William A. Johnston (1929 - 2013)

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved family Clan leader Bill "Willie" Johnston on December 19, 2013.

Bill was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on July 20, 1929. Later, he served an apprenticeship and became a butcher. In 1953, Bill married Ann (Nancy), and while together in Scotland, enjoyed many happy years dancing at the Beach Ballroom.

In 1958, Bill and Nancy emigrated to Winnipeg with their daughter Lynne to join oldest brother Ian and his wife Shirley. While living there, they had two sons, Glenn and Neil, and Bill worked for many years as a radio dispatcher with the Winnipeg Police Department.

After moving west to Victoria, B.C. in 1970, he eventually joined the Saanich Police Communications Department, and retired from there in 1989.

Bill served as a long-time coach and President with Lakehill Soccer Association. As well, he was actively involved in the Sons of Scotland Benelovent Association, St. Andrews and Caledonian Society, and the Victoria Highland Games Association.

Bill was passionate about all aspects of Scottish heritage, and promoted youth and community participation.

He took great pride in hand-crafting and addressing his haggis at Robbie Burns and Johnston Clan celebrations.

"Oor Wullie" is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Lynne (George) Griffiths, and sons Glenn and Neil (Bobbie); his granddaughters Heather, Hayley, Emma, and Hannah; his grandsons Cole (Jo), Lance (Alyssa), and Cameron; his sisters Norma (Jim) and Nina; his brother Ivan (Mary), sister-in-law Shirley, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was predeceased by his mother Ivy Johnston, his brother Ian, and brother-in-law Jack.

To help fulfill Bill's dream of a Victoria Scottish Cultural Centre, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to:

VHGA "in memory of Bill Johnston"

2952 Henderson Road

Victoria, B. C.

V8R 5M3

A Celebration of Life will be held on:

Saturday, January 4 @ 1 p.m.

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Ave.

Sidney, B.C.
Published in The Times Colonist on Dec. 28, 2013