Hugh Johnson

  • Born: November 4, 1936
  • Died: February 13, 2018
  • Location: Londonderry, New Hampshire

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family

HAVERHILL - Hugh Johnson, 81, of Londonderry, NH, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Hugh was born on November 4, 1936 in Newton, NH, son of Edgar and Ellen (Soraghan) Johnson. He graduated from Haverhill High School, class of 1953 and attended Northeastern and Suffolk University attaining his Master's Degree in Education.

His career ranged from teacher and assistant principal at the Pinkerton Academy, Salem High School and Alvirne High School. He also coached football during his tenure at Pinkerton Academy and Salem High. In addition to his passion for education and football, Hugh was an avid outdoorsman. He will be greatly missed.

Hugh's surviving family members include his loving wife Karen of Londonderry, NH; children Rafe Johnson and wife Angela of Louisville, KY, Lenan Hager and husband Guy of Mt. Vernon, OH and Robin Ruth of New Durham, NH; sister Claire; predeceased by his siblings Nedra, Maxine and Sally Ann.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 18, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Private funeral services will be held Monday. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. For guestbook, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so saddened to hear of Hugh's passing. I have many happy memories of my time at Pinkerton Academy when he taught U.S. History and coached the football team. He was my teacher but also a mentor to my group of fellow classmates, who he affectionately dubbed "the Mafia." I will always remember him fondly as a friend. My condolences to your family. 8/23/2018

Posted by Denise Olivier Burke - Portland, OR, OR - Student   August 23, 2018

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Johnson. I have often thought of my years at Alvirne and the many conversations we shared. He was firm, while fair and always ready to listen and offer advice. My condolences to Mrs. Johnson, and your family.

Posted by Angela Castle/Turmel - Hudson, NH - Student   February 20, 2018

So sorry for your loss Karen and Family

Posted by John Shaw - Henderson, NV   February 20, 2018

Sincere condolences to your family. You were a great man and honored to have known you. RIP Mr Johnson.

Posted by Maureen Hughes - San Diego, CA - Student   February 19, 2018

R.I.P Mr. Johnson, thank you so much for all talks, you inspired me to be better, and most importantly you made me believe I could be better.

Posted by Chuck Whitten - Litchfield, NH - Student   February 19, 2018

My condolences. I was a student at Alvirne High School class of 1990. I went through some difficult times. He was firm but very understanding. He was a well respected, good man. Rest in peace Mr. J. ♥

Posted by Rebecca Patenaude - Henniker, NH - Student   February 19, 2018


He was a great man! I was a student @ Alvirne High School from 1981 to 1984. Though he was tough, he was fair...
When my parents separated, he was so understanding! Thank-You Mr Johnson, you will be greatly missed!

Posted by Tania Mather-Lees - Rye, NH - Student   February 19, 2018

My sincere condolences. I have nothing but fond memories of Mr Johnson. Class of 90, Alvirne.

Posted by Patricia Eastman - Merrimack, NH - Student   February 19, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. Let me tell you that had Mr Johnson not been my VP at Alvirne HS, I would not be the person I am today. Loved the man he was and what he taught us as students. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. Kelly Fisher -Alvirne HS class of 1985

Posted by Kelly Fisher - South Pasadena, FL - Student   February 19, 2018

My sincere condolences to Mrs. Johnson and the entire Johnson family. He was one of the nicest people I knew and was the Assistant Principal at my high school. He was well respected by the student body, but more than that, he was fair to everyone.

Rest in peace, Mr. Johnson.

Posted by Paul Robinson - Merrmack, NH - Student   February 19, 2018

He was a good man. I got to know him well and respected him so much. I have thought about him quite a lot over the years. RIP Mr. J ❤

Posted by Danielle Chevalier - Las Vegas, NV - Student   February 19, 2018

My Sincere Condolences to the family of Hugh Johnson! The Coach was an Awesome Gentleman!

Posted by Tim McCarthy - Salem, NH - Student   February 19, 2018

My sincere condolences to Mrs Johnson & the entire Johnson Family. Mr. Johnson was a wonderful man.

Posted by Michelle Noble-Doucette - Manchester, NH - Student   February 19, 2018

Mr.Johnson was and excellent educator and principal. Tough yet fair. On a personal level he played football with my uncle John DeLuca @ Haverhill High. They were in the same class. My condolences to the family. Rest easy Mr. Johnson.

Posted by John Tastula - New Port Richey, FL - Student   February 18, 2018


I am saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Ann Zinis Cummings - Manchester, NH - Student   February 18, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of (as I knew him) Mr Johnson.
He was the Vice Principal at Alvirne during my high school years and left me with wonderful memories and life lessons. He was a kind and caring trustworthy man who listened whole heartedly. I gave him a run for his money, and he challenged me to be better. He made a difference ❤

Posted by Kathleen MacQueen - Hudson, NH - Student   February 18, 2018

You touched many lives. As an assistant principle you were fair but firm and treated students fairly. Much respect to you. RIP Hugh!

Posted by Rhett Sibins - Manchester, NH - Student   February 18, 2018

Mr Johnson was my Principle i am sorry for your loss he was an awsome man who will be missed

Posted by shawn gannon - bridgton, ME - Student   February 18, 2018

You were a kind man. Thank you for everything. Rest easy.

Posted by Kristie Tello - Littleton, MA - Student   February 18, 2018


I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was assistant principle at Alvirne HS when I attended. He was a fair and good man. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Kristy West (Brooks) - Hudson, NH - Student   February 18, 2018

A kind hearted man who knew what his priorities were. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Nelson Dionne - Hudson, NH - Coworker   February 18, 2018

Rafe, my thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Posted by Carolyn Kleinschmidt - Louisville, KY - Friend   February 18, 2018

Karen and family,
So sorry for your loss. May happy memories take over the sadness you feel today,
Our condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Bill and Lois Dugan - Londonderry, NH   February 18, 2018


You led the Salem High Blue Devils to peak performance giving the cheerleaders something to cheer about. Thank you so much for your dedication to our football team and for making a difference in so many of our lives. Jo Ann Holt (now, Offutt), Salem High School, Class of 1971.

Posted by Jo Ann Offutt - Kansas City, MO - Student   February 17, 2018

My sincere condolences to Coach Johnson's family. He was a great coach, but even a better mentor. I was a real "screw up" back in 1968-72 while playing for him at Salem but he put up with my antics. Like the time I was supposed to wash a teachers' car for "Slave Day" but blew its transmission leaving rubber in the high school parking lot - well, it was Maz & Murray too. That's one of many, many incidents he had to deal with, and deal with it he did in a reasonable, fatherly "old school" way. I admire him now for putting up with it (and us).
We stayed in touch over the decades and, looking back, he had a tremendous impact on my life which carried over to my time as an assistant high school football coach here in northern CA. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Paul McCarthy - Elk, CA - Friend   February 17, 2018

Thank you seems inadequate for the valuable lessons you taught me that have stayed with me for my entire life. I may have forgotten my American History (sorry Coach) but the things I learned from you on the field of play, teamwork, perseverance, fair play, those are life lesson I will never forget. I am also grateful for the friendship you gave to my dad, it meant the world to him to have such a good friend. The mark or legacy that a teacher or coach leaves behind cannot usually be seen or touched. It is not cast in stone. It can be heard in the many voices of the students and players influenced by the lessons you taught them. Thank you Coach.

Posted by Al Centner - Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA - Student   February 17, 2018

you have been a good friend over these many years...such a blessing. holding you, karen and your family in my thoughts.

Posted by donna troisi - washington, DC   February 17, 2018

RIP Hugh! You were a good man. Rafe, and Family: Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Scott Green - Salem, NH - Student   February 17, 2018

I enjoyed playing for Hugh during my high school years at Salem High. A true mentor for many as he truly believed in hard work that leads to excellence. Everyone that played for him is a better person for it.

Posted by Mike Piwowarski - Northfield, VT - Student   February 17, 2018

I played for Hugh for a number of years at Salem High. He pushed his players to be the best they could be. He taught us all to be winners.

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2018

so sad to hear were a big influence in my life and will be forever grateful for pushing me to be better than I thought possible. I have had the opportunity to pass down a lot of what I learned from you to others .many great memories on and off the field.

Posted by keith dearden - salem, NH - Friend   February 16, 2018

From a fellow Hertz driver who had the pleasure of getting to know you, may you rest in peace in the Lord's presence

Posted by Ernie Guimond - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 16, 2018

Hugh, sorry I can't be there to send you off. You were truly one of the best friends I ever had and along with my mother, father and wife, you were a tremendous influence on my life. You and I went through so much together and I have so many memories and stories about you that I will never forget. When I think of these memories, I feel happiness and sadness. You did so much for me and my career that I could never really thank you enough. Rest in peace, my friend and may God hold you in the palm of his hands.
Lee Richard

Posted by Lee & Linda Richard - Merrimack, NH - Friend   February 16, 2018

You were the kindest and most thoughtful friend anyone could hope to have for the wonderful time we have known you. Elvio and I will truly never forget what a special person you were in our life. Rest In Peace , dear friend, We will truly miss you......Elvio & Charlotte Delise

Posted by Elvio & Charlotte Delise - Londondery, NH - friend   February 15, 2018

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Community Photos

1967 salem High School
With coach Sanders and Coons at Salem High School , 1969
1972 Blue Devils
Lawrence eagle tribune team photo, September 26, 1969