Margot Johnston

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Margot Johnston Jan 7, 1927-Feb 7, 2013 Aged 86 on February 7, 2013 at home with family. She was the daughter of Harry O. McCurry, a former director of the National Gallery of Canada, and Dorothy Lampman McCurry, a professional singing teacher. Wife of the late Antony (Tony) M. Johnston, she is survived by her sons, David, Iain, and Andrew, and by their partners Renza Pelkey, Felicity Lufkin, and Bettina Koschade, and by her wonderful grandchildren Jennie, Billy, Kali, Hali, and Matti, as well as by family in Scotland (the Redmonds) and in Canada (the Reids, the Sibbalds, the Watts, and the Webbs). Margot was Tony's devoted wife and partner, and a loving and supportive mother to her sons. Although she focused her time and energy on her family, she was also talented in the arts, having grown up in an Ottawa home open to poets, artists, and musicians foundational to the Canadian cultural scene. For a time before she was married she taught art to children in a school run by Arthur Lismer. She met Tony, a young architect from Edinburgh, in 1951 and they fell instantly in love. Together they raised their sons in a warm and welcoming home in Kingsmere, Quebec, urging them, by example, to respect high standards and the welfare of others. After Tony's passing, with great courage and sense of adventure she moved to San Francisco for a time to work as a librarian in a home for Christian Scientists. In recent years she moved back to the Gatineau Hills to a house she had built especially to be close to family (more details of the house and her life can be found in the February issue of the Ottawa Magazine). Deep thanks to all those who took such gentle care of her over the past few months. The family will hold a private memorial.


Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2013
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