OBITUARY: Karl A. Johnson, 80

Karl A. Johnson of Marblehead died Sunday, Nov. 5. Karl was born March 4, 1943, in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is survived by his wife, Beth. Last month, they celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary.

Karl A. Johnson

Karl attended Warwick High School and graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1967. He later received his master’s in education from Boston State. For several years, he taught at the high school level in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

During his summers off, he was a carpenter. He expanded that career and has owned KA Johnson Builders for over 50 years. He specialized in remodeling homes. Living in Marblehead gave him the opportunity to work on many old, historic houses. He was passionate about his work.

Karl was a lifelong fitness enthusiast. He met his wife, Beth, while attending one of her aerobic classes. They went on to have successful health clubs, Energy Works and Energy Within, for 40 years.

Karl mentored many people throughout his lifetime. In addition to his businesses, Karl was a member of the Army Reserves, a gourmet cook, flower whisperer and wonderful storyteller. He served on the Marblehead Municipal Light Department and was a member of the Marblehead Planning Board.

Karl was a loving, caring, kind, generous and funny man. He will be missed by many.

A celebration of Karl’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gerry 5, 210 Beacon St., Marblehead,

In lieu of flowers, muffins and peanut M&M’s for Beth, please consider a donation to Project Knitwell ( or a charity of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Johnson family may be shared at

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