YORK, Pa. Forty-four years ago, Frannie Burke stood on the corner of Madison and St. Paul in Baltimore, Md., waiting for a blind date. A tall, bearded man with a distinguished afro approached on bicycle, and Frannie thought to herself: "Dear God, let this be him." It was. Six weeks later, they were engaged, and the rest is history. Frannie's date, Dr. Dennis "Denny" Robert Johnson, became her husband, and they made their home in York, Pa. Sadly, Dennis passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 8, 1947, in Camden, N.J., to the late George P. and Dorothy L. (Abrams) Johnson, and was the fourth of their seven children: the late Dr. George Johnson, a partner in Dennis' OB-GYN practice; Walt Johnson of Collingswood, N.J.; Ed Johnson of Statesville; Mary Johnson of Statesville, Patricia Johnson Albrezzi of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and Fran Baker of Statesville. Dennis attended Davie Avenue School, Oakwood Junior High School, and Statesville Senior High. He distinguished himself athletically, scholastically, and artistically. He played for the SHS basketball team, and in his senior year, it won the South Piedmont Conference Championship. He graduated from St. Joseph's College (now St. Joseph's University) in Philadelphia and the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The following year, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Public Health Degree. While at St. Joe's, he played the guitar in his folk band, "The New Spirit Singers", which once shared a bill with John Denver. It was during his tenure at Johns Hopkins, that Dennis rode his bicycle up St. Paul, and everything changed. He met Frannie and he fell remarkably, fatefully and full-heartedly in love - the defining moment in a remarkable and selfless life. Dennis loved Frannie in a way we might hope and pray someone might love and honor the person we love most; in a way one might secretly hope for one's self, but would feel embarrassed to wish for because it is too rich, too over the top, that if you asked for it, you would feel as if you asked for too much. He loved her and his family that much, every day, till the end. Throughout his 40 year career in obstetrics and gynecology at the Women's Healthcare Group in York, Dennis delivered thousands of babies while providing medical care to innumerable women, distinguishing himself as a physician with his kind and gentle approach. Dennis is survived by his wife, Frannie; five children, Luke, John-David, Kelsey, Neale, and Keegan; and nine grandchildren. They will miss what made him unique: a love of cooking breakfast, puns, an ear for music, golf or fishing as a pretext for spending time with a friend or loved one, rich food and richer conversation, one cold beer (two put him to sleep), planning trips, sports - his teams were the Phillies, Eagles, Seahawks, St. Joe's and Liverpool FC, and a genuine interest in whatever one of his grandchildren thought was important. While Dennis, Denny, Dr. Johnson, Dad, and Pops will be missed, we all feel lucky, grateful and honored for the time we spent with him. It would never be enough even if he lived to be 120. You'll never walk alone. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at St. Joseph Church, 2935 Kingston Rd. in York, Pa. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, also at St. Joseph's. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, 628 E Market St., York, PA 17402 or at catholicharvest.org, where Denny volunteered after his retirement. John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., East York, Pa., is assisting the family. KefferFH.com.

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