Rev. Rollin E. Johnson Jr. passed away on September 29, 2022, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA after a long illness. Rollin leaves behind his best friend and loving wife of 52 years, Carol (Jenkinson) of Plymouth, MA, and a foster son, William Stanley (Amy) and their children Elizabeth and Jack, of Bluemont, Virginia. He leaves two nephews: James Russ (Helen) of Marshfield, MA; and Alan Jenkinson (Debbie) of Jensen Beach, FL; five nieces: Deborah Jarocki (Joseph) of Riverside, RI; Kathleen Goff (Richard) of Port ST Lucie; Drucilla Marzano (Tracey) of East Granby, CT; Jennifer Drysdale of East Granby, CT and Earlene Russ-Ure (James) of Portland, OR. Rollin was predeceased by his two sisters, Phyllis Drysdale of East Granby, CT and Beverly J. Russ of Kingston, MA and a niece Elizabeth Johnson (Robert).
Rollin was born in Gardner, MA to Rollin Eugene Johnson and Margaret Rhoads Johnson. He grew up in Templeton, MA and graduated from Templeton High School. Rollin went on to attend the Boston University School of Nursing and School of Theology. After receiving a Masters in Ministry from the BU School of Theology, Rollin was ordained as a Congregational minister in Baldwinville, MA. He served various churches in New England as a Congregational minister, including Baldwinville, MA; Lawrence MA; Ashby, MA; Halifax, MA; and Farmington, NH.
Rollin and his wife, Carol, also did charitable work serving the disadvantaged in many communities. They helped provide weekly meals and shelter with other members of their present church, the Church of the Pilgrimage UCC in Plymouth. Carol and Rollin spent many Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings helping to feed those who had nowhere to go.
After retiring from the fulltime ministry, Rollin continued to serve as a visiting minister to the sick and disabled in hospitals, nursing homes and personal residences.
A funeral service was held at 12:00pm at the Cartmell-Davis Funeral Home, 373 Court Street in Plymouth, MA 02360 on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. A private burial followed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Pilgrimage, for Missions/Monday Meals, 8 Town Square, Plymouth MA 02360.
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