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Jay Johnstone was a versatile outfielder who won a World Series title with the Dodgers and the Yankees.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sep. 29, 2020.
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October 5, 2020
Our prayers and thoughts to the family. This I send on behalf of our family and the students and parents that knew you and your family at S.S. Felicitas and Perpetua elementary school. May your family find the strength to move forward each day. With love from the Weeks family.
Jamie Weeks
Friend
October 5, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Devon
October 4, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Jay was an incredible person and athlete. I have so many great memories of him playing, and he was such a great person. Please accept my deepest sympathies, I am praying that his family finds comfort in all the wonderful memories of him.
October 4, 2020
Jay was the best and had a real passion for life. He'll be greatly missed. I send my condolences to his family and friends. I'm praying that the God of all creation comforts and provides them with strength and peace of mind during this difficult time.
Bob Seville
October 3, 2020
Jay was a great person who when he came east always called me ,he treated me and my buddies to a Yankees game and also gave my babe Ruth team a free clinic.just a great person and I will miss him greatly.jay would call you just to see how you and the family were doing, especially around holiday.jay RIP you now have the best seat in the house to watch baseball.you are a great person.
Arnidis
Friend
October 3, 2020
Jim Arnidis
Friend
October 3, 2020
Mary Jayne and Mary Jayne Sarah,

Please accept our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Jay was one of our favorite players. We were lucky enough to meet him a few times at Dodger events.

Best Wishes, The Rice Family- San Pedro

Greg, Paula, Jay and Will
October 3, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Jay in 1984 when I was a 14 year old Cubs fan. He was not only my favorite player, he was a great mentor and role model. I am glad I got to speak to him in recent years. I am sending love to you all in this difficult time.
CAROLYN (Sue) GUBRUD
Friend
October 2, 2020
My condolences to the family first. I remember jay when he was sponsoring softball tournaments, meet and talked to him a few times very down to earth person, it’s so sad to hear of his passing. Jay loved his sports, he loved being out there with fans, it’s so sad. Jay RIP.
Terry Williams
Friend
October 2, 2020
My condolence to Jay Johnstone’s Wife Maryjane and Daughter Maryjane His sister and brother in-law I have many good memories of Jay and Maryjane
Michael Picano
Friend
October 2, 2020
My condolences go out to the Johnston’s family. Jay will be missed by his family and fans.
Taylor
October 1, 2020
Thoughts and Prayers to the family.
October 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember when Jay played for the Phillies and again as an announcer.
Russ Harden
October 1, 2020
So sorry to hear Jay died. Prayers and warm wishes to you. Bill and Helen Henry
October 1, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to Jay Johnstone’s family and friends. May God who comforts all who are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit be a refuge for you at this extremely difficult time.
October 1, 2020
Met Jay when he was with the Dodgers in Philly. Caught a foul ball off his bat and had him sign it after the game. What a character , always laughing and enjoying life. So saddened to learn of his passing. Prayers for his Family and friends. I bet he's already playing on his " Field of Dreams" Stay Johnstone Strong
Dave Stuber
Acquaintance
October 1, 2020
I read Jay's books over and over and over as a middle schooler. To this day, I remember his pranks, his writing, his stories of getting pizza delivered as a soldier, his changing of Lasorda's tomatoes, and the Shadow. In some ways, I think his writing and his spirit and joie de vivre have helped me become the person I am. It's funny how things stay with you, but at times I say to myself, "only the shadow knows" and this comes from his pranks based on the Green Lantern and the Shadow. My condolences to his wife and daughter, and other family, and thank you to Mr. Johnstone. May you hit tennis balls off of batting tees in the great beyond to your heart's content.
Kevin Ahn
Acquaintance
September 30, 2020
Much love to Jay's family. My heart breaks for you all. Jay was a funny, thoughtful guy and what a baseball player. His parents were good friends of my in laws Stan and Charlotte. Stan and Jack were great friends for many years. Stan loved to watch Jay play and Jay often got Stan tickets to the home games. I bought Jay's first book and Stan got it signed by Jay for me. I gave it to my mom... Jay will be missed. I need to get that book out again and read the funny stories. Jay say hi to Stan, Charlotte and Linda in heaven for us.
Sally
Acquaintance
September 30, 2020
Mr. Johnstone and Joe Masino sponsored a travelling men's softball team and helped change the course of some troubled young men. Thanks Jay.
Michael Morrison
September 30, 2020
Jay sponsored a young men's travelling softball team that changed the course of my life from a direct line to jail to becoming a young man with a goal. I met him only a few times and was awestruck when I did. I am not sure where I would be now if not for Jay's Boys Softball Club and the self respect it gave me. Thank you Jay. God Bless.
Michael Morrison
Friend
September 30, 2020
Jay was my all time favorite athletic. As a young girl going to see him @ Vet Stadium Id be dressed head to toe in his #21! Amazing talent! So sad to hear of his passing- he gave many baseball fans great memories- RIP
Sharon
September 30, 2020
Sending prayers to the family of Jay Johnstone. Please accept my sincere condolences.
JE Sowell
September 30, 2020
Mary Jane, it has been a very long time since we talked or kept in touch, but I would think about you guys often.Times like these bring back those memories and good times.
All the best to you and your family,
Paul & Susan Stathatos
Paul & Susan Stathatos
Friend
September 30, 2020
Mary Jane please accept my condolences. I don’t know if you remember me from your time with Phillies. We watched jay play from behind the plate we stayed in touch for a while. But, like all time we lost touch. I was very saddened by Jays death but it made me think about the times you sneaked a young cop into the vet. My prayers are with you and your daughter. God bless
John Gargiulo
Friend
September 30, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to his family. He was my all time favorite athlete and I loved watching him play. I hope memories of him will comfort his family during this difficult time. I'll always remember him, he will be greatly missed.
J Pennington
September 30, 2020
Extending heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort to the family of Jay Johnstone. So happy that he got to do what he loved in life and was so good at it too. I pray that God soften your grief during this difficult time and that the family find peace and support from the many friends that loved him.
L. M.
September 30, 2020
Quite a character who will be missed

RIP Jay!
Chuck G
September 30, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
September 30, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Johnstone Family, May the God of Tender Comfort take care of you as He mends and binds up your grieving hearts with His peace and loving care. Thank you for Jay’s contribution to the Baseball League, he will be missed.
BRY
September 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Jay Johnstone. May the God of tender mercies comfort you at this difficult time.
Mary
Neighbor
September 30, 2020
He was my favorite player, growing up. I named my dog Johnstone after him.
Terry Payne
September 30, 2020
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Kent Sivadge
September 30, 2020
My condolences to the Johnstone family, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with all of you in your time of sorrow to comfort and strengthen you,
September 30, 2020
To The Family of Mr. Johnstone : Prayers and Thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you Mr. Johnstone for Great MEMORIES. God Bless You ..
Diana Clendenin
September 30, 2020
Deepest condolences to the Johnstone family in this of your dear loss, may you find peace from family and friends . May you find comfort from the words of Isaiah 51:12.
September 29, 2020
I was a huge fan of Jay Johnstone his entire career ... not only for his great baseball skills but for the fun he would bring to the game. Most of the time I didn't even care what the score of the game was. I just wanted to see what great joke he was going to pull on the players ... they were classics : ) There will never be another like him. Deepest condolences to his family. RIP
Lisa Wulff
September 29, 2020
Jay also played with the Yankees and had a very positive impact on them too!
Chuck Lynch
Friend
September 29, 2020
Sorry to learn of Jay's passing, he was a pretty good player and was a colorful guy to have around! R.I.P.
Peter Cullen
September 29, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Bill Delsoldato
Acquaintance
September 29, 2020
Met Jay several times at York,Pa sports night. What an amazing person.
Very sincere individual. Have several photos with him that will be cherished forever.
RIP friend
Rick Little
Friend
September 29, 2020
My all time favorite Phillie
Bette Calabrese
Friend
September 29, 2020
I have many fond memories of my opportunities to share experiences with Jay in high school (football and baseball) and summer leagues. I have read his books Temporary Insanity, Some of my Best Friends are Crazy, and Over the Edge. I'll never forget the picture in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune of Jim Merritt (Twins) pitching to Jay (Angels). Wishing the very best to all those important in Jay's life.
Kirby Hall
Friend
September 29, 2020
I'm saddened to hear of JJ's death he was so much fun to see on the field and had an infectious love of life. He will be missed.
September 29, 2020
It is with a heavy heart to hear the passing of Jay. I admired his baseball accomplishments and his joking ways. He was a kind man who always was friendly and engaging.
My condolences to MaryJane and little MaryJane... God bless you and your family during these unsettled chapters in your lives.
Remember its not good bye but, we'll see you later.
Hope the warmth of your memories comfort you during this time.
All the best,
Dan Murray
Daniel Murray
September 29, 2020
I was a huge fan of Jay. Enjoyed watching him play with the Phillies and Dodgers...he was my favorite player with a great talent. I have all his books and laugh from the beginning to end. Very sad time for baseball. RIP Jay..my condolences to his family and friends.
Maureen Gilligo
September 29, 2020
Pride of West Covina and one of the great characters in The Game, who had a long and productive MLB career.

Thanks for all of the good laughs and great play, Jay. Safe at home.
September 29, 2020
I was a big fan when he was with the California Angels and also throughout his career. My condolences to the family.
Michael Cid
September 29, 2020
Sorry to hear of the loss. Growing up in San Marino I would occasionally see Jay around town. He was always friendly and gave the kids his time and inspiration after the 81 World Series. RIP Jay and thanks for the memories.
Brian Clougherty
Neighbor
September 29, 2020
I am so sorry about the loss of Jay. Being a two-time World Series champion leaves pleasant memories. The Johnstone family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God give you everlasting comfort (2 Thess. 2:16).
Jenee
September 29, 2020
Jay was a guest at our youth baseball camp for three summers. He was a "class act." No pranks. The camp was his classroom. The campers, who idolized him, his students. He was a special person who didn't act like a special person. I have not met many like him. Rest in peace, Jay.
Ted Grabowski
Friend
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