TAFTSVILLE — A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodstock for Philip M. Johnson, 74, of Burlington formerly of Taftsville, who died on Aug. 19 at Fletcher Allen Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. Committal services will be held privately.
Philip “Phil” was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Feb. 22, 1940, son of Philip E. and Catherine (Martin) Johnson.
Phil is survived by his devoted and caring wife Sara ‘Sally’ Dana.
Phil was predeceased by his loving wife, Carolyn Moxley Johnson. They lived for many years in the ‘Taftsville Teahouse’ across from the covered bridge in Taftsville. In 2007 Phil retired from legal practice and he and Carolyn moved to Burlington where they enjoyed life on Lake Champlain.
Phil is survived by his adoring stepchildren; Jerri Benjamin, Jennifer Brown, James Ellis and Jill Dole, their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Phil is also survived by his brothers-in-law Robert, Dale and Steven Moxley, their wives, children and grandchildren. Phil also leaves his daughters, Jennifer Calder, Melissa Johnson Wilson, their spouses, and children.
Phil was a graduate of Lawrence Academy, Groton, Massachusetts, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, and Union University Albany Law School, in Albany, New York and the National College of Trial Advocacy.
Phil practiced law in the Woodstock area for more than 35 years. He had an unwavering sense of commitment and loyalty to his law clients and their concerns. During his legal practice Phil served as the acting District Court Judge in White River, Jct; as a judge of the Moot Court trial and appellate competitions at the Vermont Law School. On numerous occasions Phil was appointed by the Vermont Supreme Court and litigating attorneys to serve as the Judicial Officer in binding arbitration hearings and trials.
During his years in Woodstock Phil was active in local organizations and boards. He served for many years as Woodstock Town Moderator; a member of the Woodstock Zoning Board; Village Moderator; a member of the Woodstock Town Planning Commission; a member of the Woodstock Town Finance Committee; a member of and President of the Ottauquechee Health Center, a member and chairman of the Woodstock Union High School Board of School Directors; a member and president for the Woodstock Rotary Club; and was selected Rotarian of the Year by his fellow Rotarians and was the Recipient of a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. He was a member of the New York and Vermont Bar Associates.
Phil had a deep affection for his extended family, community, and friends. He had a sincere sense of giving back and assisting all to the best of his ability.
Phil will be missed by all and will never be forgotten.
Funeral arrangements are by Cabot Funeral Directors, Woodstock, Vermont. Guest book available at cabotfh.com
This obituary first appeared in the August 28, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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