Johnstone, Stephen Fawcett A Milwaukee local with deep ties to charity work and the Catholic faith, author of poetry, editorials, and literature, passed into eternal life on September 8, 2014. Steve had a unique and unparalleled zest for life, evident in his passion for literature, classical music, photography, and sports, his initiation into the Polar Bear Club, and most clearly through his adventures in gatecrashing. Steve loved and lived fully with Scripture as his guidance. Among his greatest gifts were his compassion, generosity, and capacity for forgiveness. Steve was born April 13, 1944 to Mary Jane and Quintin H. Johnstone in Wauwatosa, WI. He was the second of four children, Q.James ("Jimmy"), Mary Howard, O.P., and Michael. Steve attended Marquette High School, and Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY ('66). In his 45 years of work in public relations, he was named Fellow of Public Relations Society of America (2009), and was the recipient of the Dorothy Thomas Black Award (2007). Steve was also an active parishioner, dedicating his time and talent to a number of causes, most recently the Riverwest Food Pantry, the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, and the Congregation of St. Agnes Sponsorship Ministry Board. His artistic passion for reading and writing culminated in several books of poetry and a memoir, In The Company of Champions, detailing his lifelong escapades as a gatecrasher. The book garnered national attention in magazines around the country, and an interview on NPR's "Talk of The Nation" just hours before last year's Kentucky Derby. In addition to his beloved girlfriend Connie Wittig, Steve will always be remembered by his children Gina (Britten), Shannon (Anthony), Joel (Ada), Kongsone (Phia), grandchildren Avery and Juliana, and former wife Beverley. Through them, Steve's laughter and singing will live on. Visitation Sunday, September 14 at OLD ST. MARY'S PARISH, 844 N. Broadway, Milwaukee from 2:00 PM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 5:00 PM. A reception will be held immediately after for family and friends. Memorials in his name to the Riverwest Food Pantry, the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary, Inc., or the Dominican Center for Women would be appreciated.
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sep. 11, 2014.