Celebration of Life Service:
1:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturday June 10, 2017
Location: Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home
251 Garafraxa Street
August 17, 1938 - June 5, 2017
JOHNSTON, Gordon Henry - Gordon Johnston of Owen Sound passed suddenly with his loving family present, at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Monday June 5th, 2017 in his 79th year. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Ann Johnston (nee Connell) and their children Bev Johnston (Joni) of Owen Sound, Stephen Johnston (Sharon) of Tara, Shelley Johnston (Gary) of Chatsworth , and Angela Myatt (Kevin) of Brampton. Gordon is survived by his sisters Donna Holmes (Ted) and Mae Watts (Wayne). He will be dearly missed by his 8 grandchildren: Jordan, Brady (Jenny), Nicole, Spencer, Sheaffer, Sydney (Adam), Ethan and Tyler. Gordon is predeceased by his parents William (Harry) and Marguerite Johnston (nee Young), and brothers George, Harvey and John.
Gordon was raised in the heart of Grey County and was proud to call Holland Township his home. Together with his wife Ann, they raised their family of four children and would become pillars of their community. Gordon loved to coach baseball, not just his own family, but also the Boynehill Bombers. He enjoyed watching hockey whether it be on television or being a hockey dad at the rink. He was also active in serving his community as a member of the Orange Lodge, and as President of the Golden Mile Club. With all of these interests, Gordon truly knew everyone and could certainly be described as a social butterfly. His loud contagious laughter and heart of gold, endeared him to everyone in his life. He was a successful plumbing and heating contractor, and also served in that capacity with the Board of Education, which made him a valuable handyman, with everything except cars! He enjoyed all of the seasons, from gardening, to camping, snowmobiling and the annual maple syrup harvest on his own farm. A Christmas tradition was to decorate the house and one year Gordon won the Best Decorated House Award during the Festival of Lights. He loved animals and kept his hobby farm alive with cattle, chickens, pigs, goats and a pony. He also enjoyed browsing through auctions and garage sales, looking to spend that $2.00 in his pocket. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be dearly missed by his family, and community.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the GARAFRAXA HILL FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, June 10th 2017, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm; lunch and refreshments will be served. The family has requested donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Chapman House or St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener. Online condolences may be expressed at