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In Memory

William Johnston

William Johnston

William R. "Bill" Johnston of Boulder died of cardiovascular disease Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at his home. He was 61.

He was born February 9, 1943, in Pittsburgh to Elmer F. Johnston and Margaret M. Redmand Johnston.

Bill was the maintenance engineer for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of Boulder. He enjoyed hiking, biking, and climbing and was an avid reader and outdoorsman.

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01/19/11 11:10 PM #1    

Janet Renschigai (Laus)

We miss you, Willy J!!!

02/15/11 05:25 PM #2    

Morton Stanfield

Bill and I were almost inseparable up to the time he moved to Colorado.  We traveled together and  when on vacations together. We even had a moving company we called "mini movers" where we would help our friends move for free as long as they boxed all the small stuff and took us out to dinner.

Bill was my campaign manager when I ran for school board in Penn Hills (we didn't win). He and I purchased a house together in hopes of fixing it up to sell.  We found out quite quickly that we were good at demolition but were not good and were slow at construction.  In fact from then on Bill's motto when he start a construction business, Redmand construction, was "I may not be good but I am slow."

My kids love Bill! I use "love" because for all of us he is always there. Bill was great with kids and even after getting is MBA (well, he never did turn in his last paper), he decided to get a degree in teaching. He took several years of courses and completed the degree and started in an elementary school in September. We called in October to see how it was going and he informed that he had quit.  He could not handle not being outdoors and having elementary students determine his life.

Bill was one of a kind and is missed by many!!!!

04/29/11 01:53 AM #3    

Janet Renschigai (Laus)

Bill would always come to the beach with us every year along with the Stanfields, and Hughes (Diane Valerio). The kids always loved having Bill around, and appreciated his dry humor, as we all did. Beach trips never seemed the same after he was gone, and we all miss him terribly. You're still in our hearts, Bill!

05/24/11 01:09 PM #4    

John Diven

Bill  and I were good friends in high school (church league softball) and he was our homeroom president.  We attended Muskingum College together (Bill Gaw too)  and he attended my wedding.  You are greatly missed Bill!

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