Welcome to the memorial page for

Kenneth Gordon Johnston

May 31, 1947 ~ March 7, 2017 (age 69)

After a lengthy battle with cancer, Kenneth (Ken) Gordon Johnston, 69, of Smithers, BC, died on March 7, 2017, at the BVDH with his family by his side. 

Ken was born on May 31, 1947 at Vancouver General Hospital to Leslie and Clara (Saunders) Johnston who lived on Lulu Island, BC.  The family moved to Quick in 1949.

After graduating from SSS in 1967, Ken cooked in a logging camp before heading to University at Phoenix College and Arizona State.  While living in Arizona, Ken met Margaret Georgeanne (Haring) Ricketts who was a single parent of three young girls. On September 18, 1971, Ken married Margaret and returned to Smithers with his family.

Ken was a partsman, bookkeeper and partner at Highline Farm Equipment in the early 1970s.  In January 1985, Ken received his professional designation as a Certified General Accountant and started his own accounting firm. Ken enjoyed his clients and found great satisfaction in his work. In 2009, Ken sold his firm to his son-in-law, but continued to work during tax season.

Ken had many loves including American history, travelling, Nascar, country music, karaoke, and dancing. Ken and Margaret travelled to many historical sites, and attended concerts of some of the great country western music stars of the time. Ken also enjoyed gardening and loved the many cats who shared their home.

Ken will be best remembered for his kindness and generosity; his easy smile and sense of humour; his warm, generous hugs; and for being a man of few words – unless needed.

Ken accepted Christ as his Saviour as a pre-teen and lived with God as his friend and Lord. Through many heartaches and health issues, Ken would turn to God and remember Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.”

Ken is predeceased by his parents, Les & Clara Johnston, his sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley (Gordon) Wakefield and Alma (Paul) Wert. Ken is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret; his daughters and son-in-law, Brenda Johnston, Candy McKinley, Tammy (Todd) Larson; his brothers and sister-in-law, Ray (Lorraine) Johnston of Terrace, BC and Tom Johnston, Edson, AB; as well as his grandchildren Trevor, Wade (Leanne), & Glenn (Katie) Lubbers, Kyle Romphf, Michan (Erik) Mendel, Abby (Markus) Haines, Rachel, Tyrel, Caleb and Danielle McKinley, Tara (Lee) Corneau, Kelsey (Dan) Tran; and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews – all of whom he loved dearly.

Ken’s soft heart, his ability to face all situations with grace, and his ability to see the good in people and circumstances will be greatly missed.

We appreciate Ken’s doctor of many years, Dr. Marius Scholtz, for his efforts to keep Ken comfortable during his illness, and for the gentle hands of many nurses at BVDH who cared for him during his battle with cancer. 

Anyone wishing to make memorial donations in Ken’s name can do so to the Canadian Cancer Society, the local Salvation Army, the Gideons International or the SPCA


 Service Information

Celebration of Life
March 17, 2017

2:00 PM
Evangelical Free Church
1838 Main Street
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

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