Charity No: 260045

Stewart Brown Johnson

10 June 1932 - 9 April 2016

Secretary Linda Harvey wrote this fitting tribute to Stewart after his Service of Thanksgiving at St Pauls URC Harrogate on 20 April 2016.


It is with great sadness, but extremely fond memories, that we said farewell today to our dearly loved friend, Stewart, who had been ill with cancer for some time.


From the mid 1980’s when he moved to Glasshouses from Harrogate, he had been deeply involved with the Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society. Stewart was a great organiser and brought those talents to the committee, acting as Chairman, Theatre Manager and President over the years.


He loved being on stage, taking many character roles such as the doctor in “Hobson’s Choice”, Starveling the tailor in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and countless Pantomimes of course: some of which he wrote and directed himself. However, it is for his love of music hall and singing that many will remember him. He took part in “Maria Marten”, “The Drunkard” and all of our revues. In fact, Stewart was probably the chief instigator for many of the latter.


Alongside his wife Brenda, he was responsible for the tickets and box office for a number of years. It would have been unthinkable that Stewart was not involved in every production in some shape or form. He appeared to have boundless energy, always full of fundraising ideas, suggestions for new ventures and ways to involve as many people as possible. He did love a social gathering whether that was down at the Playhouse, round at his own home or at someone else’s! Bringing us together to talk about the Playhouse and plan for the future.


He lived life to the full and we were privileged to have been part of his story: Stewart Johnson we salute you; we raise a “wee dram” to you and place you firmly in the heart of Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society’s story where you belong.

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