Thomas Allan Johnston (1947 2014) Passed away on April 25, 2014 at the Stratford General Hospital after a battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). He is survived by his wife and best friend of 33 years Sherry Yundt and his cherished Welsh Terrier Denby. Tom was born in London, Ontario on August 20, 1947, son of the late Allan and Claire Johnston. Survived by his sister Patricia Durst. Many thanks to sister-in-law Carolyn Yundt for all her assistance with Tom throughout this illness. He lived his early life in Stratford, before moving to British Columbia and then Toronto in his various aviation positions. Tom received his private pilot licence at age 16 and was at that time the youngest pilot in Canada. Flying was Tom’s life and passion. Tom flew many types of airplanes around the world for over 50 years. From Flight Instructor, to various positions with Transport Canada (Air Traffic Controller and then a Civil Aviation Inspector in the following areas– civil aviation planner, personnel and aircraft licensing, special aviation events). Then he was a Test Pilot with Boeing Canada (formerly de Havilland, now Bombardier), then pilot delivering and demonstrating aircraft around the world for Worldwide Aircraft Ferrying, then Chief Pilot, Air Georgian and finally an Approved Check Pilot. He flew many aircraft types but especially DC3, DHC-7, DHC 8 and Beechcraft 1900. He had lengthy periods instructing pilots in New Delhi India, China, Panama, the Caribbean and Columbia. Tom was also a Travel Agent with Hospitality Tours of Toronto. Tom and Sherry loved to travel and they travelled all over the world. In 2005, they designed a trip to circumnavigate the globe. The trip went like this Hong Kong and Beijing China, Singapore, Palm Cove and Brisbane Australia, Bangkok, Thailand, New Delhi and Agra India, Athens and Iraklion Greece, Valkenburg and Amsterdam the Netherlands and Frankfurt Germany. They were both very glad they made this trip then when they could. In October 2012 Tom and Sherry moved back home to Stratford and in early 2013 he was diagnosed with ALS. Tom will be sadly missed by family, friends and colleagues. Visitations at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Tuesday, April 29, from 7:00 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of Tom’s life will follow at the Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford. A private interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford. All those wishing to express remembrances of Tom or tell tales of his flying adventures may do so at the Arden Park Hotel. Sincere thanks to the ALS Team at University Hospital, London especially Dr. C. Shoesmith, Neurologist and Dr. D. Leasa Respirologist, Dr. P. Lussier, Internist and Dr. K. Hook Stratford General Hospital and nurses, staff and volunteers at the Stratford General Hospital for their care and attention. Donations to the Stratford General Hospital Foundation or the ALS Society of Canada can be made through the W. G. Young Funeral Home 430 Huron Street, Stratford, N5A 5T7, 519 271 7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Visitation
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Service
Wednesday, April 30th at 11:00 a.m.
W.G. Young Funeral Home
430 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario

Reception
Arden Park Hotel
552 Ontario Street
Stratford, Ontario
12 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Donations
Stratford General Hospital Foundation
ALS Society of Canada


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