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JOHNSTON, Frederick “Fred” William

November 8, 1937 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Fred passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Dulcina Hospice on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Fred met Janet in Winnipeg, MB and they married on November 12, 1960. They moved to Calgary in 1972 and there, they raised their three children. Fred worked for Air Canada for twenty-seven years. He then owned a gift shop at the Port-O-Call Inn. Before retiring he worked with Hi-Hog Farm and Ranch Equipment as a Marketing Manager. Some of Fred’s many hobbies included fishing, gardening, woodworking, bird watching, painting, drawing and wine making. Fred will be remembered as a loyal, considerate and thoughtful person.

He leaves to mourn his wife and love of fifty-eight years, Janet (Bauer) Johnston; his two daughters Candace Goerzen (Leland) and Jennifer Cardone (Remo); and daughter-in-law, Heather Allison (Brian). He will be dearly missed by his eight grandchildren Amanda MacMurdo (Shawn), Melissa Goerzen, Ashley Moore (Steve), Martina Cardone, Matthew Johnston, Christian Cardone, Anthony Cardone, Tyler Johnston; seven great-grandchildren; siblings Bryan Johnston (Sophie) and Bruce Johnston (Barbara); and numerous other cherished family members and friends.

He was predeceased by beloved son Gregory Johnston.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (541 Silvergrove Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank Dr. Bahlis (Tom Baker), Dr. Evans and the staff at the Dulcina Hospice, Father Ephrem Kardouh for his spiritual support. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Fred Johnston, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. We were lucky to call Fred and Janet our neighbors and friends for over 17 years. We will miss seeing Fred out in his yard tending to his many plants, vegetables and flowers or on his deck enjoying the sunshine and the company of family and friends. He was a great neighbor who always took the time to say hi, ask about our girls and keep an eye on our house. We were fortunate to have a neighbor we trusted and knew we could always count on. We will miss you Fred. Wayne, Dana, Kayla and Carly Huggard

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  2. Dear Janet, Candace, Jennifer, Leland, Remo and family.. I am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of times spent with your family. Please accept my deepest sympathies. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

    Steve and Sheila Braun

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  3. Sending many loving thoughts to you all.

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  4. Allie & Pat LeBlanc

    To Janet & Family;
    Fred was a wonderful, thoughtful man , always willing to help. Pat & I are going to miss our get togethers where we had so much fun.We will miss you so much, rest in peace our good friend. Pat & Allie.

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  5. To Janet, Candace, Jennifer and families:
    Our deepest condolence go out to all of you. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” Psalm 34:18.
    Steven and Michelle Pommier

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  6. Fred was my supervisor at Air Canada, way back in the good ole days. He was truly one of the good ones. A genuine person with a great smile who always treated me fairly. I will always remember Fred as someone I very much enjoyed working with. My sincere condolences to Fred’s family, for your loss of a wonderful man.

    Kathy Vaughan

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  7. Dear Johnston Family:

    Well wow. What a good natured, heartily spirited fella Mr. Johnston was. He used to look like a hulkier stern Jimmy Carter to me as a wee child.
    The Johnston home; one of my other Varsity homes from home. The countless, relentless, hilarious hard times he gave me:
    “Klepit!” he’d hollar.
    It took me a while to figure out I was lucky enough to have earned the privilege of his ribbings!!
    By far, my fondest memory of Mr Johnston: he was my first legit heckler!!
    Around age 17, I started taking singing lessons a few blocks from their home, beside the bus stop I’d wait alone at. I’d leave my evening lessons all inspired to sing but of course lacking all control, ha, so seeing no lights on in their house, no one on the streets, the coast was clear, I would softly let my voice loose then to full volume singing something (like U2: “Running to Stand Still” or more likely: “Music of the Night” from Phantom hahaha) there was usually pure silence around, so assuming no one could hear, I’d continue… hahaha well he’d be there listening, waiting for just the right crucial apex when I was really going for it, ha, then out of nowhere he’d blast out:
    “Is that you Klepit??!! Keep that racket down Klepit!!!”
    hahaha I was always caught off guard, still and silenced for a scared minute or two but couldn’t finally help but laugh my head off. It happened on a few occasions too 😉

    Deepest respect to the Johnstons: You made sure I felt heard and supported after-school thru some very tough times growing up.
    Be the strong Women of Janet you are lucky to be.
    Blessings to all of you. Honour Fred by always living and loving and laughing full force.
    Sending out white light to you all and peace.
    (formerly Peter Klepik)

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