Terrence Claude Johnston (1941 - 2019)

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Roberts Funeral Home
62 Bowdoin Street
Winthrop, ME
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Roberts Funeral Home
62 Bowdoin Street
Winthrop, ME 04364
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Celebration of Life
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
3:00 PM
Roberts Funeral Home
62 Bowdoin Street
Winthrop, ME 04364
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Following Services
Monmouth Ridge Cemetery
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MONMOUTH - Terrence Claude Johnston of Monmouth died unexpectedly July 30, 2019 in Lewiston of complications from heart surgery. He was 77. Terry was born Sept. 18, 1941 to Sandy (Alexander) and Polly (Eleanor Lorena Edwards) Johnston in Lewiston.

Following graduation from Winthrop High School in 1960, Terry worked first in shoe shops and then in retail, rising to manager of LaVerdiere's in Winthrop before briefly owning and operating the Litchfield Country Store. He then drove the bus for Monmouth schools for 33 years, becoming a familiar friendly figure to hundreds of schoolchildren.

Terry married Catherine Irene Rogers Nov. 7, 1963. In 1966 they moved to a farm on Cressey Road in Monmouth where they raised two children and lots of pets and livestock. Terry and Cathy were later divorced.

During his school bus driving years, Terry took college courses at UMA, mostly in psychology. A keen observer of human motivation, he found that he already knew all about psychology, just not what things were called.

Terry could fix anything on a car (or anything else), but he modestly called himself just a shade-tree mechanic. He was interested in NASCAR and yard sales, pop music from the 50s through the 90s, World War II movies and history, and pretty much everything else. Son of a valedictorian (Polly), he spotted errors in the newspaper all the time.

He is survived by his second wife, the former Linda Joyce Griffiths, whom he married June 30, 1996. He is also survived by daughter Teresa Beaulieu and her husband Joseph of Byron, Georgia, and by son Daniel Johnston and his daughter Laura of La Serena, Chile; two other granddaughters and a stepgrandson also survive him, Catherine and Amanda Farrington, and Joseph Beaulieu II. There are also six great- grandchildren; Terry's brother Del Johnston; three nieces and one nephew. Terry was predeceased by his brother Kent Johnston and sisters Jan Johnston and Delinda Drury.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 at Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. A celebration of Terry's life will begin at 3:00 p.m., following visitation, after which all are welcome to a committal service at Monmouth Ridge Cemetery on the Cemetery Road, followed by a reception at the North Monmouth Church, 151 N. Main St., N. Monmouth.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.familyfirstfh.com

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Published in Central Maine on Aug. 3, 2019
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