626 in his memory. For updated service information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in David Scott Johnson 's name.

Scott Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Memories Timeline


    • Mr. Johnson gave me my first job as a lifeguard and assistant coached our swim team. He was also my gym teacher in elementary school. I’m now 44. When I posted his passing on my timeline, it was incredible to see all the swim team members from back in the day share their thoughts — and we all said the same thing. You don’t find a nicer, more dedicated guy than Mr. Johnson. He cared about his career and the kids. We are so grateful to have had such a positive person in our path through our school years.

  1. So sorry for your loss. I taught with Scott at Munn School. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    • I had Mr. Johnson and Ms. Rogers for PE. I remember vividly him teaching us in kindergarten how to wipe off with a towel after we showered. Why I remember that I have no idea. My other found memories was square dancing, and field day. FOREVER MEMORIES.
      RIP…….. I also love seeing some of our former teachers on here.

  2. Will miss his humor and wit, storytelling about our adventures while in the Navy.

  3. Taught with Scott and he taught my own children, too! Appreciate his enthusiasm and dedication along with his humor! God bless all of you!

  4. With our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
    All our love, Julie and Frank Baggiano

  5. My condolences to the Johnson family. Mr. Johnson was my elementary school gym teacher from 1987-94. He was always such a kind person and a big reason I eventually pursued a career in athletics. He made gym a lot of fun, even when some of the units weren’t as much fun. An episode of The Goldbergs was on last night, where Coach Mellor is mad at Adam for cheating on the mile run. He tells Adam, “The real reason I do this job is to help kids who hate gym believe in themselves.” That is a good way to describe what Mr. Johnson tried to do.

  6. So many memories and such good to say about Scott. His help and guidance through some very tough times, as a single mother. His support and caring for myself and my three sons is priceless.

    My best to his family at this time of sadness .

  7. Judy and Family,

    Please accept our condolences for the passing of Scott. He contributed to the overall success of the Spencerport Rangers athletic and physical education program. He and Steve had some great swim teams.

    Ron and Anne Broadbent

  8. Best swim coach! He was always there for me…taught me to be myself, be strong, and be caring. Inspired me to become a teacher! He will be missed.😢❤️

  9. Judy and family,

    Scott was a colleague of ours at Spencerport Central. Always a kind and wise mentor to students and friend to all. He touched many lives. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. He will be greatly missed.

    Bill and Donna Wolf

  10. He had me do front hand springs of the horse in PE class when everyone else was just jumping up and kneeling on the horse. And so many years later of not seeing me, he still remembered. Rest in peace.

  11. Very sorry for your loss. Very much loved spending time with Scott and Judy and the whole family (Diana, Nancy, Todd and Amy). Especially remember those times when the family came to Toronto and we visited one of Scott’s favourite place, The Lobster Trap.
    Fond memories will always be treasured.

  12. To the best gym teacher and swim coach anyone could have. RIP Mr J… Thanks for everything you did for me and many others.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss!
    Scott was my kids gym teacher at Munn. I remember the take the mom’s to the school dance and Scott with his big friendly smile.

    Later on he worked for my son-in-law at Long Pond Auto parts. It was so nice to see him again after all those years with the same friendly personality.
    May he rest in peace!

  14. So sorry for Scott’s family, and wife Judy, for whom I was friends with for many years. MY kids had him for a teacher at Munn also. He was a great guy and had such a good sense of humor!!

  15. Mr. Johnson was my PE teacher as an elementary student. He was such a positive male role model and a huge influence in my life. Mr. Johnson helped inspire in me a love of athletics and sports. I remember the runs around the Munn school fields and climbing those ropes in class. I would always volunteer to help Mr. Johnson put away the equipment after class. He was truly an amazing influence in my life, so much so, that I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 27 years. Thank you Mr. Johnson, you are and were truly admired and loved.

  16. As a former Munn Student, he was one of best physical education teachers growing up. Was always making it fun, cracking jokes, and making it enjoyable for everyone! My parents also knew him. My father and I did some continuous landscape work on his yard years ago. Such a great man, may he Rest In Peace. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family.

  17. My Dear Beth, so sorry to hear of the loose of your brother please send my best to the family. Please call me , we need to catch up 828 200 9891

  18. Doug and Louise Carlson
    Scott and I (Doug) grew up together. We’ve known each other since we were eight years old and have remained in touch and talked regularly all these years. Too much of a history between us to try to put into words. I will miss him greatly. Rest in peace my good friend. I will remember you always.

  19. Sad to hear. 74 is so young, but at least he was able to enjoy a long retirement and spoil his grandkids. He had a great laugh, just like Uncle Al, and was a big tease when we were growing up. Sympathy to all in his inner circle. RIP

  20. Mr. Johnson was a great swim coach and boss as I taught swimming lessons under him. My prayers go out to his family.

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