Bruce Johnson. (Western News file photo)

Bruce Johnson. (Western News file photo)

Penticton mourns respected educator Bruce Johnson

Memories of former teacher, principal and trustee Bruce Johnson are flooding social media

Fond memories of a beloved former teacher, principal and school trustee who has died are being shared on social media.

Penticton’s Bruce Johnson died on Tuesday at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer. Johnson worked in the Okanagan Skaha School District 67 for a total of 34 years before retiring in 2006 while at Princess Margaret Secondary School. He was first elected as a trustee in 2011, and remained on the school board until the last election in 2018.

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Suzyn Wyatt posted that Johnson was an inspiration to so many people.

“All you Carmi kids know he was the best teacher ever. I will miss you forever. Condolences to your family,” she wrote.

Current school trustee Tracy Van Raes said she is at a loss for words and thanked him for his years of encouragement, friendship, grace and leadership.

Parents have also posted messages, including Candace Walter-Hughes DeHart who said Johnson was a huge part of the community and his “spirit has had a lasting effect on the children and families of Penticton.”

“Bruce became a big influence in our family,” said Bonnie Gladish. “He taught me in Grade 10 and both our boys had him as a principal. He loved what he did and it showed by the way he taught and treated you. There was always a smile to greet you, even last year up at the golf course. Bruce will be greatly missed but we all have fond memories forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

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