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Alfredo A. Johannes Jr.

May 29, 1946 November 2, 2019
Alfredo A. Johannes Jr.
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Alfredo A. Johannes II, began his life on May 29th 1946. He was the 1st born child to parents Alfredo A. Johannes, Sr., affectionately known as “Dr. Ben”, and his wife Rosina Austin, of New York, New York. He lived at James Weldon Johnson Projects.

On November 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. surrounded by his family at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY, our beloved patriarch, father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and attorney, made his transition and joined the ancestors, at the too early age of 73.

Alfredo’s siblings, Eleanor, Selvin Johannes, Nnandi ben-Jochannan, preceded him in death.
His siblings; his life confidants/supporters / twin sister Ruth Johannes, Naomi Adams, Apostle Wanda Wilkerson, Collette D. South, Dawn Johannes, Dorothy Townsend, Kwame Johannes, and Queen Ozema Gregory survive him. His wife Jennie Johannes, his children Alfredo A. Johannes, III, Nina CJ Boykin Jr., Amen-Ra A. Johannes and Armando “Atum” Johannes, and children-in-law Norman Boykin and Irene Johannes, grandchildren Tyvonne Boykin, Antonio A Johannes Jr, Niara Boykin, Aiden Johannes and Chance Johannes are left to mourn his passing

Alfredo (affectionately referred to as Jr. by some, Grandpa, Dad and Uncle Fred by others) attended Commerce H.S. As a youngster, he was keenly aware of his brilliance, charismatic influence, and as he might say, pure unadulterated genius. He used these attributes to organize a dedicated group of followers, who came to be known as “The Alfredos”. He attended LAGUARDIA COLLEGE, where he received permission to take as many as 72 credits in one semester, while also attending Hunter the same time. He graduated with honors.

At the age of 19, he enlisted as a Sailor in the U.S. Navy. He received an honorable medical discharge for his service. After his tour, he held several jobs, to include employment at United States Postal Service, among others. He knew that those jobs were NOT his true-life calling. These earlier positions, as it turns out were merely seeds being germinated in him, to prepare the way for his true calling. It was a very ambitious calling, especially for one who came from so little. He would become the Champion for those in need, defending those that could not defend themselves.

Our beloved Alfredo A. Johannes attended and graduated Brooklyn Law School with a Juris Doctorate. He was President of Black American Law Students Association (“BALSA”.) It is our understanding that he was determined to obtain his JD not only for the prestige bestowed upon those so titled, but also in an effort to help others, by using his masterful command of the English language and his uncanny debating skills. He would use these skills over and over, providing members of his community with deep and meaningful legal representation. He was especially sensitive to the legal needs of those for whom truly quality legal representation was out of reach. Alfredo often provided his services Pro Bono, often to his own personal cost, and much to the chagrin of those around him. Alfredo passionately provided these services to family friends, fellow attorneys and the community at large.

As masterful in the Court-room as he was at Chess, he used his skillset such that it would appear to those in attendance that the others in the court were left playing checkers. To that end, or beginning, he was admitted to the practice of law by the State of New York, First Judicial Department on July 25, 1988. Alfredo passed or surpassed two bars on that day. The one administered by the State of New York, and the one he had set for himself.

On a personal note, it was easy, yet difficult to love and be loved by him. He was a complicated man. This is true because he held strict guidelines on how people should interact with each other. He held these beliefs with the same conviction he had for the Practice of Law. You may have never heard him say to you directly, "I am proud of an accomplishment you made". But, if you knew where to look, knew how to find it... it was there.

He loved challenging others to Chess, debates about any subject matter from Psychology to Quantum Mechanics, from Theology to the theory of nothing. He was a modern day philosopher. But he was not just a thinker. No, he was a doer as well. Much like the great Renaissance men, both his mind and his hands were capable of creating masterful works. Whether cooking exotic meals, or tinkering around as an amateur carpenter, he was truly innovative. Arguably, it could be said he had a philosophy of why buy something I can make just as well, for less. Many of us have stories, or memories of the great many things he has built or made over the years. Things made simply because... he could.

There would never be enough time to retell or explain just how many lives he impacted, or by how much. Let your memories be the shepherd of his life’s meaning. In so doing, you will be reminded that there were good times and trying times. Times of laughter and joy, and times of spirited debate and quiet reflection. Above all, it is likely you will remember someone with both good intentions and human frailties. Someone who has meant enough in your life to be here, at this moment. Wish him safe passage to the land where those already having passed dwell. And ask that they take him lovingly in their care, to watch after those of us whose accomplishments here are not yet done.

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