Stuart James Johnson, who founded and ran CFS Promotional Products with his wife, Sharon, died on January 28 at the age of 79. 

Johnson will be remembered as a beloved family man, a U.S. Marine and a successful entrepreneur of the promotional products industry. Referred to as a “true Renaissance man” in an obituary, he was born in Cleveland and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

The son of a naval officer during World War II, Johnson himself eventually joined the Marine Corps Reserves as an infantryman. Years later, his son Michael, would follow his footsteps and become a Marine Corps F-18 fighter pilot.


After his service, Johnson founded Corporate Fulfillment Services, Inc. in 1978 in Schaumburg, Illinois, which by 1992 became a promotional products supplier. He would eventually meet Sharon, his wife of 28 years, who he ran CFS Promotional Products with until his recent passing.

“Together with an incredible team of long-time employees, Stuart and Sharon have created a boutique company culture of customer care; providing concierge-level service specially customized to meet the unique business needs of the industry,” reads a remembrance provided by CFS Promotional Products.

Sharon and the dedicated team will continue the business and legacy that Stuart began.

Johnson was a devoted father to his two children, Lisa and Michael, and a proud grandfather.

To plant a memorial tree in memory of Stuart James Johnson or send flowers to his bereaved, visit this site.

A celebration of his life will be planned at a future date.