JOHNSTON, TOM H. April 25, 1931 – February 19, 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom H. Johnston of Don Mills, Ontario, on February 19, 2023, at the age of 91. Predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Louise Johnston (née Bradford). He is survived by his brother, Harry (Sue); his sons, Tommy (Bernie) and David (Belinda); and his grandchildren, Heather, Ryan and Taryn. Raised in Owen Sound, Tom moved to Kingston where he graduated from Queens University with a degree in Engineering. Following graduation, he and Louise moved to Don Mills, Ontario, and he began working for Metro Roads and Traffic, where he eventually became the Director of Operations. Tom built and maintained many of the roads you drive on. Tom and Louise had a beautiful life together and loved to travel. Together, they built a cottage where they enjoyed spending their summers and in the winter months, they spent their time skiing and travelling in their motorhome. Tom also enjoyed building radio-controlled airplanes and golfing with his colleagues from Metro Roads. Tom lived his life to the fullest, skiing in British Columbia until the age of 89, only to be stopped by travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be remembered by many for saving the City of Buffalo from the blizzard of ’77, and for inventing Unshrinkable Fill. His family, however, will remember him for his honesty and witty charm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto. The Johnston family would like to thank all of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Sunnybrook Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook.
Published by Toronto Star on Feb. 25, 2023.