Harold Taylor JOHNSTONE

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JOHNSTONE, Harold Taylor May 18, 1924 - Sep 24, 2013 . Harold passed away in Nanaimo, BC on September 24, 2013 at 89 years of age. He was the youngest of six, born to Christopher and Catherine (nee Taylor) Johnstone in Little Britain, Manitoba. The family's social life revolved around the Little Britain United Church which was built by Harold's great-grandfather, John Clouston. Harold joined the RCAF in 1943 and trained as a pilot. After the war he joined the RCAF Auxiliary and flew PSi Mustangs with the 442 Squadron in Vancouver and 403 Squadron in Calgary. In 1963 he settled in Winnipeg where he married Elsie.Their home was a gathering place for family and friends. Harold's career was in credit and finance where he managed several companies and credit unions in Western Canada. In 1984 he retired from the Manitoba civil service as Director of Credit Unions. He and Elsie moved to Brentwood Bay, BC in 1985. Their fishing boat toured all the southern inlets and their motor home toured North America. In 1992 they moved to Nanaimo, BC where together they delivered Meals-On-Wheels and Harold volunteered at the Vancouver Island Military Museum where his interest in history and people led him to interview and document the stories of several local war heroes. Harold is pre-deceased by his brother, Cecil; sisters Edna Holland, Margaret Wilkinson, Ray Gray; daughter Laurel Diane. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elsie; son Donald (Nat) of Victoria; grandchildren Taylor, Noelle and Elodie; sister, Isabel Bonell and numerous nieces and nephews. No service by request. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the charity of your choice. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the residence, 6200 Dover Road, on Sunday October 6 at 2PM to celebrate Harold's love of life and our love of Harold, He will be missed. Condolences may be offered at telfordn@shaw.ca Telford's of Nanaimo 250-591-6644
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2013
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