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GERALD ERNEST JOHNSTON

Born: Apr 22, 1947

Date of Passing: Apr 23, 2021

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GERALD ERNEST JOHNSTON
April 22, 1947 - April 23, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Gerald after a short but very courageous battle with cancer.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Kim (Brent), and Lee Ann (Lorne); and grandchildren, Lexi, Aiden and Brady. He is also survived by his sisters, Doreen (Barry) and Donna (Larry), many nieces and nephews, and his wife's family that were extremely close to Gerald, as well as numerous friends.
Gerald was predeceased in 2017 by his loving wife Joann, after 48 years of marriage.
Gerald easily made friends and was always seen with a smile on his face, often heard laughing and just loved to joke around with anyone, anytime. He took interest in many different hobbies throughout his life especially drawing and painting, but travelling with his wife was his true passion and they explored many places around the world together. One of his proudest moments was when he was offered the opportunity to share his impeccable welding skills while residing in Holland for six months. The highlight of his time there was when Joann joined him and they explored Europe together.
Gerald was a dedicated employee of New Flyer Industries for an impressive 40 years of service, during that time he was late only once, after that, he reported to work or anywhere else he was required to be at least an hour early, too early at times, such as him leaving us here on earth.
Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

Transcona Funeral Chapel
(204)222-5516
www.transconafuneralchapel.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 01, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Gerald was a great guy to work with, always had a smile and a hearty laugh. I enjoyed the relationship we had during my time at Flyer/New Flyer in Transcona. I am sorry to hear of his passing. RIP, Gerry. - Posted by: Ross Watson (Co-worker) on: May 09, 2021

  • I had many fantastic years working with Gerald as a co-worker he was relied upon greatly for his knowledge and his work ethic, we had many laughs and it was enjoyable to come to work and work with him. He was the lead hand in bench weld for many years and he was relied upon by many co-workers. - Posted by: Michael Deley (co-worker) on: May 03, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Gerald's family, sister Donna & (Larry). Only having known Gerald for several years (CFS) as a vehicle transporter, the many trips to TORONTO and back I enjoyed his company and humor. My sympathy in your loss. - Posted by: BILL G FAST (friend and co-worker at Canadian Fleet Services) on: May 02, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Gerald's family and friends. Gerald was my leadhand in the weld shop at New Flyer and very helpful in my introduction to the department. I bumped into him frequently in the KP food court having coffee. God Bless, Ron Campbell - Posted by: Ron Campbell (Friend/co-worker at New Flyer) on: May 01, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gerald. Gerald and I were co-workers at NFI as well as the union representatives (CAIMAW, CAW, UNIFOR - local 3003) for the workers. Gerald was well respected by all; he enjoyed and was proud of his profession as a welder. Although gone Gerald will not be forgotten. Take care and stay safe, Tony Zienkiewicz UNIFOR - Local 3003, Winnipeg - Posted by: Tony Zienkiewicz (Co-worker and union brother) on: May 01, 2021

  • A very nice gentleman whom I knew thru my restaurant in a KP. Am so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. Rest In Peace Gerald. - Posted by: Grant Tymchuk (Friend from Kildonan Place ) on: May 01, 2021

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