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76 Prospect Street
Rockville-Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 875-5490
Fax: (860) 872-8200
Ralph Johnston

Ralph R. Johnston

Sunday, July 20th, 1930 - Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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Ralph R. Johnston, 88, of Coventry, CT passed away peacefully on June 13, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on July 20, 1930 in Presque Isle, ME to the late Vera (Stilwell) and Earland Johnston. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Zigmond) for nearly sixty-two years. Growing up in Maine he enjoyed hunting and working in the lumber camps. Ralph served his country in the Marine Corps in Artillery during the Korean War. He was employed with Electric Boat, building submarines, for almost forty years, retiring as an NQC inspector. After retiring he moved to Lake Placid, FL with his wife where he immensely enjoyed fishing and boating from his own back yard. After many years in Florida, he built a new home in Coventry, CT. He enjoyed camping, square dancing, reading, playing cards, history, western movies and fishing but especially being with friends. He loved touring the northeast with his wife Lorraine, and his beloved Gold Wing Aspencade. Having been a long-distance trucker he enjoyed his get together with his friends at the Haul of Fame Truck Museum in Canterbury, CT. He was a kind and quiet man who always helped others. Besides his wife Lorraine, he is survived by his son, Randy Johnston and Sherry, his granddaughter Nikole Beloat, and his two great grandchildren, all of Greeneville, TN, son in law, Jack Canfield and Barb of South Gibson, PA; brother, Dana Johnston and Joyce of Ellsworth, ME and Earl Johnston and Irma of Zephyrhills, FL. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his daughter Wendy Canfield, his brother Arnold Johnston and his twin sisters, Arlene and Carleen; his sister in law Olive Johnston , his brother in laws; Edward Zigmond and Trevor Jones. Relatives and friends may join the family on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Coventry-Pietras Funeral Home, 2665 Boston Turnpike, Coventry, CT between 3pm-5pm with a Funeral Home service at 5pm, followed by Military Honors. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the North Coventry Fire Department, Memo: Ambulance Fund , 3427 Main Street, Coventry, CT, 06238. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 17th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Coventry - Pietras Funeral Home
    Address
    2665 Boston Turnpike
    Coventry 06238
  • Service

    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 17th, 2019 5:00pm
    Location
    Coventry - Pietras Funeral Home
    Address
    2665 Boston Turnpike
    Coventry 06238

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Alan Diaz

Posted at 08:43am
I knew Ralph was ill but I was shocked to read, this morning, of his passing. It was my pleasure to get to know Ralph over the past few years, at the Haul of Fame. Having both been Marines, we shared a lot of stories and a special bond. I'm saddened at this news. My sincere sympathies to Lorraine and the rest of Ralph's family. I will truly miss my friend and brother. Semper Fi, Ralph; Rest in peace until we meet again.
Alan (Canterbury, CT)
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