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  • Donald Melvin Johnston

  • Passing Date:Tue, Jun 9 2020
  • Funeral Location:Private Family Funeral- Sterling Bell Memorial Chapel
  • Resting Location:No Visitation
  • Wishes:Extra Mural
Donald Melvin Johnston

Donald Melvin Johnston husband of the late Leola (Mullin) Johnston passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the age of 83. Born on March 6, 1937 in Wayerton, NB, Donald was the son of the late Tom and Theresa (Baisley) Johnston.

Don’s primary passion was working in the woods, but for most of his life, Don, was employed as a Stores Clerk where he is remembered as being meticulous in keeping his inventory balanced down to the very bolt. In his earlier years, Don was employed at Wedge mines and then as a shipping clerk at Fraser’s Pulp Mill. For a number of years he worked in the stockroom at Browns’ Service Station and when Browns closed, he went onto Marhawk Equipment. Don then began working with the School Board at the bus depot at Miramichi Valley High School and was later transferred to the Department of Transportation as Stores Clerk until his retirement in 1995. After Don retired, he returned to his greatest love of working in the woods and it was here where he was truly happy. Like his father, he was a true woodsman and his woodpile demonstrated that love as it was meticulously piled year after year. As meticulous as his woodpile was, his garden drills were also perfectly aligned and he provided fresh produce yearly for his family and friends.

Don’s legacy will always be his gentle, kind, and humble lifestyle. Home and family was all that Don needed and he had no desire for material items or to venture far beyond the boundaries of his own property in Newcastle. The perfect description of Don would be that he was a true “gentle” gentleman.

Don is survived by two daughters: Kathy Buckley (Kevin) of Douglasfield and Susan Johnston (Jason) of Newcastle; three brothers: Sterling (Joan) of Newcastle, Reg (Joyce) of Newcastle, and Lee (Carol) of Douglastown; three sisters: Joyce Potter (Vernon) of Newcastle, Nina Gould (Darrell) of Fredericton, and Doris MacLean (Fred) of Newcastle; brother-in-laws Harry Mullin (Myrtle) of Newcastle, and George Mullin (Marilyn) of Lower Derby; sister in law Dolores Mullin of Newcastle; three granddaughters: Amy Hamilton (Brad) of Newcastle, Sara Buckley Paynter (Kyle) of PEI, and Brooklyn McLaughlin of Newcastle; one great granddaughter: Mya Hamilton, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Don is predeceased by his parents, Tom and Theresa Johnston, his wife Leola, and brother-in-laws Delbert Mullin and Vernon Potter.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private family funeral held from the Sterling Bell Memorial Chapel with Rev. Alice Szemök officiating. Followed by a private burial in Lower Derby Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.

In Don’s memory, donations may be made to the NB Extra Mural Program C/O Miramichi Regional Hospital Foundation 500 Water Street, Miramichi, NB, E1V 3G5 Tel: (506) 627-7555 Fax: (506) 623-3145 Email:

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bell’s Funeral Home, 651 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB. Telephone: 506-622-3600. www.bellsmeadows.com

A tradition of service to the families of Miramichi and surrounding communities since 1922.


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