Recommend this to your friends.

James "Cliff" Johnson

Thursday, October 9th, 1941 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for James "Cliff"


James “Cliff” Johnson, 78, passed away May 16th at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY.

Born and educated in Schenectady, Cliff was the son of the late Bertram and Mary Ann (Kelly) Johnson and a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School.

A veteran of both the United States Army and the United States Navy, Cliff worked in HVAC for the Siemen Company in Schenectady, NY for many years.

A member of the HVAC union, Cliff enjoyed spending his time with family and friends and could always be found working around his house or in his yard. He enjoyed road trips and really loved being a grandpa.

Predeceased in 2009 by his beloved wife Mary Lou (Cupo) Johnson and by his canine companion Lexi, Cliff is survived by his children, James Johnson (Lucy) of Scotia, Jason Johnson (Jill) of Florida and Julie Johnson of Scotia, his sisters, Judy DeSantis and Margaret Hurd, his 10 grandchildren,2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a celebration of life will be held in July.

Interment will take place on Thursday May 21st at 11 am at Schenectady Memorial Park in Rotterdam, NY.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital ,262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Schenectady Memorial Park
    Giffords Church Road
    Rotterdam, NY
    Thursday, May 21st, 2020
  • Interment

    Schenectady Memorial Park
    Giffords Church Road
    Rotterdam , NY

Condolences & Tributes

Private Condolence?
Would you like to attach a photo to your condolence?

No video recorded.

Provide comfort for the family of James "Cliff" Johnson by sending flowers.
Hand delivered by a local florist
Provide comfort for the family of James "Cliff" Johnson by sending flowers.
Hand delivered by a local florist

Jerry Wilson

Oh my !!! So very sorry to read of the loss of my old next door neighbor on Guilderland Ave. He took me squirrel hunting when I was about 12 years old and readied me for Naval boot camp back in 1976. Cliff and Mary Lou were just GREAT people !!! I will truly miss them both !!!
Comment | Posted at 01:19pm via Condolence

Linda Collins

Sorry to her about your brother's passing. He was such a good person and I will always remember him for his kindness growing up. The Arthur St. gang.
What good memories I have growing up there. I'm sure you will miss him.
We lost our brother John in April this year. I glad I had the chance to keep in touch and I'm sorry for your loss. May God bless you all.
Love, Linda Collins (Masotti) Now living in Texas.

Comment | Posted at 12:32pm via Condolence

Alice Ryan

I was so sorry to hear of Cliff's passing. We were all hoping and praying for his recovery. He has dear friends who will miss him very much. My condolences to all of his family.
Comment | Posted at 08:55pm via Condolence

Kent Schiemer

Judy & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Kent & Valerie
Comment | Posted at 07:16am via Condolence

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of James "Cliff" Johnson with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Why light a candle?

This is why you should light a candle..

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances Book Of Memories. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of James "Cliff" Johnson, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of James "Cliff" Johnson.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

James "Cliff"'s Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

James "Cliff"'s Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Share by: