JOHNSTON, John Paul 'Brian' - 1944-2017 - Peacefully in Toronto, at the age of 73, less than two months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Survived by his wife, Araminta Wordsworth, and their children Robin and Caitlin Wordsworth; his first wife, Stephanie Burke, and their children Devan (Alyssa) and Derek Johnston, and grandson Henry; and siblings Kevin Johnston (Claire Boulee) and Janeen DesRochers (Michel) and their families.
Brian Johnston was born on Feb. 4, 1944, in Midland, Ont., the oldest child of John Francis Johnston and Kathleen (nee Cassidy).
Because his father was a teacher, the family moved constantly, ending up in Windsor, Ont., where Brian attended high school and university. He was on his way to northern Ontario to teach when he stopped in at the University of Western Ontario, which was in the process of setting up a law school and hungry for recruits.
The rest is history: Brian had found his profession. He went on to work for the Ontario Securities Commission and the Ministry of the Attorney General, before retiring in 1996 and going into private practice.
Indomitable spirit, consummate bridge player, wine lover, American muscle car nut and crock collector; he was also a lawyer who battled to reverse the fee-obsessed stereotype of his profession.
Mr. Johnston will rest at the Cassidy Funeral Home, Tweed on Tuesday from 4-7pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Edmund's Church, Stoco on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11am, with visitation from 10-11am at the church. Interment at Stoco.
Thanks to all at St. Michael's Hospital who battled first to save his life and then to ease his passing.