BREWER and MILO – Merv Johnston, 90, passed away Dec. 27, 2012, at a Bangor hospital after a brief illness. For 63 years Merv was the loving and devoted husband of Pearl (Hoskins) Johnston. Merv was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Toronto, the son of William J. and Sarah (Gray) Johnston and he never lost his close connection to Canada.
He was employed by Canadian Pacific Railroad in Brownville Junction and retired from Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in Bangor after 32 years as the auditor of revenue. Merv’s passion for the railroad never waned – even after being retired for more than 30 years. Merv was a U.S. Army veteran; he served in World War II and he graduated from Husson College in 1950. He was also a member of the Pleasant River Masonic Lodge, Anah Temple Shrine and First United Methodist Church of Bangor. When their family was young, Merv and Pearl frequently took their boys camping, and a love of the outdoors was instilled in Cliff and Bryce. Later on Merv and Pearl enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. Merv was an avid reader and loved to read anything to do with the history of Maine, L.L.Bean and the railroads. A loyal Red Sox fan, Merv was thrilled to have seen them win not one, but two World Series, something he never thought he would see in his lifetime. Ever the humble and quiet man, Merv was the ultimate gentleman, husband, father and grandfather. He optimistically planted a small garden every summer, he played Sudoku as often as possible, and he ate his beans and franks every Saturday night.
Merv is survived by his wife, Pearl of Brewer; his son, Clifford M. Johnston and his wife, Donna, of Little Rock, Ark.; his son, Bryce R. Johnston and his wife, Stacie, of Yarmouth; and a brother, Lloyd Johnston of Milo. Merv was very proud of his granddaughters, Wendi Johnston Kimball of Mobile, Ala., and Kelsie Johnston of Yarmouth; his three stepgrandchildren, Scott, Kathryn and Stan; as well as his two great-grandchildren, Emily and Casey Kimball.
A gathering of remembrance and a celebration of Merv’s life will be held 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at The Hilton Garden Inn, Haskell Road, Bangor. A graveside service in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, will be held in the spring. Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Lung Association of Maine, P.O. Box 2109, Augusta, ME 04338-2109 or the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements are made in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.