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Gary Alfred Johnston
September 18, 1950 ~ January 10, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Gary Alfred Johnston, 72, passed away unexpectedly on January 10, 2023 in Charleston SC, surrounded by his wife, daughter and son. Gary was born on September 18, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Andrew and Ethel Johnston. He was their youngest child and is survived by brother Dennis (Margery) and sister Sandra (Mike).
He worked from a young age as a golf caddy, which led to his lifelong love for golf. Gary was a 1968 graduate of Penn Hills High School excelling in Math. He earned a degree in Structural Engineering from the Case Institute of Technology in 1972. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity there.
Gary worked for Arthur Tatman & Associates before starting his own business. In 1984, Gary partnered with Sayan Yadmark to form Y & J Engineering Services. Sy retired but Gary continued to work part time.
Gary met Rosemary (Russo) in 1969. They married in 1973, enjoying 49.5 years of a loving partnership. Gary is also survived by his loving son, Brian (Lorie) and daughter Kelly George (Brett). Grandpa Gary will be greatly missed by his seven grandchildren: Isla, Logan, Keira and Finn Johnston and by Emmylou, Bodhi and Aubrey George. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
As well as golf, Garry was also passionate about painting. In 2005 he began studying watercolor painting. Gary took classes and workshops from dozens of artists over the years. He was a prolific painter and practiced his craft daily. Gary's paintings are sold in galleries, as commissioned works and at art fairs. Many people received his artwork as gifts.
Gary was a member of Berea Kiwanis (25 years), the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Northern Ohio Golf Association, the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Weymouth Country Club, 3846 Weymouth Rd. Medina, Ohio with an open house to follow from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.