John­son, Charles Eric

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Charles Eric John­sona, aka Charles E. John­son III, came into this world on March 5, 1959 and left all too soon on Novem­ber 3, 2017. The first born to Charles and Yvonne John­son, big brother to Craig and Tracey. Friend, confidante and men­tor to hun­dreds. Al­ways with a bright smile, a friendly word and so many tal­ents, Charles nat­u­rally at­tracted friends, many for a life­time, be­gin­ning as a stu­dent at St. Fran­cis De Paula, then St. Philip Neri, St. Ig­natius Col­lege Prep and Columbia Col­lege, from which he grad­u­ated. He stud­ied sound record­ing engi­neer­ing, where he honed his craft as a mas­ter stu­dio pro­ducer, in­dulging his love of musical com­po­si­tion and tech­ni­cal wiz­ardry. He was lucky to do the work he loved his en­tire life. Also a self- taught mu­si­cian, Char­lie learned to play many in­stru­ments by ear, wrote hun­dreds of songs and played in bands through­out his life. An avid col­lec­tor of vin­tage toys, mu­sic and other trea­sures, he had a Google­like re­call of their ori­gins and facts of all kind. A true per­fec­tion­ist, if Char­lie built it, fixed it, cre­ated or tin­kered on it, there was no doubt of the out­come. With so many in­ter­ests and tal­ents, his in­flu­ence, im­pact and friend­ships spread far and wide. A de­voted son, great brother and friend who was al­ways eager to lend a hand or ear, "Char­lie Horse," "cj3," will be greatly missed by the fam­ily and hun­dreds of friends and col­leagues whose lives he graced and leaves be­hind. Ser­vices to cel­e­brate his life will be held at St. Philip Neri Church, 2132 E. 72nd St., Chicago, at 11: 00a. m. on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11, 2017; light repast in the SPN School Au­di­to­rium at 10: 00. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­trib­ute to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety or ASPCA.

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