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Born: Sep 03, 1929

Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2017

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J. FRANK JOHNSTON September 3, 1929 - February 7, 2017 It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of J. Frank. He will be greatly missed by his wife Hazel of 66 years; his children, Robyn Johnston, Scott (Karen) Johnston, Donna (Eugene) Matlashewski; nine grandchildren, Jay (Erin), Colin, Reid, Cam, Steven (Sara), Brett (Mike), Bryce (Laura), Mackenzie, Teghan (René); two great-granddaughters, Claire and Emily, extended family and friends. J. Frank was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. He demonstrated a strong love and commitment to community service, as alderman/deputy mayor in St. James from 1964 to 1972 and as Progressive Conservative (PC) provincial MLA from 1969 to 1988. He served in Sterling Lyon's government as Minister responsible for the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation and Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. His love of community extended to numerous other activities including playing Santa for many years at Mount Carmel Clinic, Y.M.C.A and others. In recognition of his contributions, Mandeville Park on Ness Avenue was re-named in his honor in 2011. He attended St. John's College, was past president of the Assiniboine Golf Club, member of the St. Charles Country Club and also member of the Sturgeon Creek Masonic Lodge. J. Frank along with his wife Hazel established and operated a successful family business, JFJ Agency, for many years. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family, from attending numerous grandchildren's concerts, events and hockey games to helping his children and grandchildren in countless other ways. His other passions included curling, golf and relaxing and socializing at the family cabin at Clear Lake. A Celebration of J. Frank's Life will take place on Thursday February 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Drive.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 11, 2017

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Hazel- I am so sorry for your loss. Frank was a great guy and I always enjoyed seeing you too at Sunday brunch with my mom and dad, Mary and Jack MacIver. You are in my prayers and thoughts! - Posted by: Jackie Dragojevic (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2017

  • I was truly shocked and deeply saddened to read this only tonight as I was surfing the web. I wish I had known of Frank's passing prior to the service as I definitely would have been there to pay my respects. I have so many wonderful memories spanning the last fifty years of the entire Johnston family ... mostly at Clear lake and the old campgrounds!. I got to visit with Frank last summer at Clear Lake a couple of times and I am so glad for that!! Although I knew he was getting on in years he seemed ageless and still very vital!! Great man and a life well lived. Love to all of Johnstons on your loss and my deepest sympathy. Sincerely Donna Harrowen. - Posted by: Donna Harrowen (Family Friend ) on: Apr 20, 2017

  • So many memories of hanging out at the Johnston's from the time we were wee ones through our teenage years and into our young adulthood; I can't share them all. The time we destroyed the backyard with our mud water slides and J. Frank came home and boy did we get in trouble; but we were always welcome back. Playing on the pipes in the basement like they were monkey bars. Christmas Eve in the Dining Room, J. Frank getting me up to dance the polka, his good natured teasing, many meals, many sleep-overs, many memories. We knew the Johnston house like we knew our own houses. So wonderful to see J. Frank and Hazel dance and enjoy themselves at the Linwood School Reunion. Thanks for the memories. My heartfelt condolences to Hazel, Robyn, Scott, and Donna. - Posted by: Julie Medlicott Creasey (friend) on: Mar 25, 2017

  • Sincerest condolences to Hazel and family on the passing of J.Frank. Dad considered him a close friend ,and we spent many Grey owl golf tourneys visiting @ the Clear Lake cabin. I will remember his hospitality and sense of humour most. RIP. The Blake family. - Posted by: Darren Blake (Friend) on: Feb 15, 2017

  • Scott/Hazel - My thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time. I will dearly miss my phone conversations with Frank. He was a true professional, but also kind, considerate and funny. I will always treasure the mittens he sent to my coworkers and me during the Olympics. A lot of topics were covered in our 15 years of calls, but the one thing that was certain was that he valued his family above all. I feel very lucky to have known him. - Posted by: Teresa Hoeft (Coworker/Friend) on: Feb 14, 2017

  • We were all so saddened to hear of Mr. Johnston's passing. For many of us that grew up in St. James, the Johnston's home was "our home away from home". It was our place of gathering, our place of laughter and the place where we all explored our teenage years together. So many special, happy, life lasting memories were made in their beautiful home. Although there were times when I am sure J Frank wanted us all to go away, we were all welcomed... all the time. This in itself made Hazel and J Frank so incredibly special and oh so patient. J Frank's accomplishments were great and he lived a full life. His legacy will live on in his children and grandchildren. Throughout the years, our family's connections have continued through politics and our children being connected through school and community. On behalf of many of us teenage brats that just wouldn't go away..., we thank you Mr. J for the many memories you allowed us all to have in your home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hazel, Robin, Donna and all of the family at this time. May your loving memories keep you all strong together. xo Janice Cook (Shipley) Currier Friend to Scott and Donna through our growing years and Community neighbor to Robin in River Heights. - Posted by: Janice Cook (Shipley) Currier (Friend) on: Feb 14, 2017

  • Dear Johnston Family: We were so saddened to read of Frank's sudden passing. He was such a fine man. We can only imagine how much he will be missed by all of you. Deepest sympathy at this very sad time. Sincerely Doug and Vicky (Harrowen) Deprez - Posted by: Vicky and Doug Deprez (Family friends) on: Feb 14, 2017

  • Hazel, Robyn, Scott and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. I have known Frank for many years both through his political years and as a "neighbour" at the lake. Frank could always be counted on for a great conversation on the politics of the day. The world is a better place because of his many contributions and he will be greatly missed. Diane and Bill - Posted by: Diane Squair and Bill Kichak (Rob Grain's Mom) () on: Feb 13, 2017

  • Dear Hazel and Family, So sorry to hear of J. Frank's passing. We have known J. Frank and you for many years, since Sterling's government. J. Frank always spoke to us every time we were in the same room, always with sincerity, respect and a warm smile. We certainly appreciated his friendship and yours over those many years. Please accept our condolences at this time, we know you will all miss him very much. Dale and Fonda - Posted by: Dale and Fonda Smeltz (Friends) on: Feb 12, 2017

  • Having worked from Alberta with Frank and Hazel for the last 20 years, I remember Frank as a positive, happy gentleman and regarded my conversations about work and politics as fun and insightful. From my family to all of the many Johnstons we have been involved with in JFJ Agency our deepest condolences. Frank will truly be missed. - Posted by: Sheldon (Freind/co-worker) on: Feb 12, 2017

  • Growing up with Scott and a large group of friends, the Johnston house was our regular meeting place for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston showed so much kindness and patience to a large group of boisterous teens. All of us developed huge respect and affection for the Johnston's and are deeply saddened by Mr. Johnston's passing. He was an exceptional man and a great role model. - Posted by: Art McCoubrey (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2017

  • I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Frank's passing. While there may have been many years between visits, he was always a favourite of mine and always had a funny story to share. - Posted by: Leslie Hutchings (Great-Niece) on: Feb 11, 2017

  • Dear Hazel, my thoughts are with You and your Family. You have my Sincere Condolences. - Posted by: Lucille Hutchinson (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2017

  • Our thoughts are with the family at this tough time. I had the pleasure of working with Mr Johnston for 17 years. He was the perfect gentleman, classy, great sense of humour and a man of his word. If Mr Johnston told you he was going to do something, you knew it would be done. He was very well respected in the city and entire province. I will miss our conversations in the kitchen on pay day. We always had great conversations on what was happening in the world. - Posted by: Mike Mooney (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2017

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