James Hayden JOHNSTON

JOHNSTON, James Hayden


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hayden on the 30th of November. Born on Gabriola Island, he was the son of John and Ann (Easthom) Johnston. He is predeceased by his brother Henry, sisters Lilian Johnston, and Isobel Anderson. Kathleen Dunbar is his only surviving sibling. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by Anne, his wife of 60 years. Hayden leaves seven children; Kay Waring, Shirley Place, Renee Michaelis, Joel, Andy, Paul and Robbie Johnston, their spouses and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. All have wonderful memories of a kind and honourable man. As a young boy Hayden learned Coast Salish from his playmates and attended local potlatches. In the thirties he traveled throughout the States working in a variety of jobs from a cowboy in California to a foreman for Ford in Detroit. During WWII he served overseas with the Canadian Army. He was reassigned to a special unit of the British army which went behind enemy lines to free cutoff troops. After the war he became a successful businessman and at the age of 50 became a commercial fisherman. Throughout his life he was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. The family wish to thank home care worker George Adams, Dr. Lane, Nanaimo Hospital staff and Malaspina Gardens staff. Upon request, there will be no service. Family and friends will gather for a last fond farewell.

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