JOHNSTON, Frederick Jr., formerly of Arlington, MA. and Wilmington, DE. passed away in Santa Fe, NM. on Friday, July 14, 2017 with daughter Elise and her life partner, Keri at his side. Fred was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School, DE. and received his BA. from the College of Wooster, Ohio. He married, though later divorced, his college sweetheart and the mother of hischildren, Carla Brooks Johnston. Prior to relocating to New Mexico to be closer to his daughter while receiving assisted living care, Fred led an active life in Somerville and Arlington, Massachusetts. Fred was an engineer, a chemist, a go-to- guy who could fix anything. As a longtime employee of Arthur D. Little and then TIAX, he made significant contributions to projects for NASA, the US Navy, the medical and battery industries. As much as he enjoyed his work, he always found time to spend with his children, and later his grandchildren: building things, canoeing, sailing, and much more. He was an Eagle Scout, not just as a young adult, but throughout his life always helping others and offering scouting lessons.
While in Massachusetts, he was an active member of the Concord Chorus, taught courses at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and served as Deacon for a number of churches, Pilgrim Congregational Church in Lexington, most recently. Fred cared a great deal about being a good Christian. He continued to go to services in New Mexico at the United Church of Santa Fe. Fred enjoyed music of all sorts, having marched with the College of Wooster band when in school and later rebuilding player pianos as a hobby. He especially enjoyed jazz concerts, and at times contra dancing and square dancing. When not operating ham radios, fixing cars, repairing old clocks, flying RC planes, working on model trains, visiting antique car shows, or working on his life-long building project in Maine, Fred could be found sailing with his son, hot air ballooning with his daughter, or flying in gliders with his grandchildren. He was a kind and generous soul who could carry on an interesting conversation with anyone since for years he was an avid reader and a regular listener of NPR and public television. He knew something about everything.
The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care over the past three years given by both the staff at Kingston Residence of Santa Fe and the hospice staff at Compasses. Funeral services will be held at the United Church in Santa Fe on Wednesday, August 2 at 10 am. (1840 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, NM). For more information regarding the service, please call the church at 505 988 3295. A family gathering will be held in the spring at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE where Fred’s ashes will be buried alongside his parents. Predeceased are his parents, Frederick L. Johnston, Sr. and Mildred (Schuenemann) Johnston and brother James Johnston. He will be missed greatly by his daughter Elise, and Keri; son, Eric, and Debbi; grandchildren Jesse, Kelsea and Tenzin; by his brothers Ken and Steve and the families of all the brothers; and by his cousin Frances, Mary Helen, Judy and Paul. He is with God as he makes his final resting place.
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