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Born: Nov 28, 1936

Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2020

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It is with profound sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Calvin Johnston, aged 83, in the early morning hours of September 11, 2020.
Cal was born on November 28, 1936, at the old Grace General Hospital in Winnipeg, the only son of Helene Mae and Ralph Johnston. He grew up in the family home on Ingersoll Street, in the West End, with his sister Delores. He attended Greenway and General Wolfe schools, and then went to Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.
Following in his father's footsteps, Cal began his career in the automotive repair business in 1953, when he became an employee of Furby Motors and Supply Co. Ltd. It would be the beginning of over 40 years of continuous employment and result in a cherished friendship and close partnership with owner, Kenneth James Main 33°. Ken and Cal enjoyed many working years together, and under Ken's leadership, experienced great satisfaction as their joint efforts created long term success for the business.
On July 4, 1959, Cal wed the love of his life, Marilyn Pricilla Eager. Together, they enjoyed 56 years of marriage. Along the way they were blessed with two sons and a daughter; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. They established family homes in the Crestview and Whyte Ridge areas where many neighbours became life-long friends.
Masonry became an important part of Cal's life, starting in 1965 when he joined the St. James Masonic Lodge #121. He then became a member of The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1969, serving as Thrice Puissant Grand Master in 1982. Cal was awarded the Walter C. McDonald medal for Meritorious Service to Scottish Rite in 1990 and was elected to the office of Almoner in 1996, retiring in 2012. Cal received the distinct honour of being coroneted, an Honorary Inspectors General 33°, at the 1985 Supreme Council in Sessions in London, Ontario. Cal is a very proud member of the Royal Order of Scotland achieving the office of Provincial Grand Master in 2008. He was also a strong supporter of the Masons Care Program and volunteered a portion of his retirement time driving patients to and from cancer treatment centres.
Cal was predeceased by his parents, his sister, and in 2016, his wife Marilyn. He is survived by his sons, Bradley (Hazel) and Stephen (Barb); his daughter Barbara Jean (Johnny Froese); his grandsons, Trevor Johnston (Keanna), Keith Johnston, Cody Froese (Shai); his granddaughter Becca Blanke (Andy); and his great-granddaughters, Hadley Froese and Maisy Blanke.
A private service will be held by invitation only due to COVID restrictions. The service will be live streamed on Monday, September 21, 2020. Please go to to locate the obituary listing, where the link to the webcast will be found under the Photos and Videos tab. The family will be hosting a reception at a later date.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We only knew Cal through his daughter Barb, but know from those stories that he was a wonderful man and will be truly missed by all that knew him. Love and prayers to Barb, Johnny and family. - Posted by: Sheila and all at NWELC (Friends) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to the Johnston family. We have been neighbours of Cal in Whyte Ridge for a number of years. His presence will be missed on the street. We met many times on the edge of the driveway when he walked his dog Mac. Cal always had a smile followed by a good conversation. Rest in peace our friend. - Posted by: Rhoda and Sid Greenstone (Neighbour) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • I was the flower girl at Marilyn and Cal's wedding. I still have a vivid memory of dancing with Cal at the reception - standing on his feet as he twirled me around, laughing. I was 4 yrs old. Cal was a kind and caring person and quietly determined. He made the world a better place. My sincerest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Marilyn Nairn (friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • I have such wonderful and vivid memories of times spent with your family growing up, with special awareness of the bonds our parents shared. Cal was always there at Furby by my Dad's side. How many times he tolerated with a smile the Main kids running around the service desk?! Thinking of you at such a time of loss, he will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Penny Main (Le Lievre) (friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Brad, Hazel and families Please accept our deepest condolences in the loss of your father. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time Brad and Val Gaukel - Posted by: Brad and Val Gaukel (Friends ) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the family and all others who were close to Cal. There truly is a void on our street with Cal's passing. Cal's face always lit up when stopping to chat while taking my newborn son for stroller walks! His presence will be missed. - Posted by: Dean Zarrillo (Neighbour) on: Sep 19, 2020

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