Father Mervyn Sydney ‘Buck’ Johnson passes
Published: Aug 01, 2013
The Anglican Diocese is mourning the loss of Father Mervyn Sydney ‘Buck’ Johnson, who passed away on Sunday, July 28 at 8 a.m. at Doctors Hospital. He was 62 years old and succumbed after a 22-month battle with brain cancer.
Fr. Buck began his working career as a customs officer. He went on to become a manager and a vice president of operations at McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd., before entering Codrington College to test his vocation to the sacred priesthood.
He was ordained priest in June 2000. He served at Christ the King Church in New Providence, St. Patrick’s in Central Eleuthera and St. Agnes and Holy Trinity in New Providence. He became rector of All Saints in New Providence in 2011 and had to retire, for health reasons, in November 2012.
Johnson was a committed family man. Anyone associated with him knew from word and action that his wife, Cora; his mother when she was alive; his children, Mervyn Jr. and Mervette, and his siblings were highest priority. His witness spoke volumes.
Johnson was a quiet, strong person with a disposition that endeared him to all. He was a caring priest who had a passion for youth and for evangelism. He always built community, drawing others in and making them feel as if they were a part of the Body. In any situation, he was always a calm, delightful part of the solution to the dilemma at hand. He was a team player.
The funeral is set for Thursday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, George St.