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JOHNSTON, Robert Lewis

Johnston, Robert
Robert Lewis Johnston, 1926-2018. (via Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services)

It is with profound sadness and crocodile tears that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather on Dec. 12, 2018, at 92 years of age.

Dad was preceded by his wife Terri, brothers Don and Harley, sisters Marie and Agnes, along with some in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Damian Johnston, (Shawn), Cindy Powell, Danielle Jenkins (Gregg Hamson) and Kim Kisyel; his grandchildren, Dustin Johnston (Kayla), Brandee Johnston, Dallas Johnston, Tyler Johnston, Jacob Powell, Lewis Jenkins (Amy), Kazden Kisyel and Kianna Kisyel; great-grandson Harvey Jenkins;  brothers Chuck Johnston and Jim Johnston ; sister Patricia Johnston and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Dad was born in Coleman, Alta. to Daniel and Isabelle Johnston Sept. 1, 1926, he was the third eldest of eight. They later moved to Calgary where dad attended school and followed his passion to be an electrician. Dad met the love of his life at church one day and they wed in December 1955 and moved their family to Kamloops in 1965. 

Dad joined IBEW electrical union and worked in the Queen Charlotte’s pulp mill in Kamloops, Mica Dam and Revelstoke Dam. He was a hardworking man that took great pride in his trade. Semi-retired, dad worked at St. Ann’s Academy in maintenance. Dad loved to play cards, crib, poker, 31 and a new game his brother Don taught him called golf and nothing went better with cards than a tall cool dark rum and Pepsi and his fabulous sense of humour. Dad loved a good joke and his sharp wit certainly kept us all on our toes. His love of hitting the links was a true passion and when he wasn’t on the course, he was watching it on TV and never missed the Masters. 

Dad was a gentleman and a gentle man who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to thank the nurses at RIH on 7 North and 4 North for their kindness and caring for dad over six months. We would also like to extend our immense gratitude to the nurses, staff and volunteers at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice for their kindness, gentle care and compassion for dad. You are angels.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 3rd and Nicola Street, Kamloops.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice in dad’s name. 

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