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BRYAN JOHNSTON

Born: Dec 05, 1938

Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2017

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BRYAN JOHNSTON 1938 - 2017 Sadly, we announce the passing of Bryan Johnston on September 16, 2017, at the age of 78 years. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Mary-Jo in 1969 at age six years, his parents Jack and Mary Johnston, and his brothers-in-law Gar Ash, Vince Kavic, Charlie McDonald and Ron Chabot. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Norma Dawn (Charlton), his sons Chad (Heather) and Ryan (Allison Robertson) and his cherished granddaughters Carlin and Rorie who affectionately called him "Old Dad". Bryan will be missed by his brother Jack (Patti), sisters Marlene Ash, Trudy Chabot, Donna McDonald and Lynn Carmichael (Bill), as well as Norma's brother George Charlton (Keiko See). "Uncle Bud" had a close relationship with his nieces and nephews who suffered his endless teasing over the years. Bryan was born December 5, 1938 at the family farm in the West Prospect Area (Portage la Prairie), the fourth child of Jack and Mary (Will) Johnston. He received his education at West Prospect School, St. Mary's and Portage la Prairie Collegiate. He started work with Manitoba Power Commission in 1956, at age 17, as a lineman trainee. Upon receiving his Journeyman Lineman's certification, he worked in Selkirk and Steinbach as an Assistant District Supervisor. In 1970, while stationed in Steinbach, he was taking training in Winnipeg as an Engineering Technician when he was involved in a car accident which left him a quadriplegic. Following six months of rehabilitation, Bryan and family moved to Brandon where he returned to work with the Brandon Operations Section of Manitoba Hydro. He retired in July, 1996, after 40 years of service as the Capital Expenditure Accountant in the Financial Planning Section Western Region. After retirement, Bryan and Norma moved to Winnipeg to live closer to family, sharing in regular and frequent social gatherings with them. Family was all important to him and he became interested in tracing his roots, completing a "Will" family history with his cousin Bob Taylor and a "Johnston" family history with cousins Charlie Stafford, Dennis Johnston and Joe Evans. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie. Respects can be extended as we celebrate and honour his life at an informal, come and go reception for family and friends at the Viscount Gort Hotel (Royal B Ballroom), 1670 Portage Avenue on Thursday, September 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations in his memory gratefully acknowledged to The Winnipeg Children's Hospital, 640 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z3, or The Canadian Paraplegic Association, Manitoba Division, 825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Bryan's family at this most difficult time! Keep all of the wonderful memories close to your hearts!! Sincerely, Jim & Marg - Posted by: Marg (Rutledge) & Jim Pragnell (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2017

  • Thinking of you Lynn and family at this emotional time. I know how much you loved your brother! xo Love Iris and Lou, Lou and Susan and our whole family. - Posted by: Iris Kennedy (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2017

  • I am happy that I was able to visit Bryan and Norma Dawn recently; we tend to put these things off and we shouldn't. Your home was always warm and welcoming and we will miss your laughter and opinions on current affairs. I am neither religious nor Catholic so I don't know the criteria for saint hood but I'm pretty sure Norma Dawn meets or exceeds them. Rest in peace cousin. - Posted by: Dennis Johnston (cousin) on: Sep 19, 2017

  • We were truly honoured to have spent time with Bryan and you Norma Dawn in July during our visit to Winnipeg. I remember the researching for the family tree, trips to the archives in Toronto with my Dad and all the phone calls piecing it together. My Dad often reminisced about his days in Portage La Prairie, on the farm and his family. There were so many nicknames that we often were not sure who was who. Bryan looked great when we saw him and I am sure that was a testament to the fabulous care from you, his adoring wife and partner. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. Take care and know that we are thinking of you. Sincerely Kathy (Evans), Craig and Natasha Pearson - Posted by: Kathy (Evans), Craig and Natasha Pearson (Daughter to cousin George Evans) on: Sep 19, 2017

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