In Memory

Ted Johnston

Ted Johnston

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08/13/14 05:09 PM #1    

Lyle Jones

Ted Johnston

Theodore Earl Johnston, 72, of Meadville, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Rolling Fields Eldercare Community, Conneautville, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

A lifelong resident of Meadville, Ted was born June 11, 1942, a son of Patterson and Florence Schwab Johnston. He married Margaret L. Mattocks June 18, 1960, and she survives.


Ted retired early this year from a career in the tool and die industry that spanned more than 50 years and included being past president of the National Tooling and Machining Association. He began his career at Pennsylvania Tool and Gage, served his apprenticeship, worked and became part owner of Canto Tool over 35 years, then worked for 10 years at Pennco Tool and came full circle, retiring from Pennsylvania Tool and Gage.

He was a member and elder of Watson Run Presbyterian Church, a 32nd degree Mason and past master of Masonic Lodge 234, a member of the Kismet Grotto, National Rifle Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Ted dedicated a great portion of his life to service to others, including West Mead and Vernon Central Volunteer fire departments, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Vernon Township Planning Commission, Meadville Babe Ruth Baseball and Vernon Township Little League. Ted was also an active booster for the Meadville Area Senior High School wrestling team, working the Tool City Tournament for 25 years and serving as its president for 10 years.

Above all, Ted enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting, especially in the Rocky Mountains, fishing, attending his grandsons’ sporting events and listening to bluegrass music.

In addition to his wife, Margie, of 54 years, Ted is survived by three sons, Dale E. Johnston and his wife, Susie of Meadville, Brian L. Johnston and his wife, Sue, of Meadville and Lance R. Johnston and his wife, Melissa, of Cranberry Township; five grandsons, Kenneth, Bill, Tyson and his wife, Sarah, Jacob and Jarrett; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Madelyn; a sister, Norma Palmer of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews, including Jay Palmer of Blooming Valley, with whom he was especially close.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Lester Palmer.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with a Masonic service at 6:45 p.m.

The funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Meadville Masonic Center, 21635 Star Route 27, Meadville, with the Rev. Frank Duncan, pastor of Watson Run Presbyterian Church, officiating.

08/13/14 06:46 PM #2    

Martha McLaud (Tonucci)

I remember a very kind and thoughtful classmate. Rest in Peace, Ted. My sympathy and prayers to your family. Martha


08/13/14 08:10 PM #3    

Carol LaWanda Wills (Frew)

Ted was on my school bus & one of the great guys i meet at the shool by the divided highway kerrtown( almost forgot the name), he dated my best friend barb for awhile, such a great guy, condolences to his wife & family, sounds like he enjoyed life, carol lawanda wills frew

08/13/14 11:01 PM #4    

John Peterson

Ted was another good friend from Kerrtown and Vernon Twp. baseball team days.. I will miss him.

John Peterson

08/15/14 11:31 AM #5    

Don Sweeney

Ted and I were great buds during high school. I am sorry I didn't see him and Margie more on my trips back to Meadville. My condolences to the family. Maybe we will meet in the great beyond?

08/16/14 01:08 PM #6    

Ronald Maziarz

Phil Passilla and I went to visit Ted the last week of July. That day he was alert, we talked about fishing, I was leaving in a few days for fishing in Canada. We talked about his trips to fish in Alaska. So surprised when he passed so soon. We went to school together from the 1st grade. He will be missed.

08/16/14 09:54 PM #7    

Margaret Mattocks (Johnston)

Ted and I spent a long life together. 54 year on June 18th, He was in the hospital and we had just learn after many years of pain [mostly back] He had ALS [ lou Gehrigs Diesease and Pulmonary Fibrosis of the Lung. He spent 54 years working in Tool and Die and love his work. He love so many things and enjoy life to the Max.I will never forget our life together. We have so many stories of our life .I will share with the grandchilden as we go.Rest in peace my love.

08/17/14 01:13 PM #8    

Maron Brown (Calderwood Mays)

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. What a great guy! What a brave guy! I am sad that we are all getting old and starting to fall apart - but that is life - and there have been lots of wonderful times. 

Fondly, Maron Calderwood Mays

08/17/14 10:10 PM #9    

Larry Larson

Out thoughts and prayers are with Ted's family.  I recall Ted playing first chair trumpet in the band during our freshman year.  He was a good guy, a good classmate and it appears he turned out to be a great asset to the community, the tool and die industry, our country and helped nurture a great family.  Rest in peace Ted.

Larry Larson

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