Dr. DWC Johnston, 67, of Edmonton, AB, passed away suddenly on Monday February 19th, 2018 at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he had dedicated much of his professional life.

Dr. Bill Johnston Memorial

Born in Edmonton to Cooper and Wanda Johnston, he lived most of his life in Edmonton. He followed in the footsteps of his father, working as a dedicated orthopedic surgeon, including roles as the Director for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery from 1986-1998, the Chief of Surgery at the University of Alberta Hospital and Grey Nuns Community Hospital during the 1990s, and the Site Medical Director at the University Hospital from 1998-2013.

Bill loved to travel the world, but was happiest reading the paper in his sunroom or at his beloved cabin, River Run. He loved his Edmonton Eskimos, farmers markets, the Rolling Stones, and cooking soups that could never be replicated. He will be forever remembered for his knife skills both in the operating room and in the kitchen.

Bill loved his family and friends quietly and wholeheartedly.

He will always be loved by his adoring wife Mary Ritchie, with whom he shared many worldly adventures, quiet nights at home and enjoying gourmet meals with their large family. He is also survived by his 4 children, Susan Boissonneault (Grant), Laureen Partington (Jeremy), Ron (Sarah Ramsey) and Elizabeth Tyson (Shaun) and his 2 stepchildren Eric Arnold (Laura) and Kathleen Ritchie. He was known as “Grumps” to his 5 grandchildren, Jessica & Valerie Partington; Adam and Nathan Boissonneault; and Baby Tyson. Bill was very fortunate to have had many life-long friends, including very close relationships with his younger sisters and their husbands; Susan Stratton (Bruce), Lynn Fraser (Tom Turner), Jill McLennan (Graham) and Margot Routhier (Steve). Bill was predeceased by his first wife of 30 years, Mary Johnston (nee Banister) who left him too early from Melanoma in 2004.

In 2006, Bill Johnston helped establish The Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research at the Cross Cancer Institute, Canada’s first melanoma research professorship, made possible by a $1 million donation in honour of Mary from her family and friends.

Mary and Bill Johnston’s dedication to Melanoma Research will live on through the important work made possible by this Professorship and research Chair.

In lieu of flowers, please join him in supporting his cherished cause.

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