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127 Church Street
P.O. Box 370
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone: 1-613-256-3313
Fax: 1-613-256-6300
Herb Johnston

Herb Johnston

Wednesday, September 27th, 1961 Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

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Obituary for Herb Johnston


Passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer.

Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself.

He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook.

Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did.

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(127 Church St., Almonte, ON., 613-256-3313)

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Peppy Mocko

Dear Marina , Angella & Brook
What a life "Boomer" had !! He accomplished more in a short life than most of us in a lonnnnng life. An awesome character. I met him in the '80s when he was in hi school. I called him "Boomer" because of his escapades during Halloween. We talked about flying. I was invited up. Well in da '90s he phoned one winter day!! I thought that he had forgotten. He took me & my 6 year ole Steven up for a tour of Constance Bay. That was "Boomer" !! A great human being & character. There are only a few of them.
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Bryan Nightingale

Marina and family.I was so very sad to hear of Bruce's passing.Remembering so many happy times spent together over the years.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Love Joyce.
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Bryan Nightingale

My deepest sympathies to the Johnston family.I was very sorry to hear of Herb's passing.I have many fond memories of summers spent together.He will be sorely missed.Bryan.
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Lori McRae McRae

I used to go to school with Herb and havent seen him since then ,no wonder he has been living a life most of us only dream about. I assume his obituary was written by his son Brook. It was very refreshing and a great tribute to his life ,and very inspiring. Well done . Thinking of his family at this time
Lori McRae-Leitch
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Kerry Williams

My Condolences to Angela and Brook.. Such a tragic loss of a great human being. Never once saw Herb without a smile. Always willing to indulge me with my fascination with helicopters.. Will keep up with Angela's wishes and try to live life like Herb did.
Kerry Williams
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