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“Very sorry for your loss and grief; may the promise at John 6:40 give you comfort and peace. ”
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“May God offer his continuous comfort to the entire family from this day onward ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Gil & Christal Bridgeforth - CT

“Von will forever be missed and love May all the wonderful memories you have warm your hearts in a time in a time of need ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Daphne Santiful - Danbury, CT

“I'm so sad to hear of cousin Vonsell passing. My heart & prayers goes out to you family in this difficult time. The Lord send His Comforter to carry...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Kimberly Jackson-Ilogti - CT

“Rita,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Debra McCollough - FL

“Rita,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. ”
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“SMy deepest Condolences. Praying for you all! The Atkinson & Hendricks family! ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Alicia Hendricks - Danbury, CT

“Von this candle is lit for you. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Betty Jaynes - BRISTOL, CT

“Dajon so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Elizabeth Brink - Danbury, CT

“With sincere condolence.. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Zachary Bunns - Greenville, NC

“Peace of God Be your Strength in a time as this . The Lord Jesus Be your shadow of love to comfort , keep and sustain you and your family. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Rev Dr Gilbert M Mack, Jr.(Joshua Mack Dad, Shimir's College teammates - VA

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Johnson family, you are in our prayers. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Reggie and April Bunns - NC

“Our prayers go out to the Johnson family, you have our deepest sympathies. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Sterling and Annie Bunns - Bethel, NC

“God be with you in your time of Sorrow my prayers are out to you and your family ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Belle Harris-Little - Columbia, SC

“My handsome Big brother, I'm trying so hard to digest and accept this as we know God makes no mistakes. But it's one of the hardest things I've...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Arlevia Samuel - New Haven, CT

“The officers & members of Anna Warmsley Temple #1073 offer our deepest sympathy Dgt Rita to you & your family DR Pam M Davis ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Pamela Davis - Waterbury, CT

“Vonsell, My brother little that I knew when I went away last week that I would get a call telling me of your passing . I can always recall your...Read More »
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“The officers & members of Anna Warmsley Temple #1073 offer our deepest sympathy Dgt Rita to you & your family DR Pam M Davis ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Pamela David - Waterbury, CT


Mr. Vonsell "Von" Keith Johnson, 48, of Waterbury, formerly of Danbury, passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 21, 2018 at his home. He was the husband of Emmanie (Dessances) Johnson.

Vonsell was born May 3, 1970 in Danbury, CT son to Rita Johnson of Danbury and the late Jimmie Best Sr.

He was educated in the Danbury public school system graduating from Danbury High School Class of 1989. Vonsell had an outstanding collegiate career at The University of Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University. Vonsell met the love of his life while attending Southern University. Vonsell and Emmamie united in holy matrimony on June 8, 2007 in their home in Waterbury, CT. "Von" was a devoted family man, often times characterized as a "Gentle Giant", serving as an anchor and fierce protector of his family.

Vonsell had over 20 years of experience working in the human services field and has developed an extensive network of current and former colleagues he was proud to call friends through his employment at Family Children's Aid, Rushford Mental Health Services, and Ability Beyond. Vonsell had a life-long love for basketball devoting over 30 years of his life to playing, coaching, and teaching basketball. He was a standout basketball player who earned recognition as the Danbury High School State Basketball Champion and Hall of Famer, and had an outstanding collegiate career at University of Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University. Vonsell was a hoops fanatic. He enjoyed sharing his talent and skills with anyone interested in learning about basketball. He was affectionately known by the children he coached and mentored in AAU Basketball for well over 15 years and as the 7th Grade Coach of the CT Dynasty Basketball Club as "Coach V". There is no doubt that he planted seeds in the lives of the will make young basketball players better along the way like his son who he coached from the age 5 and through his senior year of high school which led to a full basketball scholarship to Stonehill College. Vonsell brought a intense, team-oriented style of play that will continue to flourish as a result of the seed he planted for years to come. Some of Vonsell's other interests included traveling to his son's basketball games, listening to old school rap music and R&B, and reminiscing with his circle of friends. He had a great sense of humor, funny and sarcastic. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his wife Emmanie "Aimee" of 11 years, he leaves to mourn his passing, his children;
Kavaughn Johnson of Danbury, Shamir Johnson, Samira Johnson and Evan Dessances all of Waterbury, psychological father to Geneva Bejin of Hamden, CT, siblings; Jimmie Best Jr. of Naugatuck, CT, Valerie Best, Dajon Williams and Raheim King all of Danbury, one aunt; Marie Ward of NC one uncle; Farro Best, of NC, several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and a host of friends.