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Death Notice


Published on 28/11/2023

JOHNSON Michael On Monday 20th November 2023, Michael passed away peacefully at his brothers address with his family and a close friend by his side aged 72 years. Dearly loved son of the late Arthur and Joan, much loved brother of Sheila, Pamela, Peter, Paul and the late Carole, a dear uncle of Neil, Marie, Daniel, Tracey, Seline and Cate, a good friend to many and former local councillor of many years for the Tong Ward. The funeral service will take place at Oakworth crematorium on Thursday 30th November 2023 at 3.15pm. Family flowers only please. For all enquiries, please contact the Knowle funeral home on 01535 603219.


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Caliphone December 3rd, 2023
Michael was still engaged in politics as we have seen from his regular letters to the T&A even uto recent weeks.
Stephen Tommis November 29th, 2023
Michael and I first met when we started at Carlton Grammar School in 1963. Despite living considerable distances apart, it was a friendship that was to last 60 years, a rare experience for most people.
Michael was a man with clear principles on life. He would willingly share these these with anyone who would listen and their articulation developed further when he decided to enter politics. He would be correctly described today as a conviction politician, a man without a prentious side, who spoke with a Yorkshire directness.
He was steadfastly loyal as a friend. Though we both started careers in education our lives later diverged in many ways but the differences merely served to offer fascinating topics for our conversations. He was the best man at my wedding in the late seventies. We kept in touch even when I moved to work in China; infact Michael requested a visit during my first year there.
He was an uncomplicated man, with a deeply caring sense of justice and a remarkable ability to speak his mind. His passing is a great sadness and I miss him more than words can say.