Terrence Johnson

Obituary of Terrence Wade Johnson

April 21, 1949 - Kipling, Saskatchewan

July 19, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta


Terrence “Terry" Wade Johnson, a loving husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, and a respected figure in the world of business, passed away suddenly on July 19, 2023, at the age of 74.


Born on April 21, 1949, in Kipling, Saskatchewan, Terry's life was a testament to the values of hard work, family, and a passion for life. During his early years, Terry grew up on a farm in Kipling. In his teenage years, his family relocated to Whitewood, SK, where he attended high school. It was during this time that he formed strong and lasting friendships, and these bonds remained an integral part of his core group of friends throughout his life. Their meaningful connection was highlighted by a recent reunion on Vancouver Island earlier this month, where they were all fortunate enough to come together once again, cherishing the memories they had created over the years.


Terry's educational journey led him to the University of Regina, where he graduated in 1972 with degrees in Business Administration and Arts, laying the foundation for a remarkable career. He began his professional path at the Co-operators, where his loyalty and dedication to the company endured through various acquisitions, leading to the establishment of CDSL and eventually CGI. He reached the esteemed position of Senior Vice President before retiring in 2005, leaving behind a lasting impact on the organization and his colleagues.


Terry's involvement in building the business over the years was deeply appreciated, and his contributions were recognized with a prestigious "Builders Award" bestowed upon him by the company's founders. This award symbolized the profound impact Terry had on shaping the company's success and his dedication to its growth and prosperity.


In 1976, Terry married the love of his life, Sandra Johnson (nee Vinek), in Regina, SK. Together, they built a life filled with love, laughter, and a deep commitment to their family. Terry and Sandra were blessed with two children, Kimberly and Garett, who brought immense joy to their lives.


Terry's career eventually brought the family to Calgary, AB, in 1999, where they all established their home and reside today. He enjoyed his time in Calgary and embraced the community as his own. Terry was known to be a passionate fan, and whether he cheered for the Riders or the Stampeders, his love for sports was evident.


As a father, Terry was a pillar of support, always encouraging his children in their pursuits and providing unconditional love. He took great pride in watching Kimberly and Garett grow into accomplished individuals with their own families. Kimberly and her husband, Ryan, were blessed with three children: Kier, Elena, and Ewan, while Garett and his wife, Hilary, are parents to Arthur and Bethany. Terry found immeasurable joy in being a doting grandfather, cherishing every moment spent with his grandchildren.


Beyond his professional achievements and family life, Terry was a man of hobbies and passions. He loved reading western books, a true cowboy at heart. He was an avid golfer, a skilled card player, and enjoyed engaging in various games, always adding a dose of friendly competition to any gathering. To maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, he loved walking, cycling, and a friendly game of Ping Pong, staying vibrant and energetic throughout the years.


Throughout Terry's life, he formed many strong and lasting friendships with people from all walks of life. His warm and welcoming nature made him a magnet for those seeking companionship, and he cherished the connections he made over the years.


In 2011, Terry and Sandra purchased a house in Arizona, where they spent their winters, basking in the warm sunshine and making many additional friends from all over. Their time in Arizona was filled with laughter, shared experiences, and a sense of community that touched their hearts deeply.


Terry is survived by his loving wife, Sandra; children, Kimberly (Ryan) and Garett (Hilary); grandchildren, Kier, Elena, Ewan, Arthur, and Bethany; and his many brothers and sisters-in-law: Lynne, Ilien, John & Rose, Wayne, Doreen & Wally, and numerous nieces, and nephews.


Terry was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Leta, and his brother, Lynden, whose memory he cherished deeply. Terry's legacy lives on through the memories he created with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his warm heart, infectious laughter, and his ability to bring people together. His presence will be deeply missed, but his love and guidance will forever be treasured.


In Lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to:


Alberta Children’s Hospital



Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids



KidSport Calgary



A Celebration of Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street SE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 2:00PM.  Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.


Although black is more traditional, Terry preferred colour. The family would welcome colourful attire.


Please send special stories and photos to the email address: memoriesofterry23@gmail.com Please indicate if you would prefer this to be shared during the Celebration of Life or privately with the family.


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In loving memory of Terry Johnson, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.


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