June 30, 1932 – Nov. 27, 2012
William A. Johnson, chief executive officer of Johnson Fastener and former football coach at Canisius High School, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his Hamburg home. He was 80.
Mr. Johnson attended Mount St. Joseph Academy and was a 1950 graduate of Canisius High School. He attended Bowling Green University and graduated from the University of Buffalo.
He became the chief executive officer of Johnson Fastener, the industrial supply firm founded by his father, in 1956, remaining at the helm until his death.
Mr. Johnson also was a football coach for 32 years at Canisius High School. He coached junior varsity from 1952 to 1973, except for a three-year stint while he was in the U.S. Army, where he was a specialist in Germany. He became assistant varsity coach in 1973 and was named varsity coach five years later.
He was the recipient of the John Barnes Award in 1964, an award given to a Canisius alumnus for his outstanding contribution to athletics at the school. He also was inducted into the Canisius High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Mr. Johnson enjoyed racing sailboats and remained an avid sailor throughout his life. He participated in many regattas, winning the Mayor’s Cup and other races, and was given the Jim Rhoades Award in 1994 for his dedication to the sport of sailing and encouraging and developing the Corinthian spirit of yachting.
He was a member and past commodore of the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club and a member of Brierwood Country Club. He also enjoyed traveling to the Bahamas and Antigua.
Survivors include his wife, Judy; four daughters, Nancy Szymoniak, Eileen Sciarra, Carol Boyle and Mary Ellen Munschauer; two sons, Peter and Paul; two stepdaughters, Erin Ciurzynski and Kerry Katz; and a brother, Edward.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg.