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John W. Johnston


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John W. Johnston Obituary
John W. Johnston, age 90, passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at The Lodge in Mills River North Carolina. Going by "Jackie" for most of his life, he was born April 7, 1926 on Long Island, the son of the late John and Bessie Johnston.
Jack was proud to join the Navy and became a signalman on a WWII Minesweeper vessel in the South Pacific. After marrying his wife, Virginia ("Ginny"), he became a psychiatric nurse and later was the Director of Nursing for Central Islip State Hospital and a avid member of the Central Islip Fire Department. Jack and Ginny have 4 children, Jeffrey, Marianne, John and Kerry. Jack was also a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus, and a former member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
After retiring to Hendersonville, NC, he was an ardent usher and active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Jackie and Ginny loved to travel, and their adventures took them all over the world.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, his son Jeffrey, daughter Marianne and her life partner Angela, youngest son John and his wife Laura, and youngest daughter Kerry.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016 in the Our Lady of Angels Chapel of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the St. Francis Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Mr. John W. Johnston's memory be sent to the Hendersonville Rescue Mission, 639 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Sept. 25, 2016
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