Murray Johnston

Murray Bertram Johnston

June 26, 1921 - June 29, 2020
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Murray passed away early Monday morning June 29, 2020 at Country Haven Retirement Home, Beachburg in his 100th year. Loving husband of the late Marjorie Johnston (McArthur). Murray is survived by his sister Gladys Mosier. He was the son of the late Robert & Mable Johnston. He was predeceased by his siblings Hartzel, James, Kenneth, William, Ernest, Chealous, Fred, Robert, Gordon, Iva, Dorothy, Lillian, Ruth and Mildred. He leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews and friends. Murray was a well known local musician who played in many of the old dance halls throughout the Valley.
As per Murray's request, professional arrangements have been entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, Renfrew. There are to be no formal services, simply laid to rest in Rosebank Cemetery, beside his wife Marjorie, who predeceased him last year. Condolences, tributes and donations can be made at
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    Rosebank Cemetery
    305 Haley Road
    Haley Station, Ontario K0J 1Y0
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Charlotte Cleroux

Posted at 10:29am
Murray was a gentle soul who I would bring loved to tease. My fondest memories of him are years ago when he worked at Wilson’s grocery store on Lisgar St. Every time I would bring mom’s order into the store he would say,” oh another love letter just for me”.

Kathryn Windle

Posted at 07:41pm
God rest the soul of this sweet, music loving, gentleman. He had a sense of humour like none other and my best memories of him are at Colton Lake, when we played guitar and sang together. My condolences to his family and friends.

Rev. Dave McFarlane

Posted at 02:55pm
My deepest and sincerest and deepest condolences to the family of Murray Johnston. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 - Rev. Dave McFarlane, Renfrew Presbyterian Church


Posted at 12:32pm
Murray was such a part of our growing up. He and our Dad, J.Allen Wilson... were 1st cousins. Their friendship was not only rooted in their being cousins, but also in their shared love of country and western music, and their incredibly similar senses of humour. As well, they both had pretty special guitars, one a Gibson and the other a Martin . Practical jokes were the currency of the time. As we remember things, there was always laughter in our house when any of the Johnsons were there!. Special memories for sure. RIP
Donna (Wilson) Jones of Renfrew and Judy (Wilson)Frawley of Kingston

Debbie Shields

Posted at 01:01pm
I remember many a night when Murray would come to visit our dad, Dave Farquharson, and Murray would be telling jokes and stories and we would be hanging on every word. I had an assignment to write a tall tale and Murray was the one who told me a few so I could complete my assignment! My kids used to love to visit Murray and Marge when we would return to Renfrew and he would tell stories about when he and my dad would hang out. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Debbie Farquharson Shields

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