105-year-old Verona resident dies on Christmas Eve

Man known for owning Johnson's Barber Shop
105-year-old Verona resident dies on Christmas Eve
Ernie Johnson

Verona is mourning the loss of one of its own, a man who served the community for more than 90 years.

Ernie Johnson passed away on Christmas Eve, just weeks after celebrating his 105th birthday. He was known to many in Verona as the town barber, opening up Johnson’s Barber Shop in 1935 and retiring more than 70 years later in 2009, at age 99.

“If you knew Ernie, you loved him, because he was just that kind of a guy,” says Julie Isola, the current owner of the barber shop.

Even after he retired, Isola says, Ernie would still visit the shop.

“He would come down and visit with people. Some of his old customers, he would sit and chat with them in these chairs,” Isola says.

An active member of St. Christopher’s Church for decades, Ernie’s parish remembers him fondly, too.

“He was a great husband, great father and great grandfather,” says Father William Vernon. “He touched many lives, and he’s going to be heartfully missed by many.”

A funeral for Ernie will take place next week at St. Christopher’s. Read his obituary