Memorial Services Set for Drowned Ossining Man

Bryan Johnson's memorial service will be held on Monday.

Bryan Johnson's memorial service is set for Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. The service will be held at in Ossining. The funeral will also be held at Star of Bethlehem at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Ossining man went missing on June 20. He was in the water near City Island when the boat he had been riding in left him. Johnson was on the boat with a group of nine friends and acquaintances.

Bryan's mother, Sheila Lilley, blamed the driver of the boat he was on for not paying attention, according to a report on lohud. She tells the website that police are still looking into the death and that the investigation is listed as suspicious.

Lilley says she thinks that her son might have fell into the water, or he was pushed, when the boat he was riding in quickly pulled away, according to a report on lohud. Lilley tells the website that people who were on the boat that night are not invited to the memorial services at Star of Bethlehem. Bryan's mother says her son's cause of death is listed as drowning.

The 26-year-old had his sights set on going to college to study hotel management. He was working as a manager at the in Tarrytown.

Whether it's in person or online, there is an outpouring of support for Bryan Johnson's family here in the Ossining area. Below are voices of support for the family during this time of mourning. Please voice your support for the family by clicking on the comment button or by placing your condolences on our Facebook page.


May the lilley and johnson families find comfort and peace during this storm in their lives

Bryan is truly going to be missed. His gentleness and kind nature, along with his great smile, was a welcome to anyone. We were looking forward to seeing him on the job at The DoubleTree next weekend, but that won't happen. Bryan will indeed be in our thoughts, and to the Laidley-Brown & Lilley family, we love you and are here for you!! S&P White & family


I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Bryan about 4 years ago and he was the sweetest guy. His smile brightened the whole room. I am deeply saddened that this has happened to him and thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Bryan will truly be missed. R.I H Bryan aka "Jobe"


Very nice young man, Bryan will truly be missed by family and friends, My prayer to the family is for you to find strength, comfort and peace during this time of your life. We will continue to keep all of you in prayer. the Foreman-Davis family


Laura Colbert Carbonaro via Facebook

Yes, very, very sad, indeed. 

My deepest condolences to his mom, Sheila, his siblings Hasani & Kai, his Aunt Roxanna, and his cousin Chris. Gentle hugs to you all.

The Carbonaros' hearts and prayers are with you all at this tragic time. ♥ :'(


Robert Daraio via Facebook

Bryan's remains were recovered by the NYPD Harbor Unit late yesterday afternoon, he surfaced not far from where he was lost last Wednesday night. My thoughts and prayers are with Bryan's family in this difficult time. He was a fine young man with a bright future, whose potential was lost to a senseless tragedy. He will be missed.


May the lilley and johnson families find comfort and peace during this storm in their lives


God bless the Lilley family. I taught Bryan in school and he was a wonderful young man


RIP Bryan You will be missed!!


My heart goes out to Shiela Lilley, This is every mother's nightmare. I can ony imagine what your feeling. Praying for you and your family.


My heart goes out to the family, I'm truly sorry for your loss ..may god give you strength threw this devastating time...


This by far is a great tragedy. My thoughts and Prayers are with the family. I only pray that this investigation into what actually happened continues. Rest in Peace Bryan


“Let not your heart be worried for where I am there shall he be also…” 
Although we may not understand God’s plan for us, trust in him and know that he will not forsake us or leave us alone just when we need him most of all. My heart aches for your family and you but trust in the fact that Bryan is comforted in our Father’s everlasting arms.


My prayers continue to go out for the family and friends of Bryan Johnson. He was a classmate of my daughter, and I know how much his friends are hurting. RIP Bryan, and thanks to God for the blessing that was you.


Just sending up some prayers for a fellow pennstater that I had the priveledge of knowing and laughing with. Sending more up for his family, friends and everyone with a heavy heary due to this tragedy. RIP


Thoughts and prayers to the family. What a senseless tragedy.

stefano June 29, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I am deeply sorry for your loss sheila. I have been praying for you and your family since day one. May you find the answers you are looking for and know that we all care. I didn't know Brian but probably saw him with you at those OVGB games watching Kai. May he rest in peace.
B.F. July 01, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I went to PSU with Bryan but I knew him best as "Buddens". What a genuinely good person. Always willing to lend a helping hand or an ear to listen; always shooting a smile to brighten your day. The heavens have truly opened its gates to a wonderful man. He will be missed on earth by so many.
AL BERMUDEZ July 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
From Florida, the Al Bermudez family would like to extend our deepest and sincere condolences to the Lilley and Johnson family. We were not made aware this tragedy had taken place until recently. I've worked with the Lilley family and worked with Bryan Johnson’s biological father during the 1980s.We are truly sorry for you're lost and that such a young life was cut so short. ‘Like many others before us, as our eyes close forever we won't know we're gone like those who stand looking down at us. We won't know this life ever existed, like those who stayed behind us. What we should know and for what it’s worth, is that I can't imagine honorable, decent and productive human beings not being blessed with the resurrection of another life, and finding themselves in the company of their loved ones once again. We hate to see them go and unselfishly suffer their permanent absence. However, always remember when it’s your time to leave this world; it’s also your time to enter theirs in unification, as others will enter yours at their demise. You will not resemble who you were, nor will you know you ever existed in this life, but rest assure you will reunite and start your lives together again as completely different people in appearances, yet with the same heart and soul.’ by Al Bermudez July 14, 2012


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