Tom Johnson of Plainville succumbed to a myriad of health issues on Friday, April 24. He was 50.

For years Tom was a stalwart in the Cape Cod Pro-Am League. He was a playing pro for Dick’s Sporting Goods. He also taught privately at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge.

Known in Vineyard golfing circles, he supported the Jack Spear MV Open at the Edgartown Golf Club. The last time that tournament was held he led his team to victory.

At the last Cape Cod Pro-Am visit to Farm Neck Golf Club, he was the medalist with a sterling 66. His many golfing accomplishments aside, what was truly remarkable was his courage and grace in the face of incredible health problems.

His kidneys shut down several years ago. He underwent thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to survive. Returning home in the wee hours of the morning, he would turn around and make the drive to the Cape to participate in the weekly Wednesday Pro-Am.

Never one to complain, he was quick to encourage his teammates. Exhaustion sometimes would not allow him to finish the entire round, but he was there to inspire his team.

The quirkiness of the game of golf can render many a participant to bemoan their fate, but Tom, ever upbeat, would shed a positive spin on each situation.

His melanoma surfaced several weeks ago. In spite of this he was looking forward to competing at the next Cape event.

Tom typified one of golf’s greats, Bobby Jones, who when facing his own mortality stated, “That’s the rub of the green.”

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.