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JOHNSTON, Robert September 10, 1956 - June 20, 2020 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing on June 20, 2020, of our treasured husband, dad, brother, cousin, uncle and friend to all and, above all, Defender of the Faith in Our Lord, Jesus Christ. His soil was fertile ground for the Word of God and has born much fruit. He is predeceased by both parents and a baby daughter, Ellie Marie in 1980. Rob was the fifth boy in five years born on September 30, 1956 to Pearl (McNeil) and Don Johnston in Sudbury, Ontario. He also has three younger sisters. Rob was the first of his siblings to become an (at first) somewhat reluctant dad at the grand old age of 21 - at 22 along with partner and future wife, Marie, he became a Christian which enabled him to assume responsibility as a husband and dad from which he never wavered. He and Marie had five children; David Robert, Ellie Marie, Paul Calvert, Maggie Mae and Irene Grace. Self-reliant from the age of 13, (he chose to live with his dad who was often absent), Rob survived on and loved for life the eggs (his one culinary specialty) he got from working on a chicken farm. These along with donations from many pals raided fridges - the chicks even brought steaks! Did we mention he was gorgeous? He was chief protector for brother Kevin and beat the toughest guy in school who had challenged him to a rumble with everyone watching. Our man was also a bit of a Kung Fu Fighter pre- Christian days as 2 hefty bouncers at the Old Forge discovered! He could also bat a ball right out of the ballpark. Rob was a hard- working honest man. At 18 he and brother Doug became loggers in Ucluelet. On one of their long drives to Victoria, Rob left Doug by the side of the road during an argument over chocolate bars - luckily Doug hitched a ride, met Rob further down island and they resumed the trip! While on a layoff Rob was able to take an E.I. sponsored course in welding at Camosun College where he excelled in the art form. Rob was a top notch, first class welder - his work was highly praised and much sought after- he was the guy if you wanted a perfect job. Rob worked for both Point Hope and Victoria Shipyards for many years. In recent years he worked for the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry. Never afraid to proclaim Gods word in the workplace, he earned the titles 'Religious Rob' and 'Reverend Rob'. Another of Rob's titles was 'King of Corn" due to his love of corny jokes and sayings - one of his favs was 'Life's a Biatch and then you marry one" Also this 1970's pearl of wisdom "Far Out, Too Heavy, Not Enough, Too Much - Man! He traveled (across Canada/U.S. with his foster parents The Myers), Hawaii, U.K., Ireland, France, Australia, Hong Kong, India and his favourite adventure, Israel with Marie in 2012. He rode horses bareback, worked in a profession he excelled at, mended a broken heart, led by example, and 'raised up his children in the way they should go." Our beloved Rob. As you enter your well-earned place in Heaven prepared for you by Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and you receive your many Crowns and hear your name read out aloud from The Book of Life - Well done O Good and Faithful Servant. For the record; Rob did not 'lose' his battle with cancer - when he died, the cancer died, so technically it was a tie!

Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jul. 4 to Jul. 6, 2020.
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July 19, 2020
Maggie and family, just wanted to say how saddened i was when i heard just yesterday , from the bottom of my heart i am very sorry to hear,i understand and feel for you all, the only comfort i find at times like this is the knowing....we will see them again, its a promise so hang on to that!!! Loretta Chelini..
loretta chelini
July 5, 2020
You were one super guy,it was always a delight talking to you,your love for the Lord just seemed to pour out of you, I will miss seeing your smile & talking with you,but I am so very thankful that when my journey has been complete I will see you again,so very thankful to have known you.
July 4, 2020
Remembering your wonderful father and wishing you all comfort.

Irene Zsoldos
Irene Zsoldos
July 4, 2020
Robert is greatly missed by his family and friends. I regret not being able to spend more time at your beautiful home with your family. One of my favorite memories was the high tea at your house. Robert had everything going for him. Condolences to the family & friends.
Crystal Fafard
July 4, 2020
To the Johnston Family...Marie, Dave, Paul, Maggie and Irene....What a wonderful picture of Rob you have chosen to share with us....I was so saddened and very sorry to hear of the loss of Rob. I will remember him with such fondness, he was always a delight and I looked forward to his every visit to the dental office as I did with your entire family from the time you kids were little, and what a handsome family! I trust you will all find comfort in each other through this most difficult time. With each though and memory of your dad he is walkIng beside with such pride...With love Jillyn......from Dr. Bills office!
July 4, 2020
My wonderful Brother in law. The kindest of hearts and a beautiful soul. May you rest in peace dearest Rob. Our hearts are broken but we know you are in the arms of the a Lord. Love always. Maggie
Margaret Smith
July 4, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. I have not seen Robert for more than 50 years since his brother Doug lived with our family, but recognized his smile in the photo immediately. Deepest condolences to your family.
Don Herriott
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