It is with great sadness that the family of Ian Johnstone announces his passing on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Ian was born on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1955 in Nuneaton, Warwick County, England. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, arriving in Fort Frances on May 17, 1966.
Ian attended Fort Frances High School and while doing so, he and his older brother obtained pilots’ licences. After graduating from Fort Frances High School, Ian enrolled in the Avionics Repair Technician Program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Upon graduation, Ian and Gail Lemieux moved to Alberta, where they wed in 1977 and had their only son, Brian.
After a brief marriage, Ian enrolled in the RPN program at Confederation College. After graduation, he started his career at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, where he would spend the next 25 years.
Ian was actively involved in the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, as well as Bible studies and other church-related activities. Ian was very generous with his time and always was willing to lend a helping hand.
Those who knew him, knew him as a quiet and gentle man. Ian found great joy in watching his grandchildren grow and never missed an opportunity to be at the arena to watch them on the ice.
Ian is survived by his father, Dr. Brian Johnstone; son, Brian (Hailey) Johnstone; and grandchildren, Sienna and Tristan.
He also is survived by his brothers, Tony (Barb) of Wichita, Kan. and Allan of Thunder Bay, Ont.; sister, Anne (Syd) Clemmer of Kitchener, Ont.; nieces, Dr. Mary Jo (Adam) Johnstone and Alexandra (Rory) Tippet; and nephew, Mark.
Ian was predeceased by his mother, Dr. Audrey Johnstone.
A memorial service to celebrate Ian’s life will be held Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Fort Frances, with Pastor Marcel Chenier officiating.
Ian will be laid to rest in the Lady Frances Columbarium at the Fort Frances Cemetery.
Procession to the cemetery will take place following the service, with a reception to follow at the church.
The honourary pallbearers will be John Vandermeer, Ken Preston, Walter Rogoza, Lyndon Hughes, Paul Redford, Gary Wilde, and Gary Smith.
In memoriam donations may be made to Riverside Foundation for Health Care c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com