Brett William Ronald Johnson

With great sadness and heavy hearts, we say goodbye. Brett left us unexpectedly on May 14, 2018. He leaves behind the loves of his life, his fiancée Jeanine (who he called his wife) and daughter Hailey; parents Melanie and Ken; brother Trent; grandparents Elmer and Alice Tippe and Audrey Johnson; uncles Perry (Roberta), Ricky (Bonnie) and Guyle (Elizabeth); cousins and friends. Brett’s life was devoted to family and country music. In addition to performing, writing and recording, he owned and operated The Art of Music Centre. Brett took great pride in sharing his love of music with his students. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, June 1 at the Burnett Fellowship Church, 20639 123 Avenue, Maple Ridge.Brett will always be in our hearts. Honour him by hugging those you love. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the GoFundMe page (Sudden Loss of Brett Johnson) setup for Jeanine and Hailey.

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  1. Debra & Donna Keresztes

    Dearest, Melanie, Ken, Trent and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Brett. Condolences and love to all. I am here if u need me. Rest assured Brett is the loving arms of our Father and will be missed by all. But, he is always with us. A gentle breeze. A beautiful bird or butterfly. Even in the wind. Our soul goes on forever. Hugs to all❤️

  2. Elaine MacDonell

    So sorry to hear of your loss, such a sad time for the family. I remember them playing at the Maple Ridge Hotel, they were young then. RIP Brett.
    Elaine (Ridge Hotel)

  3. Catherine Reisler (Laity)

    I’m so saddened to hear of Brett’s passing. He was so young. My sincere condolence for Mel and Ken as well as the rest of the family.

    Catherine Riesler

  4. This is a loss not only for Brett’s family and friends, but for country music and artists alike. Brett and I always had great and positive talks, and when I was down, he helped perk me back up a bit, and made me feel relevant again. My thoughts and prayers to his family, especially Janine & Hailey.

  5. Charlane Rodgers

    I can’t begin to imagine the hole in your hearts that Brett’s passing has created. I loved commenting on Brett’s Facebook postings. He was a very kind and loving man. I have memories of his growing up years and the many laughs that were shared with his family and friends. Brett was an exceptional musician and I will always remember those musical performances. I am honored to have shared some of life’s pathway with you. You will be missed Brett. RIP – Join Hank and Frank in Heavens Band! ❤️❤️ Charlane Rodgers

  6. my condolences to family and friend

  7. The loss of a child at any age must be the epitome of pain. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Treasure his short life and the precious memories you’ve created. Thinking of you with much love.

  8. Bob,Norma,Jeff Williamson

    We did not know Brett personally but heard so much about him and how hard he worked in his music from grandpa and grandma Tippe. Our hearts go out to all of you. MSU he Rest In Peace.

  9. Heather Howson

    I’m so sorry to hear this,no one should have to loose a child.. My prayers for all of you…
    Heather Howson

  10. Larry & Joan Fedyk

    Brett will definitely be missed, although Joan and I didn’t get to see him perform very much in the past few years we thought about him and Trent all the time. We remember the good times he spent at Birch Bay with Elmer and Alice when he was young. There are no words to discribe the feeling of losing a loved one. Ken and Mel it is going to be hard , but that’s what your and Brett’s friends are for support, Brett Rest In Peace

  11. Jerry & Donna Yuzon

    We have known Brett since he was a little guy and will miss him dearly. Having fun jamming with the family … guitars and fiddles and singing old and new country songs is one of our fondest memories and we will continue to make those memories in Brett’s honour. To finally have everything in life he wanted..his fiance Jeanine…his beautiful little girl Hailey…his music and his business ….we had never seen Brett so happy. He will always be in our hearts.

  12. Brianna Nestor

    What an awesome soul. And I mean stand back in awe. The joy in music that this family shared, Brett wanted to show the rest of the world. To be able to play music for crowds and fans, but also teach, is something that Brett shared with so many. His enthusiasm for sounds and instruments (some that I had never heard of) was something to admire! We had many talks about family and dreams of making a family for ourselves. He knew without a doubt the want and need for that right lady and wanting a baby to call his own. He was ecstatic. I remember the calls. I FOUND HER… soon after…. WE ARE HAVIBG A BABY! He was so happy.
    He filled a spot in my heart as a friend I cannot describe. Watching, seeing and hearing pure joy….. warms all.
    Nothing can fill this void, not for me and certainly not for his family. I can only pray that you take comfort in the great man that he was and the mark he left on those who admire and respected him.
    I will forever be grateful for the little time I had with him and hope that one day I see you all again and meet “his lady and beautiful little girl”.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to his family and friends.

  14. Bob & Dianne Griffin

    All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family Mel and Ken. The heaviness of the loss of a love one does ease with time but we never forget.

  15. Auntie Jeannie and Family

    No words could ever express the deep sorrow we feel for all of Brett’s family. A life taken entirely too soon. His memory will live on through our stories, through his sweet baby girl and of course through his music. Sending our deepest condolences, much love and strength during this hard time. ❤
    Love Auntie Jeannie and Sheldon, Todd and Val, Kara, Grant and Jesse, Alison, Chris and Amanda, Clay and kids.

  16. Judi & Gord Hart

    Our condolences to Elmer, Alice and families. We are sad to hear of your grandson’s passing. He will be missed by many.



  18. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and loss of Brett Johnson… My memories go back to the Maple Ridge Hotel when Brett and Trent were just starting out their musical careers as I was the drummer for the many jam sessions that were held at that location …. you will be sadly missed but there is many memories to be shared… From Rose and Gene Cordoni

  19. Roberta Herman

    To my forever friend Mel, ……we have shared so much over our 48 year friendship….but never did i ever want to share this with you! You were my rock and my shoulder that i cried on often in the early days of when we lost our Jesse….and I hope you know from the bottom of our hearts that Terry and I , Greg, Eric and Randy are here for whatever you and Ken and Trent may need! This is a journey that will have many ups and downs along the way…and I can only say that time has proven to me and my family that the day will come when all your wonderful memories will bring more smiles than tears, even though that day may seem far away right now, but you will never forget the wonderful gift he was in your life!. It has been our joy to be part of your childrens lives from the very beginning….and we were equally proud of all of Brett’s accomplishments, and to be called Auntie Bert and Uncle Terry was always special to us, and we so enjoyed all the wonderful musical events Brett , Trent and Ken gave us over the years! I am so glad you all have that special gift of Janine and Hailey in your lives and that you got to see what an amazing dad he was this past year, and the special love he had for his beautiful daughter. I would like to think Jesse and Brett are wearing their cowboy hats , listening to some good “country” tunes, and keeping a very loving watch over all of us….and saying “Don’t cry Mom and Dad, go have some fun for us!!!” Easier said than done I know,….. but they were two special boys who would want only the best for their family’s!!
    With all our Love,
    Roberta, Terry, Greg, Eric , and Randy Herman

  20. Uncle Bobby Auntie Sharon Leanne Jamie Christine And Robert
    We all are still in deep shock. No words can express the sadness and love for all the family.
    Brett and Trent were so gifted and now one has gone to Heaven to play for all who loved him up in the heavens. His music will forever be in our Hearts and we will all see him someday playing for us all
    Deepest sympathy Uncle Bobby and Auntie Sharon

  21. Dear Johnson family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss – our loss. It was unexpected for all.
    I wish you strength and continued hope for the future.
    from your friend

  22. James, Melonie and Darrin Severinski.

    Our condolences to the family and love one’s. We we’re so very blessed to have seen and heard the Johnson’s, and Tippie family perform many a night at the old watering hole ( The Ridge Hotel and the Belvue). Many great memories and he will be missed by so many.

  23. Chuck Laidlaw & Susan Song

    Melanie, Ken, and Trent, our condolences. We saw Brett (& the rest) playing at Boone County a decade or so ago, and as I recall, he put on one hell of a good show.

  24. Mike, Roxanne & Michael Griffin

    Mel, Ken, and Trent…. thinking of you and wishing you comfort and strength through this sad time,
    Memories are forever !!

  25. All of us in the Berthorson Academy of Musical Arts “musical family” send our heart felt condolences to all those who loved and were loved by Brett. His heart will sing forever in the hearts of those he touched. Maybe he with have a chance to jam in the great beyond with one of our founders, my wife the late Judy Bergthorson. Rest in peace and may your spirit remain alive.

  26. Joann StPierre

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sincere condolences sent to family.

  27. Kim & Terry O'Rourke

    It has been an honor to know Brett, The joy that this young man has shared with us and so many others, will be remembered and celebrated.
    The strength and determination he showed growing up is something that all young men can aspire to.
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal” (from a headstone in Ireland)
    Our hearts go out to all of Brett’s family and friends that we know,
    and also that we do not know.

  28. James Buddy Rogers

    RIP Brett, it was a pleasure to have crossed musical paths with you.

  29. Patricia Brewer

    Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Jeanine & Hailey… May you find peace and solace in all your beautiful memories of Brett… To the Johnson and Tippe family, Brett was a treasure and an inspirational artist to all who knew him, a talented artist and a great young man… I only hope he’s rocking the Heaven’s with Buddy and all who went before.

  30. My deepest condolences to the Johnson and Tippe family. Brett and Trent always held a special place in my heart, working as a special education assistant at Hammond Elementary. I had many a conversations with Mel about her remarkable “little” boys. I was blown away by Brett’s talent many years ago while watching one of his first performances at Hammond. Later, I had the pleasure of hearing Brett and Trent perform at a New Year’s Eve bash in Chilliwack and was proud to tell all my friends that I knew them and what great kids they were. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  31. Faye Romanchuk

    To all the family of Bretts…….It is with heavy heart that the news has travelled to Kelowna. We always
    tried to follow Bretts band when it was possible which wasn’t often enough. A talented musician has
    been lost and certainly will be missed by all. His desire to succeed was so strong. It showed in every
    gig he played I’m sure. What could have been for Brett we all hoped for. So sad for all. Faye and
    Frankie……….Dewberry Country

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