William (Harold) Johnston

May 27, 1927 to February 13, 2019


Passed peacefully away at the age of 91, surrounded by the love of his family, William (Harold) Johnston of Goulds.

Left to mourn with so many happy memories, his loving wife of 63 years, Margaret (nee Everard). His devoted daughter, Linda and son in law, George Rideout. His dearly loved grandchildren, Megan (Marshall), Stacie (Will), and Shaun, Also mourning, his sister Eva Walsh, (Jim – deceased), sisters in law, Mary Leonard (Cosmas – deceased), Peggy Everard (Gerald – deceased), as well as many nieces and nephews. Special mention to close friends Linda Sullivan and Ted Condon for their support, as well as the St. Kevin’s Saturday choir members.

Harold is predeceased by his infant son, Neil, his parents May and Charles, siblings and their spouses; Gordon (Rita), Arthur (Jenny), Alfreda Saunders (Mike), Millie Clowe (John), Kittie Clowe (Joseph), brothers in law, John (Dot), Dennis Everard, niece Connie Everard, and nephew Craig Johnston.

Harold had a long and happy life with Margaret. Linda, George and their children, were the light of his life. A huge supporter in every way, from cheering at sporting events, to showing us how to cast a line, or simply being our taxi service, Grampa was always there.


He and Marg decided three years ago to move to Ruby Manor Retirement Home, from their home in Goulds. Thanks so much to the staff there for their care and support. Very special thank you to the Health Care team Harold relied on, who provided such great care over the last few years. Dr. Gary Rideout, Dr. Patrick Parfrey and the Kidney Care Clinic, Community Health Nurse Sharon Nurse, Pharmacist Andrew Hiscock, St. Clare’s Emergency Department and Medical floors, especially 7 West, who cared for him in his final days.


Resting peacefully at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. Visitation hours will be from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 and 2-9 p.m. on Friday, February 15. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. from St. Kevin’s Church. Cremation to follow.

Flowers accepted or donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation of Canada.



4-9 p.m. on February 14, 2019

2-9 p.m. on February 15, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Saturday February 16th

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Marg, linda, George, Eva, and all the Johnston and Everard families. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this very difficult time. Harold was such a kind and loving man. He always had a smile. It was a pleasure to meet him. May God bless you all now and give you strength. I am sure you will take great comfort from all your happy memories.

Stacie and family , so sorry to hear of your grandfather’s passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda, George and family. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Although we can’t be with you at the final celebration of his very good life, you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences to you all as well as to your mom. Remember,. your many happy memories are something even death cannot take away.
Gaye and Eugene

Linda, George and Family: So sorry for your loss and our sincere condolence of the passing of your Dad. May your memories of him and your times together console you all during these difficult days.

Thinking of you guys, take care.

Gerard and Janice White

Linda , George and family. Sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad. Always remember him to be kind ,gentle and sweet person as is your Mom. Please pass along condolences to your Mom for me too.RIP Mr. Johnston.

To the Johnston and Everard Family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. May the memories of the happy times with him help during these sad days. Thinking of you all, take care.
Gordon and Marilyn Ford

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Linda. Hold you memories near and dear to your heart…He was always sweet to me whenever I saw him and your Mom…..

Aunt Eva, Aunt Marg, Linda and family
May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always, the strength in the companionship of those who share your great loss. Uncle Harold was a very special man and will sadly missed.

Linda and family, so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. I know he will be missed. Rosanne and Vince

Those of us in our 50s and 60s are facing an all too familiar occurance – the slow and seemingly steady loss of the generation who raised us. One by one we are saying fair well to the best generation that has ever lived. These are the individuals that lived through much adversity and hardship…who appreciated the simplest things in life that we have come to take for granted… and never sweated the small things. Individuals who loved us and made our worlds safe and secure and complete. Folks who found humour and happiness sometimes in impossible situations …who knew civility…opened doors and smiled at strangers. Harold represents all that is good about this generation. I have much love and respect for this wonderful human. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him earlier this week. My hands were cold as they so often are, he warmed them…thanks Harold.

My heart felt condolences go out to you Eva.
I know how you loved your brother. Take solace in all the happy memories of your childhood and
all the good times with your brothers and sisters.
They are all reunited now in heaven,
May he Rest In Peace.

To Aunt Marg, Linda, George and the Johnston family:
Please accept our thoughts and prayers for Uncle Harold, who was very special to us over the years. We will miss him dearly, and celebrate his life as one full of love and family. We are left with treasured memories of so many visits with him and his vast knowledge of the family tree, as well as his appetite for a good feed of Central Nfld rabbits.
Linda,Colin and I join with you to say farewell to a very special and wonderful man who we will always remember with love.

Let us celebrate the life and impact of William (Harold) Johnston, having influenced our individual and collective lives spanning near a century. My gawd, how extraordinary … to have contributed so much, so gradually, so humbly, so gently, so profoundly.

Of the handful of humans in my life who have moved so materially the fabric of my being, Harold Johnston ranks near to that of my own Dad; and that, perhaps, may be a matter of some debate.

Let us remember … remember always, and take comfort and solace in having been privileged to have know him. Godspeed Uncle …

Linda and family,so saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing.He was a true gentleman and always had a smile and good word.I know he will be sadly missed by you all.May he rest in peace

So sorry to hear of your loss. My Condolences to Family and Friends