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Thornton E. Johnston Obituary
Johnston, Thornton E.
Sep. 27, 1925 - Oct. 12, 2013
Thornton "Tom" E. Johnston, of Placida, Florida and Newbury, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Saturday morning at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA surrounded by his family.
Born in Milford, Maine, September 27, 1925, he was the son of the late Loren and Geneva (Dunphy) Johnston, graduating from Old Town High School and the University of Maine.
He was a proud veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving with the United States Army.
As an insurance analyst, Tom pursued a 32 year career with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company first in New York City and then for many years in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Tom was an avid Boston Red Sox fan his whole life and rarely missed a chance to catch their broadcast. Tom was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, initially in Old Town, Maine.
In his retirement, Tom and his wife moved to Placida, Florida, enjoying their winter months in Florida and then returned to their home at Plum Island in Newbury. Over the years, Tom and Joan vacationed in many countries and locales visiting historical sites.
His family, who loved him so dearly, includes his wife, Joan (Hilchey) Johnston of Placida, FL; his sons, Steve Johnston and wife Patricia of Niskayuna, NY; Mark Johnston and wife Debra of St. Petersburg, FL and his daughter, Gail Poirier of Pleasanton, CA; his seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his sister, Kay Conway and husband Will of Waterville, ME along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Daniel Poirier.
Services for the family will take place at a later time in Placida, Florida. Local arrangements are by the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.

Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2013
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