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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James Johnston on
September 20. Brian was born in Lucknow on October 9, 1947, the second of
seven children JC and Joyce Johnston. Brian created a life in Lucknow through
hard work, dedication, and commitment. He attended George Brown college,
where he was recognized as the top student. He began his career as an ironworker
but later followed his passions in multiple directions, knowing that hard work and
dedication were the keys to being successful.
In 1969 he married Linda and they went on to have 3 children, Michelle (John),
Jamie (Stephanie), and Michael (Laura). Brian and Linda also devoted themselves
to their niece and nephew Steven (Laura) and Melissa (predeceased). Above all,
the role Brian took the most pride in was protector and caretaker of his family.
Like all his roles, he led by example, first to his siblings Tony, Donny, Murray,
Jocye Anne, Sandra and Brenda (predeceased) and then later on with his own
family, including 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, whom he was
affectionately known to as Papa.
Brian believed in doing a job properly, a belief he passed onto not only his family
but all that had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. Brian also believed
in giving back to his community; he was a founding and charter member of the
Lucknow Kinsmen, a respected member of the Oak Shriners Club in London and
the Masonic Lodge Lucknow. He was always happy to lend a hand to anyone who
Known for his quick wit, Brian brought a smile to all those who knew him, and all
were welcome at the home on Havelock. He will be forever missed, and his
memory will live on in all those who loved him.
“Goodnight, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
A come and go celebration of life will be held at the Lucknow Legion on Tuesday September 26, 2023 from 4-7 PM with memories shared at 5 PM. Following the memories and service at 5 PM all are welcome to continue the come and go visitation until 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wingham Hospital Foundation.
Please select one of the family's preferred charities:
Our condolences Linda and all the family on the passing of Brian. He was a great friend to us for over 58 years and we will miss him for sure. Thoughts and prayers are with you all and cherish all those wonderful memories made over the years.
Message from diane Wartnaby2023-09-22 13:06:29
Linda, so sorry for your loss, deepest sympathy to all the family.
Linda and families:
My deepest condolences to all. I had not seen Brian in many years but I do have fond memories of his smiling face, and always saying a friendly hello. May you find comfort in the memories you have created.