Obituary: Brian Johnson

It is with sadness that we report the recent death of Brian Johnson. Many of us will remember Brian (BJ) from his time as a long standing and highly competitive member of Sarum Orienteers and, more recently, as a member of Wimborne Orienteers.  BJ taught Physics and at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury and whilst there he established a strong junior section of Sarum at the school. Together with Pam Errington BJ encouraged the children’s participation in orienteering and coached several to high levels of competence and competition.  Many of these lads are still active in the sport.  He also coached for the South West junior Squad. A keen walker and climber, BJ contributed a number of route guides for Cicerone Press. Brian also competed in cricket, hockey and chess, winning the 1996 World Amateur Chess Championship. Latterly he became a Bridge enthusiast.

In 1997 Injuries caused Brian to retire early from his teaching career and move away from orienteering and took up canoeing. Brian began playing bowls a couple of years later and took  up walking again, completing the 2650 mile long Pacific crest trail through California, Oregon and Washington states. He also completed a 2700 mile round Britain walk and climbed all the Scottish Munros  (in one year), Corbetts and Grahams.  He also completed ten traverses of the Pyrenees. Eventually Brian returned to orienteering, joining Wimborne Orienteers. Brian was a real character and he, and his beard, will be much missed.