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H. Gregory Johnston

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“Fran and family, I am so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. I will never forget the Aquatec years. Greg was brilliant and an outstanding person. ”
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“Dear Fran and the Johnston Family, Though we haven't met in person, you have been a part of my life for almost 25 years. We have raised our kids...Read More »
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“What a lovely obituary. It made us smile. We remember Greg fondly and know how much he will be missed. Sending love to all of you.-Dave & Robyn...Read More »
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“Thank you Nan tough times but keep moving forward ”
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“Your words touched my heart , Liz It feels good knowing FEJ has you ”
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Herbert Gregory "Greg" Johnston passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 19th, surrounded by family in a surprise ending to an otherwise stately paced decline in health. He was born on April 17, 1949, on a snowy Easter Sunday, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Greg proudly described having an idyllic childhood, growing up in Montpelier, where he considered himself a "free range" child. It wasn't uncommon for him to bring visiting cousins into the statehouse to meet the governor, spend time sugaring with horses alongside his uncle, or satisfying a multitude of curiosities that drove him, often to distraction. Following his graduation from Montpelier High School in 1967, Greg enrolled at the University of Vermont. After a stint in the Air Force, based in Westover, MA, he returned to Vermont with his new wife and newborn son, completing his BS and MS in mathematics from UVM in 1976. Greg and Fran raised their two sons and made their home in South Burlington. Greg's curiosity for the world around him continued throughout his life. He loved experiences more than possessions, and the process of learning more than answers. This passion found a home in science and technology, building a small but valued cluster of friendships while working in laboratory and technology fields at Aquatec Inc., and later, his own consulting practice. While consulting, Greg and Fran had the opportunity to travel around the globe. He was inspired by many, and mentored many more. Those he counted as friends also looked to him as an example of thoughtfulness and civility, and often sought his guidance. Greg didn't always teach with words, but he sure had a lot of them. Greg is survived by his wife, Francine Wheeler Johnston; his son, Demian Alexander Johnston, his wife Lori Jurgovsky Johnston and their children Maura Jean Johnston and Kieran Gregory Johnston; his son, Morgan Hugh Johnston, and his wife, Nora Capell Johnston. Greg is also survived by his sisters, Anna Marie Johnston and Elise Johnston Bolda and her husband, David Bolda. Visiting hours will be held Saturday, March 25th, from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. There will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Greg's name to the VNA and Hospice of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446, or online at https://www.vnacares.org.

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