As many Amity residents now know, William “Bill” Johnson, the “legendary” Amity Football coach who led the Spartans through an undefeated season and the 1978 CIAC Class “LL” Football State Championship, passed away on Monday, May 7.
He leaves behind his wife, 4 sons and one daughter (all noted Amity athletes in their time (the 80s).
The Coach was honored at the Amity opening game on Sept. 11, 2013 with the naming of the William Johnson Football Field.
He was inducted into the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2014.
The wake for Coach Johnson will take place on Thursday, May 10, at Miller-Ward in Seymour from 4-7 p.m.
His funeral service will take place at the Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge on Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m.
Loved by all
Looking back on 2013 when I met coach Johnson and many members of his championship team, I can say with confidence that he was loved and respected.
The Captains of that winning team were Rich Lina, Rick Delbuono, and Joe Margolis. They were undefeated with one tie against Derby.
They have the honor of being a part of the schools only football state championship team.
Young Eddie Choiniere was just a freshman and didn’t get much if any, time on the field. He recalls playing with coach Johnson’s sons Scott and Bill.
He remembers the coach as a great family man and a super person.
”What a great guy,” he said. “We all loved him. You won’t find a better person than him.”
He added that all of the Johnson kids were great athletes: Scott, Bill, Craig, John, and Karen all had been blessed with a wonderful father – a great role model. “He will be sorely missed.”