JOHNSTON, William E. 89, born in Brooklyn, NY, April 1, 1923, died in Largo on Jan, 7, 2013. William was born and raised in Brooklyn after graduating from college, he joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII. After his duties in the service, he and his wife, Doris moved to Massapequa Long Island, NY. He became a watch maker, jeweler and opened a jewelry store in 1948 in Seaford Long Island, NY, named, William Johnston Jewelers. Later he moved to Pinellas County, FL, semi-retired until opening Johnston Jewelers, in Seminole, FL, in 1972, officially retiring at the age of 85. He is survived by his sons, Douglas Johnston, Wayne Johnston and daughter Sherry Johnston; grandson, Grant Johnston; three great- grandsons, Blake, Gavin and Talen, and Margaret Bennetts his longtime significant other for over 16 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday Jan. 11, 2013, at 4 pm at the Anona United Methodist Church 13233 Indian Rocks Rd Largo, FL. Donations in his Memory may be made to Suncoast Hospice www.mossfeasterlargo.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 9, 2013