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Earl C. Johnston, 83, a retired government employee, died on Sept. 8, 2017, after a period of declining health. Earl was born on September 11, 1933, in Wichita, Kan., and was the only child of the late C. Michael Johnston and Margaret Logan Johnston. He had lived in Georgetown, Mass., since 1978.
Mr. Johnston was raised on a dairy farm near Attica, Ks., attended Attica High School, and was a graduate of Kansas State University, Class of 1955. Earl served in the U.S. Army as a food inspector and later went to work for the U.S. Department of Interior as a seafood inspector. At the time of his retirement in 1990, Mr. Johnston was Chief of the Standards and Specifications Branch, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, in Gloucester, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 41 years, Susan Kennedy Johnston, and his parents. Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife of six years, Sylvia (Hollis) West Johnston; two daughters, Margaret (Molly) and Giovanni Lia of Albogasio, Italy, Elizabeth Johnston and Jerry Blitz of Seward, Ark.; son, Douglas and his wife, Ana of Alexandria, Va.; and step-son, David and Kelly West of Merrimac, Mass. He also leaves four grandchildren, Savannah Fackler, Steven and Jeremy Lia, and Luka Johnston.
Earl was a member of the First Congregational Church of Georgetown, the Georgetown Historical Society, Proprietors of Harmony Cemetery and past president and secretary of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, travel (especially foreign travel), and working with wood. He was very proud of his family and truly enjoyed their visits.
Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St., Georgetown, MA. A memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Georgetown, Mass. Private burial to be held later at Harmony Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, Andover Street, Georgetown; or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114. For funeral home directions, florists or accommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  September 12, 2017
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