Biography: Ronald Jesse Johnson was born at Sydenham Hospital in Harlem, New York on February 24, 1952 to Mrs. Ida Betha Johnson and Mr. Jessie Johnson. Two children were born from this union, Ronald and Shirley, which Ronald was the eldest of the two. Both of his parents have rejoiced with the Lord.
Ronnie aka Ronnie Ron or Harlem was educated in New York City; P.S. 133, I.S. 36 and other educational institutions right here in Harlem.
As an adult, he gained employment as an assistant cook at Fort Washington Senior Service (Riverstone Senior Life Service). Where he spent over a decade serving meals to the senior community, which he loved. During his tenure, on February 20th, 1997 he met Linda Page. The two became one and they married on August 15th, 1998. He then sought an Assistant Supervisor Cook position at West Side Federation to continue his passion as a cook until he became ill.
Ronnie, as we all know, was the man of the hour. Party starter, dance initiator, hard worker, grill master, confidant and the most loving and caring man there was to know. Just a few of his hats. If you heard “Copy that!” you knew it was going to be, “THE NIGHT” to be enjoyed and remembered by all. His warm smile, style and love of his family and friends was unmatched. As his family, we know there is no one in this room Ronnie did not make laugh or smile in times of pain. His spirit of joy and celebration, we must remember in his passing because that is his legacy.
Ronnie leaves behind: his wife, Linda Paige Johnson. Daughters: Nicole, Tawana, Veronica, Diamond, Yvette, Danielle, and Faye’Von. His sons: Nathan, Darrel, Robert and Paul; twelve grand kids and four great grand children. Sisters: Shirley Johnson, two sisters in law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, best friend Mike and a host of cousins, family, coworkers and friends.