Robert L. Johnson, 71, dies

Batavia, NY — Robert L. Johnson, 71, of Tonawanda, N.Y., died Sept. 1, 2020.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Tabone) Johnson; devoted father of Jill (Michael, DDS) Piazza and Emily (Fernando) del Valle; cherished grandfather of Dominic, Nicholas and Mina; loving son of the late Robert and June Johnson; dear brother of Deborah (William) Negrych; ans is also survived by loving aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Johnson was a regular on the western New York harness racing circuit since 1970 and won the training title twice during that time. He campaigned many horses over the years including Dragoon and Tonto Hanover, but the best horse of his career was the 46-time winner Incredible Looker (1:52.4q, $202,559). He was part of the local racing fabric for two generations and he will be missed by his fellow horsemen.

Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel) at 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. (near Eggert/Sheridan Dr.) on Sunday (Sept. 13) from 1-5 p.m.

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