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Howard V. Johnston

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MANCHESTER -- Mr. Howard Vaness Johnston, 95, a resident of School Street, died Friday morning, March 4, 2005, at Crescent Manor Care Centers in Bennington.

Born in South Dorset on May 6,1909, he was the son of the late William R. and Edith O. (Blackmer) Johnston. He attended schools in Dorset and Manchester.

Mr. Johnston served in the U.S. Army in Japan from March 12, 1945 to Oct. 22, 1946 during World War II. He was married to Ida Smith on Jan. 11, 1939. She died in November 1970. Mr. Johnston began his career in Scarsdale, N.Y., where he worked as a journeyman mason for four years. Once he became a union mason, he returned to Manchester working throughout the area as a mason all of his life.

He was also well known as a caddy at Equinox and Ekwanok Country Clubs. He was known for offering his home and assistance to many old friends and young people who were in need. Though he was not fond of his nickname, he was known as “Dynamite Johnston” by many. He was a life member of the Harned Fowler Post of the V.F.W., Manchester.

He is survived by his two daughters Sylvia E. Richards of Manchester and Wanda A. Webster and husband Roger Webster of Arlington; five grandchildren, John H. Webster and his wife Michelle of Raymond, Wash., Tammy A. Webster of Manchester, Angela S. Webster of Pownal, Edward H. Hopkins of Manchester, Robert C. Hopkins and his wife Gail of Dorset; nine great-grandchildren, Zachary Vaness, Joel Zoufaly, Forest and Jared Hopkins and Alexandra, Josiah, Hannah, Micah and Jeremiah Webster. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert Johnston.

Graveside services will be held in the family lot in Factory Point Cemetery in the spring. There are no calling hours at Brewster Funeral Service.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Johnston may be made to the Manchester Rescue Squad in care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255.

To send condolences to the family of Howard V. Johnston, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 5, 2005
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