Johnston, Wallace Arthur 'Wally'

Wally Johnston of Meaford passed away peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Meaford on Saturday, December 25, 2021 in his 90th year.

Born in Meaford on November 5th, 1932, Wally was a son of the late James and Sadie (nee McVittie) Johnston.

Wally married his beloved wife, Fern Cathrae on August 28, 1965, and they were happily married for more than 56 years.

He was the loving father of Marie Wilson (Ron) and Ed Johnston (Carolyn),  proud grandfather of Adam and Lucas Johnston; Nathan (Mary), Jonathan, Mathew and Bethany Wilson; and great grandfather to Emma.

Wally was predeceased by his infant son Steven, sister Ellouise Hoggard (late Maurice), brother Len Johnston, brother-in-law Stan Cathrae, sister-in-law Marg Byers, and will be remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and their families.

In 1995 Wally retired from P.P.G. in Owen Sound and thoroughly enjoyed being at home caring for his property on the 15/16 in Meaford, where he and Fern raised their family since 1966. His Cook Street Pentecostal Church family was also very important to him.   Wally will be remembered as a very thorough story teller who loved to spend the time to share all of the details.  He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

A private service will be conducted at the Cook Street Pentecostal Church with interment following at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford. Masks are mandatory and all Covid-19 rules and restrictions must be respected to keep everyone safe.  Service will be available for viewing on YouTube under Cook Street Pentecostal Church after 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to Gideon’s International Canada, Canadian Foodgrains Bank or the Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E, Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Private Service at Cook Street Pentecostal Church, Meaford, ON. Service will be available for viewing on YouTube under Cook Street Pentecostal Church after 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Donations: Gideon’s International Canada, Canadian Foodgrains Bank or the Meaford Hospital Foundation
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Paul & Sharon Dunn
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    Fern, we were saddened to hear about Wally. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Wally was our good friend and neighbour for many years. He will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him.
    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

  2. Cherie
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    Thought and prayers to all the family
    We are blessed to have coffee, chats and laughs we this gentleman and Fern
    Beautiful couple
    RIP sir wally
    You will be missed and are in God’s hands now
    Sir Wally you will be missed
    Until we see you again
    God bless one and all Cherie,Ron Murray

  3. Jenn and Wayne
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    We are thinking for you and family at this time love and prayers deeply sympathy many god be all at this time wally miss by all

  4. Cathy wilson
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    Our Condolences to you Fern and family. Wally will be missed.

  5. Christine (Moniz)and Bev Graham and family
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers to Fern and family at this time. May wonderful memories ease your sadness and bring you peace.

  6. Wayne & Helen Parker
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to Fern and family in your loss.

  7. Fran Austin
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    So sorry to hear that Wally has passed away. My sincere condolences to Fern and your family and friends. Wally will certainly be missed!

  8. Dianne McDonald
    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    Fern, Marie and Ed and families
    Sorry to hear of Wally’s passing. You will have so many memories of the good times to share for years to come. Our thought and prayers are will you at this time
    Dianne McDonald AJ and Jamie Shortt

  9. Jim & Norma Soul
    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    Sincere condolences on your loss, Fern. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  10. Royce and Marg Hoggard
    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    Aunt Fern, Marie, and Ed and all of your families, we share your sorrow over the passing of Uncle Wally. We remember him fondly for the warm welcome he always gave us, his wonderful sense of humour, and his Christian character and kindness that shone through all that he said and did. He will be missed, but we will strive to live out his example in our lives. We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers with much love.

    Safely Home
    by Author Unknown
    I am home in heaven, dear ones;
    Oh, so happy and so bright.
    There is a perfect joy and beauty
    in this everlasting light.

    All the pain and grief is over,
    every restless tossing passed;
    I am now at peace forever,
    safely home in heaven at last.

    Did you wonder I so calmly
    Trod the valley of the shade?
    Oh, but Jesus’ love illuminated
    Every dark and fearful glade.

    And He came Himself to meet me
    in the way so hard to tread;
    And with Jesus’ arm to lean on
    could I have one doubt or dread?

    Then you must not grieve so sorely,
    for I love you dearly still.
    Try to look beyond death’s shadows;
    Pray to trust our Father’s will.

    There is work still waiting for you,
    so you must not idly stand.
    Do it now, while life remaineth;
    you shall rest in Jesus’ land.

    When that work is all completed,
    He will gently call you home;
    Oh, the rapture of that meeting;
    Oh, the joy to see you come!

  11. Jo-Ann (Loucks) Craig
    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    It was with such pleasure to chat with Wally and I will always remember the wonderful hospitality you extended to me. I was saddened to hear that Wally had passed away and I know that he will be truly missed by so many people. Please except our sincere condolences Fern and family and may you find peace and comfort in your memories.

  12. Vicky Gauthier
    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    Marie and Ron, your Mom and brother and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. We know how much you adored him.
    You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Vicky and Danielle xxxxx

  13. Wayne Clubine
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    We were saddened to read of Wally’s passing but joyful that He is now safely home with The Lord. We always enjoyed our chats with Fern & Wally whether at church or in the grocery store. He always gave us the updates of the family. I know Jerry spent many fun times with Ed at your home. We will be praying for the family as they mourn a dear Father & husband.’
    In Christian love
    Wayne & Joan Clubine

  14. Bev and Gail Murray
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Sorry to hear of your loss but know he is safely home and has left many memories for you to share and will be missed greatly until you meet again God Bless

  15. Ron & Janice Boyes
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Our condolences to Fern and family at this time.
    Sincerely Ron & Janice Boyes

  16. Shirley and Mervyn Kobe
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Dear Fern. We offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Cherish the wonderful memories that you will have gathered over your many years together. You are in our thoughts ad prayers Shirley and Mervyn Kobe

  17. Susan Rivard
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Marie , Fern and Ed I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have so many good memories of staying over with Marie and hearing those stories around your supper table! Mr. Johnston made many , many trips out to Woodford to collect me for church, and to take me home again and I was always so grateful. Please take good care . I’m thinking of you all during this time.

  18. Norma White
    Thursday, December 30, 2021

    Fern, Marie, Ed and your families,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of such a quiet, gentle man. Wally indeed was a story teller who could always add humour in his conversation with you. Always enjoyed our fellowship at the Parker Reunions.
    Glenn and Norma

  19. Jim Cunningham
    Friday, December 31, 2021

    Dear Fern, Marie, Ed and family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of such a quiet, gentle, Godly giant of a man.
    I met Wally at beginning my employment in the maintenance dept. of PPG.
    He quickly became one of my first “go to” guys, for information and advise on how the machinery operated and how to best maintain, repair, trouble shoot the equipment when it failed.
    Wally had a calm, steady, confident mannerism about him that often helped me settle down, relax and feel less agitated when things went sideways.
    Indeed, Wally was a story teller and as we worked “shift-work” together, and got to know each other very well, we had time for many stories as we became very good friends.
    I firmly believe God used this man mightily in his employment at PPG to mentor many men, who worked with him. Wally was one of the Lords servants who were instrumental in my being a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. To whom I am forever grateful.
    Fern, Marie, Ed; Wally will be missed, but never forgotten in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him and calling him friend.
    We grieve with you in your loss, Wally ran his race on earth well, I’m confident, he rests in the arms of our Creator God in ever lasting comfort, peace and joy.
    Thank you, Lord, (& Fern) or sharing Wally Johnston with me.
    Jim Cunningham

  20. Rev. Jerry Clubine
    Friday, December 31, 2021

    My dear friends,

    My heart goes out to you as you grieve but also rejoice knowing where Wally now resides.

    Here’s a story about Wally…

    Ed and I thought we’d ‘snow’ Wally one night so we hid in the tree that towered over the garage. Maybe some remember it but the main thing to know about this garage was that it was only wide enough when you drive in so that the driver could get his door open but the passenger side was right up against the wall. We knew when he would get home from work so we climbed the tree a little early and stayed behind it until the car pulled in. Then we both leaned out around the branch that’s over the main door to throw all the snow down on him when he walked out. But he didn’t walk out… so we waited a while longer. After a few minutes he shot out the opposite side before turning and laughing up at us. We almost fell out of that tree dying of laughter! He never told us how he knew and it’s probably best that way.

    I had the fortunate opportunity to know Wally when I was a kid and told him how much I appreciated him as a type of spiritual mentor one father’s day. He was embarrassed by this of course but looking back I’m glad to have had his stories as well as his wise words at that age… telling him so meant a lot of me.

    Blessings All!


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