James T. "Jim" Johnston Jr., 86, of Delmont, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 7, 2021, in Excela Hospital, Greensburg. Jim was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Wilkinsburg, son of the late Sarah (Fischel) and James Johnston. He is survived by his wife, Jody (Alkire) Johnston; daughter, Kathleen Johnston (Rod McDonald), of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Josh and Emily McDonald; son, James (Patty) Johnston, of Belle Vernon and Phoenix; and grandchildren, Roger (Megan) and Jeffrey (Caitlin) Babusci. Jim was a 1957 graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology. He retired as director of engineering from Allegheny Power in 1995 and held professional licenses in both civil engineering and surveying. Jim was honorably discharged as captain, serving in the Army Reserves stationed at Ft. Bragg. Jim loved the outdoors. Many happy years were spent coaching little league baseball in Delmont. Until five years ago, he golfed in two leagues. For more than 60 years, Jim looked forward to fly-fishing and hunting camp in Snowshoe, Pa., where many friends gathered for two special weekends. Jim was especially close to his "cousins", the Dreibelbis family, and had very fond memories of his time spent with them. Jim was a member of Community Church (formerly Community United Methodist Church), in Harrison City. Special thanks to Pastor Jim Decker for his comfort during Jim's different hospital and nursing home stays and his biblical wisdom throughout his and Jim's friendship. Also, the family extends much gratitude to Karen and Chrissy, Jim's in-home nurses. He loved you both. The family wishes to express our appreciation to the doctors, nurses and aides who attended Jim at Excela. Thank you to the IC doctors and nurses who attended Jim in his final hours and did everything possible to ensure his passing was painless and peaceful. And, thank you IC Nurse, Mallory, who showed such tenderness and caring towards my husband, his son and me until Jim's final breath. Jim's hospitalist, Dr. Macioce, treated Jim and our family with incredible dignity, patience and kindness. We are forever grateful. And lastly, thank you to Chuck Galvin who spent many, many hours, many, many days in hospitals and nursing homes with his friend, Jim. That is a remarkable friendship. Due to Covid, there will be no viewing. Burial will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at the Friendship Cemetery in Berlin, W. Va. Anyone wishing to attend Jim's burial may contact VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, or Jody for more information. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com
Published by Tribune Review on Oct. 10, 2021.