Richard F. Johnston, Sr., 81, husband of Edith Johnston, of Hooksett, NH, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021 at the VA Medical Center, Manchester, NH.
Born in Boston, MA, he is the son of the late Charles M. and Julia A. (Haddad) Johnston. Richard was raised and educated in the suburbs of Boston before enlisting in the service shortly before his 18th birthday.
An honorably discharged veteran, Richard proudly served his country as a Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps, 1958-1962. Richard enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow service members and was a long time member of the Marine Corps League.
Following his military service, Richard owner and operated a number of construction companies, specializing in carpentry. He passed these priceless skills and knowledge onto his sons.
A dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend, Richard’s family was paramount in his life. An avid outdoorsman, Richard cherished time spent at the family camp in Charlemont, Massachusetts, making countless memories with family and friends through the decades. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting. Richard and Edith relished adventures around the country including cruising in Alaska, visiting family in Florida, and exploring Disney World with their grandchildren. In recent years, Richard met his friends at Chantilly’s for coffee, breakfast, and companionship. Richard will be best remembered for his patriotism and love of family.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife, Edith Johnston, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage; three sons, Richard F. Johnston, Jr. and wife Linda, Anthony Johnston and wife Jeri, and Scott Johnston and wife Jessica; three daughters, Darlene Mauriello and husband Bob, Tammy Baker and husband Samuel, and Dawn Burns and husband Andy; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: His Visitation will be held in the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Wednesday, September 8 from 1:00P.M. to 2:00P.M. followed by his Funeral Service with Military Honors at 2:00P.M. To view Richard's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.phaneuf.net.