Russell Johnson, former Central Transport Refrigeration owner and Bestbuy chair

by | Apr 5, 2019 | 0 comments

Word has reached Jobber Nation of the passing of Russ Johnson, former owner of Central Transport Refrigeration in Winnipeg, Man.

He passed away March 28, 2019 at the age of 79.

Russell and Joan Johnson owned Central Transport Refrigeration (Man) Ltd. (CTR) for 25 years and he was also chairman of Bestbuy Distributors for five years.

Russ Johnson
Russ Johnson aboard his beloved Piper Arrow.

Russ and Joan Johnson purchased CTR in 1982, three years later they made the decision to add an aftermarket automotive and industrial supply division to the business. The Johnson’s had a background in the automotive industry and they made an excellent decision in expanding the company. 

In 2007 the business was purchased by Don and Alison Harvey.

Russ is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Joan, daughter Karin and son Brent. Russell was the only child of Garnet and Violet Johnson.

Russ had a love of aviation and was very proud of his plane, a Piper Arrow. Russ was a proud founding member of the Canadian Starfighter Museum.

Another love Russ had was taking his RV around the southern United States to get away from the cold.

The family would like to thank the staff at Portage District Hospital for the compassionate care he received. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba and/or The Canadian Starfighter Museum, 42 Brookhaven Bay, Winnipeg, MB R2J 2S3

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