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Johnston, James

James E. Johnston, 74, died Sunday July 24th, 2016 at the Landmark Hospital in Naples Florida following an extended battle with lung disease.

Jim leaves behind his wife of 38 years Donna; his daughter Tara; his sons James and Patrick; his brothers Fred, Ken, and Steve; four grandchildren; and many cherished family members, colleagues, and friends.

Born and raised in Wilmington, the son of Fred and Mildred Johnston, he spent the majority of his life in northern Delaware before moving to Florida after retirement.

In his youth, he achieved the rank of Eagle scout and had a passion for music, playing the piano and the flute in the all-state band. Jim graduated a year early from Mount Pleasant HS, and received a Bachelor's of Science from Johns Hopkins University. During his 50- year career with DuPont, he served as a technical expert at both the Engineering Test Center and Explosion Hazards Lab before retiring in 2012.

He met his wife Donna at DuPont and they were married in 1978. He was a dedicated father, husband, and church member, teaching Sunday school at the New Ark United Church of Christ. He volunteered in various capacities in support of his children's recreational activities, including serving as a stroke and turn judge for the local swim team and on the board of directors for the Kirkwood Soccer Association. Jim loved animals, raising five Yorkshire Terriers and countless litters of their Yorkie puppies. In addition to music, he was a lifelong lover of science, always reading up on new discoveries and closely tracking the latest space missions.

Jim was a selfless and loving man known for giving great hugs, and he will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Visitation and Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 East Main Street in Newark, DE. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the New Ark UCC in Jim's name.
Published in The News Journal on Oct. 2, 2016
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