Edmond J. Johnston Sr.

Published 2:23 pm Monday, April 26, 2021

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FRANKLIN – Edmond John “Popi-Guy” Johnston Sr., 77, of Franklin, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on April 25, 2021. Ed was born on Nov 18, 1943 in Stamford, Connecticut to Edmond C. and Mabel Smith Johnston. He received his GED while in the Navy and was ordained as a minister after attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Edmond J. Johnston Sr.

Ed is survived by his six children, Nena Winslow and husband, Wayne of Sturbridge, Massachusetts; Kerri Peterson and husband, Michael of Dudley, Massachusetts; Scharri Loader and husband, Jamie of Woodstock, Connecticut; Nikki Kustak of Webster, Massachusetts; Erin Johnston and husband, Christopher Miffitt of Arthurdale, West Virginia; and Edmond “J.R.” Johnston Jr. and wife, Alicia of Franklin. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Nya Winslow, Colin Johnston, Jamie Loader, Brett Loader, Kyle Kustak, Christopher Kustak, Noah Miffitt, Timothy Johnston and Sophie Johnston; and brother, Robert Johnston and wife, Theresa of Greensboro, North Carolina.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Gayle Johnston.

Ed had many interests. He had an eclectic taste for cars, turning trash into treasures, writing stories and in his final months he found comfort in drawing. He was also a spiritual man and attended many churches over the years; he found great joy in studying and sharing his beliefs and the word of God. He touched many lives by opening his heart and home. His outspoken and teasing nature will be remembered by all.

Ed will be laid to rest next to his loving wife of over 33 years in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Although flowers are appreciated, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 2235 Staples Mill Road Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23230.