John Johnston

May 27, 1934 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

John Johnston Obituary

John Johnston died the evening of November 4th 2023 at the age of 89 years old in Nanaimo Hospital on Vancouver Island. He leaves behind his wife of well over 60 years, Rosemary Johnston (nee Boothman), children Karen (Andrew) Smith and Stephen (Sheila) Johnston and grandkids Wesley and Kinsey (David Culp) Smith and Teagan and Callie Johnston.

John was born in Scotland in 1934 and immigrated to Canada in 1957 aboard The Empress of Britain. He brought to Canada an amazing ability to laugh, to entertain, to party and to work. Starting with nothing, he and Rosemary built a highly successful plumbing business. John had an amazing sense of humour, an ability to make friends no matter where he was, an acute entrepreneurial business sense, and a desire to provide his kids with opportunities (playing soccer and hockey, swimming, doing gymnastics, figure skating and camping out) that had never been available to him during his youth. He was proudest of his ability to fix up and renovate just about anything. He turned every basement he ever owned into a shrine to the ‘Old Sod’, complete with Lion Rampant flags, a Johnston family Shield (Motto: Never Unprepared), and a shillelagh (after all, Rosemary is Irish). He built a camper that sat on the back of his pickup truck and with which we explored all of northern Ontario and much of Quebec, the Maritimes and the Eastern seaboard all the way down to the Keys of Southern Florida.

As Scottish as he was, John was fiercely proud of being a citizen of Canada. Woe be the person who tried to sit through the playing of our national anthem in John’s presence. He never tired of showing off the country that provided for him and his family. He must have taken a thousand trips to Canada’s iconic Niagara Falls with British relatives and family friends (and kids) in tow. John loved his wife, his kids, his son-in-law Andrew and daughter-in-law Sheila, his grandkids, his golf and his accordion. He will be missed by all who knew him and who benefited from his generosity of spirit.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held on Thursday, December 14th, 2023 from 2 to 4 pm at Eaglecrest Golf and Country Club

2035 Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, BC Canada V9K 1G1.

Drinks and snacks will be served.

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Celebration of Life
December 14, 2023

2:00 PM
Eaglecrest Golf and Country Club (2035 Island Highway, Qualicum Beach)


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