Joseph C. Johnston

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Joseph C. Johnston Greece: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at age 82. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Jean; their five children, Sue Johnston, Mike (Janine) Johnston, Steve (Margie) Johnston, Dan (Sherri) Johnston and Joe (Kristin) Johnston. Joe was Pop Pop to 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Joe is also survived by siblings, Paul (Roseann) Johnston, Janie (John) O'Donnell and John (Kay) Johnston; many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving family and dear friends. Joe was a Loyal Son of Notre Dame (1958) and passed on his love for Our Lady and the Fighting Irish. Joe was an avid hunter, and many lifelong friendships came from days spent in pursuit of deer and turkey. It is epically poetic that we will celebrate Joe’s life on the opening day of deer season. Joe's visitation will be held Friday, November 16th 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Rd. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 17th 9:30 AM at St. Lawrence Church 1000 N. Greece Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or Inlet Ambulance Squad/Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services ( in his memory. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit

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  1. Dear Jean, Sue, Mike, Steve ,Dan and Joe:
    We were so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. What a wonderful man. So many great memories from the St. Lawrence and Cardinal Mooney days..
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. God bless Joe and all of you.

  2. Joe was my Department head at Kodak Park when I started working there in the mid 80’s. I was hired as a temporary employee but he worked for months to get me a full time position in the Dope department. After almost a year of being unsuccessful he found me a full time position and I was luck enough to have 26 years in the company. Joe always took the time to stop and talk to everyone of his people, no matter how busy he was he always asked how you were. He took an interest in you as a person and his sincerity was genuine.

    Years after I would see him down in Birdsall hunting, or rather driving around all the time with Joe Ange looking for a spot! I would be walking on the road heading back to the cabin and he always knew it was me and they would stop, back up and say hello. Saturday as I sit in my stand I will think fondly of him and the role model he was to a very young 22 year boy just starting out in life. Thanks Joe for everything.

  3. Sincere sympathy is felt for you and all of your sweet family, Jean.
    I will never forget the day that I met Joe. We were at the Pittsford Inn and if memory serves me right there was a girl by the name of Jean sitting there at the table with a group of girls including me and low and behold Jean caught Joe’s eye..
    Joe will be truly missed he was such a good person inside and out. Anyone who met Joe was truly blessed.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Big Joe was a very thoughtful and wonderful person. He was an important part of my maturity as I was growing up. I will never forget those trips we had with Big Joe to the Adirondacks, and I will always miss stop & talking with him during school breaks & visits. Sharon & I can only offer our deepest sympathies to you. Please call us if you want someone to talk to during this tough moment and I will be there for you.

    May Big Joe rest in peace.

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