James T. Johnston Jr.
1935 - 2021
Vaia Funeral Home, Inc
463 Athena Drive
Delmont, PA
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.
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When Mary Murray was promoted at Allegheny Power, I took over the position of being Jim´s secretary. It was a great learning experience and Jim was always one to give you responsibilities in an effort to make you a better employee. He always wanted you to better yourself and took time to explain engineering, right of way, snd surveying which in turn helped me to get promoted. I am very sorry to hear of Jim´s passing and extend my sympathy to Jody and the rest of Jim´s family.
Regina Hennessey Rhodes
October 13, 2021
I will never forget the phone call I got from Jim when I first joined the Rights of Way Group at Mon Power and he called me and placed an order for so many tons of fly ash - that I was going to fill as soon as I got my notebook. As I got to know Jim more through Jody, I realized his way of showing how much he liked someone was through his humorous pranks. Jim was always welcoming to me whether I was joining them at the beach while on their vacation, or to their home in PA. My sincere sympathies to Jody and his family.
Helen Deleuyelle
October 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jim passing. Bobby and I were just talking about hunting stories with Jim, Jimmy, Ray, Larry and Bobby. What a great time and lots of laughs. We will keep you all in our prayers during this time.
Jeanne & Bobby Axelson
October 10, 2021
October 7 ,2020 The world lost a really good man. James T. Johnston passed. He was a good friend and was Born on the same day as my brother 8-17 and Died on the same day 10-7. His career was one of fairness to his employees and had high morals and standards. He was a person that could be trusted and not many people can be. Good bye my friend and may you be at peace. Chuck
Chuck Galvin
October 10, 2021
I worked for Jim at Allegheny Power and will always remember him as being a fair, encouraging, and supportive boss and friend. May you rest in peace, Jim.
Mary Murray Taylor
October 9, 2021
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