Robert
Public Visitation on Monday June 10, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, at the Ripley Chapel.
A Private Funeral Service will be held at MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley.

Cemetery:
Ripley Cemetery.
In Memory of
Robert "Bob" Joseph Johnston
November 8th, 1938 - June 4th, 2024

Place of Death

London Health Science Centre, Victoria Campus, London, Ontario.

Obituary

Robert “Bob” Joseph Johnston of Ripley, passed away peacefully during a brief stay at London Health Science Centre on June 4th at the age of 85.

Husband of Marilyn (nee Finlayson) for 56 years. Dear father of Julie Thompson (Keith) and Jennifer Pendlebury (Jay). Greatly missed by his grandchildren Rhys and Kelsey.

Predeceased by his late parents Fred and Jean Johnston of Ashfield Township; sisters Lois Johnston and Freeda Bailey (Brian) and brothers Allan and Floyd, sister-in-law Virene Thompson (Alvin) and Oral Cameron (Murray), and his father and mother-in-law Orville and Verna Finlayson.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Geraldine Johnston, Pam Pallister and Marie Scott and several nieces and nephews.

Early on in his career he worked for the Great Lakes Shipping Line.
Then, Bob had a long and varied career with Huron Tel spanning over 45 years. Working as a lineman and a foreman for the company originally known as Huron Kinloss Telephone System.

Bob served his community as a volunteer at the Ripley Huron Fire Department for several years. Also, he was involved with the 1985 Ripley Reunion Committee.

Curling was entertainment for him where he played for many years at the Ripley Curling Club. A sport which took him on numerous road trips to bonspiels across South Western Ontario.

Bob enjoyed trips to the west coast as well as Florida with family and friends over the years.

He was an avid collector of many treasures and a great enthusiast at many auction sales. When Bob retired, he immersed himself in woodworking and restoring antique and unique furniture pieces bringing them back to their natural beauty. .
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Doctors and support staff at Wingham & District Hospital and London Health Science Centre for their expertise and care he received. Also, a thank you for all the phone calls and support received during this time.
Public Visitation on Monday June 10, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, at the Ripley Chapel.
A private funeral service will be held at the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home Ripley on Monday, June 10th.

Interment Ripley Cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations to Wingham & District Hospital Foundation, St. Andrew's United Church - Ripley or the Ripley Curling Club would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.




 

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Message from Brian and Betty Anne Thompson and family2024-06-10 23:09:29
Aunt Marilyn, Julie, and Jennifer, Our many happy memories of family events celebrated together will keep Uncle Bob in our hearts. We will be thinking the whole family at this sad time.
Message from Gail and Brian Johnson2024-06-10 10:05:23
We send our deepest condolences to all Bob's family at this sad time for everyone. May special memories bring comfort in the days ahead. Sincerely Gail and Brian Johnson
Message from Maxine and Bruce Schaefer2024-06-10 08:14:09
sincere sympathy to you Marilyn and also Jen and Julie and families
Message from Brian and Betty Anne Thompson and family2024-06-10 07:08:13
Aunt Marilyn, Julie, and Jennifer, Our many happy memories of family events celebrated together will keep Uncle Bob in our hearts. We will be thinking the whole family at this sad time.
Message from BJ (McClinchey) Russell2024-06-09 15:54:47
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Thinking of your family at this difficult time.
Message from deb and steve consitt and family 2024-06-09 11:18:20
julie keith and family ❤️ Our deepest sympathy on the loss of father Thinking of you all this time and days to come deb steve consitt and family ❤️
Message from Donna and Perry Elliott 2024-06-09 10:29:24
Thinking of the entire family at this time! Cherish the memories!
Message from Irene Liddle2024-06-08 19:12:18
To Marilyn & Family My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I have only the kindliest recollections of association with Bob through the years. Sincerely,
Message from Glenn and Marj Grubb2024-06-08 15:56:53
I had the great pleasure of working for and with Bob at HuronTel for many years. We will always remember Bob for his sense of humour, infectious smile, his dedication, and for the part he played in making HuronTel what it is today. Our thoughts are with you.
Message from Mel & Marlene Lichty2024-06-08 15:37:10
Our deepest condolences to you Marilyn and your family. We ask God to wrap his comforting arms around you while you grieve this immense loss.
Message from Gordon Cupskey2024-06-08 14:40:32
My simpathy to you and your family on the passing of Bob.My old school buddy.See you when i"m up your way.
Message from Al and Fran Edwards2024-06-08 13:43:07
Marilyn, Julie and Jen and families— We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed those curbside visits with Bob. I enjoyed working with Bob at Hurontel. He will be missed.
Message from Brent and Linda Armstrong2024-06-08 12:22:57
Our sincere sympathy to you Marilyn and family. We always enjoyed the visits with you and Bob while helping Amy with the house. We are thinking of you all at this sad time.
Message from Laurie Gallant2024-06-08 11:38:39
Marilyn, girls and families We send our deepest condolences to you . Bob was a wonderful man. He will be missed by all.
Message from Marg Thompson2024-06-08 10:41:46
So very sorry for your loss, Marilyn and family. Remember the good times.
Message from Lynda Cerson2024-06-07 20:19:23
Sincere condolences to Marilyn and family.
Message from Paul & Christine MacDonald 2024-06-07 19:33:42
Our deepest condolences to Marilyn, Julie, Jen, and family at this time.
Message from Gwen MacArthur2024-06-07 16:41:59
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Bob and Gwen MacArthur
Message from Lynne Mann2024-06-07 14:09:32
My sympathy to you Marilyn and your family as you celebrate Bob's life.
Our deepest sympathy to all on the passing of Bob.
Message from Brian and Wendy Pollock2024-06-06 19:07:04
Our sincere condolences to Marilyn, Julie and Jen and all your family on the loss of your loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. Hold your many happy memories close to your hearts in the days ahead. You are in our thoughts. Brian and Wendy Pollock