The Obit For Gordon Johnston

Gordon Johnston

Published in the Portland Press Herald on 6/10/2009

PORTLAND -- Gordon Johnston died on June 5, 2009, at the Baron Center in Portland. Born in Ludlow, Mass., on May 17, 1927, he was the son of Alice and Alexander Johnston. Gordon attended Ludlow High School where he excelled in athletics.

He was drafted in 1945, during his senior year in High School, by the New York Yankees. He played professional baseball with the Yankee organization for seven years, interrupted by a two year stint in the Army during which he served in Germany.

After his baseball career, he worked at Smith & Wesson and as a realtor. Gordon was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and was recently inducted into the Ludlow High School Athletic Hall of Fame for the class of 1945.

Gordon especially enjoyed family time and being with his grandchildren. He could be found in the audience, beaming with pride at any of their activities. He was always a gentleman and a kind, quiet and gentle man. He was loved by everyone that met him.

The family especially wants to thank Edith and the staff at the Baron Center for the loving support they provided to Gordon and his family. Gordon is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lillian Wilson Johnston; his son Bruce Johnston of Springfield, Mass., daughter Carol Renell and her husband George Renell of Gray; and three grandchildren, Kevin Johnston of West Springfield, Mass., Brian Renell and Sarah Renell of Gray.

There will be a memorial service on June 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Union Church, 51 Center St., Ludlow, Mass. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 471 Deering Ave., Portland.

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Those wishing to make donations may do so to: The Shriners Children's Hospital 516 Carew St. Springfield, Massachusetts 01104 Gordon Johnston