Leland Blair Johnston

Born: Tue., Apr. 14, 1942
Died: Mon., Feb. 22, 2016

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In Memory of Leland Blair Johnston

Blair Johnston a resident of Gore Bay, passed away at the Mindemoya Hospital on February 22, 2016 at the age of 73 with his niece Lisa at his side. Blair was born in Gordon Township. Son of Ray and Janice (Boyter) Johnston, both predeceased. Blair was employed for five years with Manitoulin Transport, being one of its first employee. Following that he worked for 30 years on the ships of the Great Lakes. Blair had a variety of interests. He bought property and developed it into building lots. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, reading and visiting with family and friends. Blair is survived by his nephew Gary Gibson, nieces Lisa Johnston (Andy McFadden), and Stacey (Dean) Dickson and great nieces and nephews Frances Hore, Kayla (Mitchell) Graham, Kyler Pearson, Alanna McFadden, Shae Dickson, Dillon Dickson and great-great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Vilot and brother Frank.
At Blair's request, their will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place with ash burial to follow in the spring at the Gordon Cemetery.

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Mary and Doug Wright
   Posted Mon February 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

Marg & Bernie
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016
Lisa: Our condolences. We are thinking of you.
Marg & Bernie

Erwin Thompson
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the family on the death of Blair. He was a very caring, compassionate man who was always willing to help. He came to me to see if I could do a funeral; but I was unable to do so. I told him he could do it and I gave advice on doing a funeral for a friend, which I understand was well received. I will cherish our friendship as God as blessed me with meeting Blair in my life journey.

Brian and Beulah Hester
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to Blair's family and friends.

Norm Morrell
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016
Blair and I were cousins- shared the same great-grandmother.
Being the same age I remember him forever.
Our families got together often. We all had great
Times. Will be greatly missed.

Grant Dawson
   Posted Wed February 24, 2016
I worked with Blair on the Algoma ships and visit with him over the years he was a wonerful person to know. will miss talking to him on the phone, sad to see him go, after his illness, God bless you Blair.....Grant

Don and Karen Linlry
   Posted Wed February 24, 2016
Rest in peace dear friend. We have so many wonderful memories, mainly the summer months and deer season when we visited the Island. We are going to miss the long evenings when you would visit the camp. One beer then instant coffee. The Gore Bay council are going to miss your letters and questions on the spending of tax payer's money. You kept them on their toes. You were a special person and even more special as a friend. We have a picture of you, Blair Clarke and Don that sits on a shelve in our living room proudly showing the friendship between all of you. Miss you but did not like to see you suffer anymore.

Chris McNeil
   Posted Wed February 24, 2016
From the first ride when my brother and I were young to the island to some of the last ones this summer back to the Island it has been a pleasure to have Blair around to see not only all of us Clarkes grow up but also see our kids grow up.(even when they drove him a little batty)
If the garage door was open he was always there for a coffee and conversations picked up even if visits were far between.Taught us if you believe in something stay true to your convictions and see it through to the end. For this I know myself and family are grateful to have been a part of the journey. Keep the garage door open up there

Cody Denton Middaugh
   Posted Thu February 25, 2016
My condolences to Blair's many friends and family. Because Blair was always around my family and at my grandfather Blair Clarke's side, I've always considered Blair as an uncle. As a friend, Blair has been there in the best of times and the worst of times. He was a loyal, honest, and kind friend. He will be deeply missed by all those who called him friend.

Marilyn+Brian Travis, Evan and Lee
   Posted Thu February 25, 2016
Our condolences to Blair's family and friends. He was a wonderful camp neighbour to my boys and us. We have fond memories of swapping stories at hunting season and catching up on Tobacco Lake news.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Marilyn & Brian

Corey Clarke
   Posted Fri February 26, 2016
Loved and cherished by the Clarke family

Cindy Wainright
   Posted Thu March 03, 2016
I have many great memories of Blair. Remembering often Blair pulling up for a visit, whether at Gore Bay or Tobacco Lake, or us going to visit him. He always made you feel welcomed into his home. He was not only trustworthy but also a good friend. He will be missed.
Rest in peace.


Kathleen Maxwell
   Posted Tue December 19, 2017
Going through some old letters and came across one fr9m Blair just realizing he is gone great guy we sailed together for about 10 years he always said I was the best cook he ever came across . I always intended to visit but never did . Sorry for your loss

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