Tony Johnson Passes Away At The Age Of 95

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The nation’s oldest hotelier, Graeme Anthony ‘Tony’ Johnson, passed last evening at the age of 95 at his home at Siboney Beach Club at Dickenson Bay.

Johnson is said to have died of natural causes.

Just two years ago, Johnson sold his hotel to a group led by local businessman, Roy Bento. Prior to that, Johnson had been in the hotel industry in Antigua for 58 years as he managed, owned or operated water sports ventures and hotels.

Throughout his life he has had philanthropic ventures: he is the founder of the Amazing Grace Foundation and administrator of the Karin Boden Foundation since 1990.

The Karin Boden Fund has allowed numerous children to receive medical assistance overseas, and has provided equipment such as wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs to persons in need.

He also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for services to the tourism sector as well as he was granted the honor of Grand Officer of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit – GOM, for distinguished contribution to Community Development.

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  1. RIP Tony Johnson:
    You were a good citizen of Antigua and Barbuda.It was a pleasure to have known you.

  2. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock!

    A True Patriot who stood strong and firm in peace and danger to safeguard the People of Antigua and Barbuda from the control of the hegemonic global economy and marginalization in an industry where they should be maitres chez nous!

    Economically, socio-culturally, ecologically and psychologically he not only understood but demonstrated the centrality of the Antigua and Barbuda People to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry! To his dying day he showed that the cognitive and structural aspects of the development and sustainability of the industry are incomplete without the functional aspect! He definitely showed all who would listen, learn and follow that there was something more than knowing, there was also doing!

    Could a Man’s Existence be like a Bridge, Poised between the water that birthed him, and the earth that would bury him?” – Antigua’s Edgar O. Lake: The Devil’s Bridge!

  3. @John French II:I often wondered why he was never recognized for the things he did in Antigua.Many have done far less than him.However,they are given all types of awards at Independence times.I do not ever remembered him getting anything at all.RIP Mr.Johnson.
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    • LAST PARAGRAPH OF ARTICLE CLEARLY STATES: “He also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for services to the tourism sector as well as he was granted the honor of Grand Officer of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit – GOM, for distinguished contribution to Community Development.”

  4. I dont know this man personally but i have seen him around especially when i am visiting the nothern sife of the island….. Strange enough his persona / demeanor grabs my attention from time to time and my perception of him was one who seems to be compassionate and a person who likes to help people especially the poor & needy…. I stand to be corrected, but he was seen associating with a young lady who was confined to a wheelchair…… The nation has lost a good samaritan……. May his soul RIP!!!

  5. This lovely man was introduced to me when I was on Island and he kindly agreed to do a brief interview with my daughter about his life in Antigua. He had such fascinating stories to share. Im. Sure he will be missed. Condolences. SIP 🌹

    Vee #inspireUrBiz based in the UK

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