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Obituary - David Terrence Johnson

The death has been announced of Sussex antiques dealer David Terrence Johnson 1936 – 2020, father of Martin D Johnson of Martin D Johnson Antiques, Halland, East Sussex.


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Martin sent this tribute to a much loved father:

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father David Terrence Johnson.

After his national service David trained at Bevan Funell to become a French polisher. Eventually he decided to launch his own business. Dad founded and ran the successful furniture export business, Rennova and later, Seaford Antiques from his base in East Sussex where he lived all his life.

His furniture was in great demand and was exported all over the world. He would frequent dealers and shops in and around Brighton during the 1970s and 1980s purchasing collections of old wardrobes and chests and repurposing them into breakfront bookcases. One of which resides in the White House, or so we were told. Dad was well known for driving a hard bargain, as anyone who had the misfortune of dealing with him will remember. This would sometimes involve buying 5 or 6 pieces and then getting another 5 or 6 for free. It is fair to say that he was notorious but well-loved in the trade.

David Leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Joyce, his children Tracey, Martin and Stephen, all three of which followed him into the antiques trade.  He also leaves behind his 4 grand- children Poppie, Abby, Katie and Harry.

Goodbye Dad you are a true legend and we will all miss you desperately. 

Rest in peace.  

 



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Obituary - David Terrence Johnson

The death has been announced of Sussex antiques dealer David Terrence Johnson 1936 – 2020, father of Martin D Johnson of Martin D Johnson Antiques, Halland, East Sussex.


Antiques News  & Fairs - Martin  D Johnson Antiques


Martin sent this tribute to a much loved father:

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father David Terrence Johnson.

After his national service David trained at Bevan Funell to become a French polisher. Eventually he decided to launch his own business. Dad founded and ran the successful furniture export business, Rennova and later, Seaford Antiques from his base in East Sussex where he lived all his life.

His furniture was in great demand and was exported all over the world. He would frequent dealers and shops in and around Brighton during the 1970s and 1980s purchasing collections of old wardrobes and chests and repurposing them into breakfront bookcases. One of which resides in the White House, or so we were told. Dad was well known for driving a hard bargain, as anyone who had the misfortune of dealing with him will remember. This would sometimes involve buying 5 or 6 pieces and then getting another 5 or 6 for free. It is fair to say that he was notorious but well-loved in the trade.

David Leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Joyce, his children Tracey, Martin and Stephen, all three of which followed him into the antiques trade.  He also leaves behind his 4 grand- children Poppie, Abby, Katie and Harry.

Goodbye Dad you are a true legend and we will all miss you desperately. 

Rest in peace.