Paul A. Johnston
Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Bridgewater
98 Bedford Street
Bridgewater, MA
Paul A. Johnston of Bridgewater, a former Boston Police Patrolman, and Community Service Officer died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 24, at the age of 69. Paul was the loving husband of Michelle M. Fagnano of Bridgewater. Paul grew up in Boston and was a graduate of Brighton High School, Class of 61. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He joined the Boston Police in 1968 and retired in 2002. He was the author of the original Beat Goes On Column in the Dorchester Reporter. He was always proud of his service to the city and his contributions to the Link-Up Education Network devoted to public understanding of the relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence. He was an avid boater and member of the Shawomet Yacht Club. Paul was a gifted craftsman who enjoyed fixing things and making them better. Paul raised his children in the Bridgewaters and was the loving father of Adam P. Johnston and Timothy D. Johnston and his wife Kristina, all of New Hampshire, and Aimee J. Johnston of Framingham; and the Grampa of Mikayla, Paige, Amilia, Cassandra, Lauren, William, Kevin, and Dennis. He was the loving brother of Rita Smyth of South Boston, Ronald Johnston of Connecticut, William Johnston of South Carolina, Elizabeth OHara of Quincy, and the late Ralph Johnston, Patricia Arswedson, Thomas Johnston, Kevin Johnston, Mildred Whiffen. He was also survived by many caring nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. A funeral home service will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St., Bridgewater, followed by a burial service at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home Wednesday evening from 4-8. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children or the American Heart Association. For online guest book and directions, visit Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason 508-697-4332

Published by The Enterprise on Nov. 27, 2012.
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Paul,Since I never had a chance to say good bye, I will now. You were never a client , always a friend.I always looked forward to our meetings because I always left feeling better than when I got there. No, matter how rough things were in your life or anyones around you, you never lost faith and always showed strength and resolve.You always knew that,somehow, things would be ok. You loved life and taught me how to be a better person. You were a friend to all and an enemy to none. I'm not sure why they took you so soon, but there must have been a reason. I will try to find solice in that. So, it's good bye for now my friend. I will never forget you. I loved you like a brother.
My thoughts and prayers to all of Paul's family. You made his life complete Michelle. He was never happier.
Always, Bob Murphy
Bob Murphy
December 23, 2012
I just wanted to say how very sorry I am to have learned about Paul. I have only known Paul for a short time as when I worked at Home Depot, he had visited the garden center and started asking me about flowers. After that, everytime he came to Home Depot, he would make a point to visit. He also came to visit me at Walmart, where I am working now part time. I am at a loss for words as from what time I did know him, he seemed like a wonderful person who was always in good spirits. May you all find some peace in this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Terry Rodrick
December 4, 2012
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
December 1, 2012
Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Paul. He was such a kind and "gentle" man. My heart hurts for you and your family. I hope that one day very soon your memories of Paul replace your tears with smiles.
Mel Barkley
November 28, 2012
I only knew Paul for a short time but he left his mark on me as a friend, and a fellow sailor.
Kenneth Amaral
November 28, 2012
To Paul's family and friends,
As a fellow member of the Shawomet Yacht Club, I have always appreciated Paul's intelligence, wit, and graciousness. We will all miss him very much. I feel lucky to have known him.
Mary Cooke
November 28, 2012
In describing to my friends exactly who it was that died, I found myself saying, it was my friend Michelle's husband. I know now he was more: he was MY FRIEND TOO. I will miss him........
Joseph Denaro
November 28, 2012
Dear Michelle,
I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Linda Mosesso
November 28, 2012

May the love of family and friends help guide you through this time of sorrow.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cheryl Williams
Cheryl Williams
November 28, 2012
Michelle and Johnston Family, My heart aches for you all. Paul was a wonderful, intelligent and passionate person. One that many will miss. I am not able to make the services however I want to send my deepest condolences. You are all in my prayers. It is a very sad day.
Dina Tortora
November 28, 2012
Please accept our sympathy in the loss of your husband. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Veryl and your friends at the Professional Center.
Veryl Anderson
November 28, 2012
Dear Michelle and family,

Dear Michelle and family,

Sorry to hear about Paul's passing. Please accept my prayers and sympathy. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Catherine O'Connor (Sr.)
November 28, 2012
Thank you for all you have done Paul...the recognition of the link between human and animal violence would not be where it is today without you!
Deni Goldman
November 27, 2012
Michelle, I hope you can feel the hugs I am sending you. You are in my prayers.
Jean Shimer
November 27, 2012
I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lynne Deschamps
November 27, 2012
Our deepest sympathies, what a shock. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with you.

In sympathy,

Ron,Rob and the your DPH friends
November 27, 2012
Dear Michelle and family,
Dave and I send our condolences and prayers to you. We are so sorry for your loss.
MaryEllen Yeo
November 27, 2012
Michelle, my deepest sympathy to you. Love was not a word used often enough in our family but I want you to know, I loved my brother Paul and I will miss him more than I can say.
Love: Ronny
Ronald Johnston
November 27, 2012
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