Dr. Roy P. Johnston

Roy P. Johnston CANANDAIGUA - Dr. Roy P. Johnston, age 85, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Morrison) Johnston; three daughters, Karen (Curt) Checho, Diane Johnston (Steve Fox) and Nancy Johnston; six grandchildren, Tyler, Kara, Amy, Chad, Brandon and Ali; in-laws, Mary Lou and Rod Monnat and Florence and Edward Morrison of New Hampshire; and extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Roy was born on Aug. 18, 1928, in Boston, Mass., to Horace and Auguste (Dehmelt) Johnston. He was a graduate of Farmington High School, Farmington, N.H., class of 1946. Roy enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 24, 1946, received training in the field of meteorology and was honorably discharged on April 27, 1948. He earned his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in psychology from the University of New Hampshire at Durham in 1953. Roy was a member of University of New Hampshire's track and field team, under his mentor and coach, Paul Sweet. Roy earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957. Roy was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, Farmington, N.H., Boys and Girls Club in November, 2010. He was awarded the Bristol Harbour Village Invitational Century Tennis Tournament Doubles Championship in 1998, as well as singles and doubles tennis championships at Seneca Point, City of Canandaigua, and Sonnenberg Park during summer tournaments held from 1964 to 1998. Roy held memberships and participation on Clark Manor Board of Managers, Ontario County Historical Society Board of Trustees, Veterans Administration Hospital Research and Development Committee, Canandaigua Scientific Association, First Congregational Church of Canandaigua, American Philatelic Society, Scandinavian Stamp Club, Finger Lakes Stamp Club, and ATO Fraternity. He authored and co-authored 25 published research papers in psychology and psychiatry while employed as a clinical psychologist from 1957 to 1988 at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua. Roy's life was filled with joy in friendships, which he had through lifelong participation in sports, in professional and social organizations and in activities, such as family Mount Washington ascents. He enjoyed genealogy research and was a passionate and knowledgeable collector. Roy loved cheering on his grandchildren at athletic events and showed great kindness and encouragement to his daughters and grandchildren in their pursuits. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., 47 N. Main St., Canandaigua. A celebration of Roy's life will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Food Pantry, First Congregational Church, 400 Main St., Farmington, NH 03835 (the church of Barbara and Roy's August 31, 1952 wedding); or Ontario County Historical Society, 55 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com

 

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