Sebring, Fla – Donald Robert Johnston, 84, of Sebring, Fla., Died on October 6, 2021 in Sebring, Fla. Born January 29, 1937 in Northampton, Massachusetts, Mr. Johnston was the son of the late Donald Francis Johnston and the late Blandine G. (Poulin) Johnston. He has lived in Easthampton, MA for 20 years, Pittsfield, MA for 10 years, Nashua, NH for 34 years and for the past 20 years retired with his wife in Sebring, Florida. He was educated in Easthampton, MA and graduated from Easthampton High School in 1956. He graduated from General Electric Company’s Mechanical Drafting Apprenticeship in 1959. He served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard and Air Force Force Reserve and was a licensed private pilot and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Nashua, NH Civil Air Patrol for many years. Don was a mechanical engineer and loved his job. His greatest passions were flying and all that was mechanical. His favorite hobbies included RVing, motorcycling, auto racing, snowmobiling, boating, cross-country skiing, and photography.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Julia Ann (Edmunds) (Marrin) Johnston; ex-spouse Nancy E. (Mendel) Gomes and husband Jack Gomes of Hernando, FL; sisters, Alice (Johnston) Brin, Pearl (Johnston) Gouin and her husband Roland Gouin of Bradenton, FL; son, Christopher Donald Johnston and wife, Jacqueline (Garcia) Johnston of Shalimar, Florida; daughter, Bonnie Lynne (Johnston) Harrington and husband Glen Harrington of Pepperell, MA; stepson, Kenneth Eugene Marrin and wife Wendy Yun Miao of Melbourne Beach, FL; stepdaughters, Patricia Ann Marrin of Lynnfield, MA and Kathleen Marie Marrin (Gallagher) McCoy of Nashua, NH; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Irene Johnston, his daughter-in-law Jennifer J. Marrin and his brother-in-law Kenneth Brin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made on her behalf to Humane Society in Sebring. A funeral Mass will be held at the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Sebring, FL on November 10, 2021 at 11:00 am. A Christian burial and mass will be celebrated in Nashua, NH on a date to be determined.
Arrangements entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home 4001 Sebring Parkway Sebring, FL 33870 Online condolences can be placed at: www.stephensonnelsonfh.com
Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on October 23, 2021.