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Aaron Johnson
  • Passed away on April 23, 2022

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Aaron Matthew Johnson of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, April 23, 2022. He was 38 years old. Aaron was born November 24, 1983 in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Allison Minton Whittington of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Clarence “Chuck” Johnson of Middletown, Delaware. Aaron attended the Independence School, Newark, Delaware and graduated in 2002 from Salesianum High School, Wilmington, Delaware. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Delaware in Newark.

Aaron was a favorite bartender at the Halfwall Brewery in New Smyrna Beach, where you’d often find him mixing his specialty cocktails, such as his egg white whiskey sours. He had a way of making everyone feel special. Whether it was a close friend or a stranger, he took time to listen, share a kind word, or make people laugh with his jokes and fun facts. Many referred to him as a “Walking Google.”

Aaron loved music, especially playing his guitar and songwriting. He had a lifetime passion for photography and art. He was a creative visionary. Aaron always saw the best in others and in the world and acted selflessly and generously to make his vision a reality. He channeled all of his self-taught knowledge and inspiration into wholly original art and music that reflected his unique perspective.

From the time he was four years old, Aaron had an interest in martial arts, which he studied for many years, even teaching karate to inner-city children in Philadelphia. He was fluent in Arabic and German and proficient in several other languages. Aaron was always interested in learning new things. He found hidden magic in mundane, everyday tasks and never missed an opportunity to have an adventure.

Aaron is survived by his beloved mom, Allison Whittington, with whom he shared a very special bond, and his stepdad, Ben Whittington; his father, Chuck Johnson; his aunt, Mary Anne Deverson; his cousin, Claire Deverson; his stepsister, Stephanie Judy (DJ); his stepbrother, Benny Whittington (Peyton); his treasured girlfriend, Jac Cichocki and their cherished cats, “One” and “Two.”

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Arnold and Mary Minton, and Clarence and Helen Johnson.

Aaron loved fiercely and deeply and leaves behind many broken hearts.

Visitation and service will be held on Tuesday, May 3, from 11:00 to 1:00 at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Aaron’s name to Southeast Volusia Humane Society, 1200 South Glencoe Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. https://sevhumanesociety.org


Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach
1 N Causeway

Date & Time:
May 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM



Visitation

Times:
May 3, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Location:
Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach Chapel
1 N Causeway


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  1. Marie Luzzo says:
    06 May 2022
    So sorry for your loss. If I can do anything for you, please let me know. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love. Marie and Wayne luzzo. We lost our only son so we truly know how you feel.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Allison. RIP Aaron Kathy Adair Jordan and Benji Adair lit a candle:
    03 May 2022
    Lit since May 3, 2022 at 5:40:51 PM

  3. Rebecca Spanogle says:
    03 May 2022
    Rest In Peace sweet Aaron, you are so missed! There is a void at Half Wall no one can fill.
    You will never be forgotten by Stephen and I.
    Rebecca Spanogle

  4. Kay lit a candle:
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  6. Diane Trusty Fisher posted an image:
    03 May 2022
    Best Best Friends.  Allison your Aaron and my Jeremiah Forever  Best Friends.
    Best Best Friends. Allison your Aaron and my Jeremiah Forever Best Friends.

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  9. Jacqui & Rande Lauritano says:
    02 May 2022
    A shining light taken too soon. You will be
    missed by all who knew you. RIP

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  12. Bunch & family NZ x says:
    01 May 2022
    Our thoughts surround you - what a beautiful tribute to Aaron. May you find strength together remembering his gifts to the world. X

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  17. Jane & Lee Wolff says:
    30 Apr 2022
    It's beyond sadness that I write here. You were blessed with a wonderful son. I loved Aaron and was always glad to see him. I wish there was a way to reduce the immense pain I know you're feeling. Aaron will remain in our memory forever.

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    30 Apr 2022
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  19. Scott Kemper-Lynch says:
    30 Apr 2022
    Paul and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Aaron. You’re all in our thoughts.

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  24. Brenda Madias Harakas says:
    28 Apr 2022
    My Dearest Allison,
    The sudden death of your son leaves me heartbroken and with such grief. There are no words that I can say except that I am so very sorry for your loss. As a mother, there is nothing I can do except to pray to God to ease your pain. My prayers are going out to you and your family.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Your friend,
    Brenda

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  33. Nancy Cubit says:
    27 Apr 2022
    My heart is broken for my dear friend, Allison, who is one of the most amazing women I am blessed to have known for 50 years. I always loved how her face lit up with pride and joy each time she spoke about her beloved Aaron and what an awesome Son he was. May the beautiful Mother/Son relationship always be in your heart, Allison. Love you, and know I’m always here for you. Love and prayers to you, Ben and all your family. May Aaron’s wings always shine down on you.

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  37. Ed Irvin says:
    27 Apr 2022
    I will never forget working with you, there's a lot of things that I learned from you that I didn't realize until now and I'm very thankful to have met you. I'm very sorry that we didn't get to hang out outside of work.

    I remember you telling me that you really appreciated that I was the only one that didn't give you a hard time about it taking longer to close up. Truth was I was a slow closer too and I appreciated not being the only one there when locking up... You will be missed sorely.

    Wherever you are, I hope you're at peace and I hope your family finds their peace soon

  38. Ruth& Mike lit a candle:
    27 Apr 2022
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  39. Nancy Cubit posted an image:
    27 Apr 2022
    This beautiful picture says it all!
    This beautiful picture says it all!

  40. Christy Barnard says:
    27 Apr 2022
    I don’t think there is anything that I can say that none of us already don’t know. Aaron was an amazing man, one of the best mixologist I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And when he would tell me I was “good at making those shots he couldn’t remember” it was a major compliment.
    Behind the bar at Half Wall won’t ever feel the same without him. Rest easy A-Aron. We love you.

  41. Debra Feeney posted an image:
    27 Apr 2022
    Aaron hard at work last week.  His dedication and devotion to the job was outstanding. My heart goes out to his mom and stepdad  Allison and Ben.  There are no words just know you are loved.
    Aaron hard at work last week. His dedication and devotion to the job was outstanding. My heart goes out to his mom and stepdad Allison and Ben. There are no words just know you are loved.

  42. Debra Feeney posted an image:
    27 Apr 2022
    I just saw him and he was working so hard. He was an an amazing bartender.  I took this picture just to capture his spirit and dedication to his job. He will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace Aaron. ❤️
    I just saw him and he was working so hard. He was an an amazing bartender. I took this picture just to capture his spirit and dedication to his job. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Aaron. ❤️

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    Judy & Chris Johnson

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  47. Patricia Capozzolo says:
    27 Apr 2022
    love you Aaron forever!! Such a kind soul who will be sorely missed! The world is a better place because if you♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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