Vail Daily obituary: John Atkinson, 1944-2011
John Richard Atkinson, aka “Johnny A,” passed away Oct. 10. He had battled diabetes and a failing pancreas for several years.
John was born Oct. 4, 1944, and grew up in St. Thomas, Ontario. John was a talented golfer and moved to Vail from Palm Springs, Calif., in 1973 to join the staff at the Vail Golf Club. Later, he was a mainstay on the crew at Paddy O’Days. He moved to Paige, Ariz., in 1996.
John’s passion was golf. He also was one of the most personable people you would ever meet. “Johnny A” was very special to all of his friends and could party with the best.
John is survived by his sister, Linda Simmons, and his brothers, Mike and Rob Atkinson, all of St. Thomas.
A memorial will be held Friday at 925 Gunsite Drive in Paige, Ariz.