Our family helping your family since 1908 - Generations of Excellence


Dr. Bill Johnston



Dr. DWC Johnston, 67, of Edmonton, AB, passed away suddenly on Monday February 19th, 2018 at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he had dedicated much of his professional life to his love of orthopedics and administration. Born in Edmonton to Cooper and Wanda Johnston, he lived most of his life in Edmonton. He followed in the footsteps of his father, working as a dedicated orthopedic surgeon, including roles as the Director for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, the Chief of Surgery at the University of Alberta Hospital and Grey Nuns Community Hospital, and the Site Medical Director at the University Hospital.

Bill loved to travel the world, but was happiest reading the paper in his sunroom or at his beloved cabin, River Run. He loved his Edmonton Eskimos, farmers markets, the Rolling Stones and cooking soups that could never be replicated. He will be forever remembered for his knife skills both in the operating room and in the kitchen.

Bill loved his family and friends quietly and wholeheartedly. He loved his second wife Mary Ritchie very dearly and in turn will always be loved and adored by her. They shared many worldly adventures, quiet nights at home and enjoying gourmet meals with their large family. He is also survived by his 4 children, Susan Boissonneault (Grant), Laureen Partington (Jeremy), Ron (Sarah Ramsey) and Elizabeth Tyson (Shaun) and his 2 step-children Erik Arnold (Laura) and Kathleen Ritchie. He was known as “Grumps” to his 5 grandchildren, Jessica & Valerie Partington; Adam and Nathan Boissonneault; and Baby Tyson. Bill was very fortunate to have had many life-long friends, including very close relationships with his younger sisters and their husbands; Susan Stratton (Bruce), Lynn Fraser (Tom Turner), Jill McLennan (Graham) and Margot Routhier (Steve). Bill was predeceased by his very beloved first wife of 30 years, Mary Johnston (nee Banister) who left him too early from Melanoma in 2004.

Bill created the Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research in memory of his first wife Mary. In lieu of flowers, please join him in supporting his cherished cause. Any donations made in Bill’s name will be directed to the Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research at the Cross Cancer Institute.


Please join the family to commemorate Bill’s life at the Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue) on Saturday February 24 at 3pm in Hall D.

**** Parking Instructions ****

There are three nearby parkades/surface parking lots just next to the Shaw Conference Centre.

Please note, reserved parking is available in select lots (subject to availability). As per the Shaw Conference Centre website, “please be aware that EPark hours of operation in existing downtown zones will extend from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Rogers Place arena event nights, at a rate of $3.50 per hour. The two hour parking limit in these areas will also be extended to five hours after 5 p.m. on event nights.” A complete list of events at Rogers Place arena can be accessed by referring to their events calendar.

The Canada Place Underground Parkade may be accessed at 9700 Jasper Avenue NW (across the street from the venue). There is also pedway access (P2 door). Parking at the Courtyard by Marriott can be accessed at 99 Street and Jasper Avenue. Grierson Hill offers surface lot parking and is located across from the venue on Grierson Hill. A pedestrian overpass provides access to the Assembly Level of Shaw Conference Centre. Please note, the Grierson Hill option is the only parking lot that is not wheelchair accessible.

For further parking instruction, please visit: https://www.shawconferencecentre.com/our-location/parking/ In order to reserve parking, please visit the following link: https://www.parkingpanda.com/shaw-conference-centre-parking?ref=shaw

Should you require assistance with parking reservations, please contact Parking Panda at (800) 232-6415 to speak with a representative.

In Loving Memory of
Dr. Bill Johnston
Share |
 Print Funeral Details
Funeral Service:
Celebration of Life
Saturday, February 24, 2018
3:00 PM
Shaw Conference Centre
9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton Alberta
 View Map
Click here to visit our own
on-site Floral and Gift Store

Send Thoughtful Gifts via our own Edmonton based Funeral Chapel Flower Store
Send Flowers via our own Edmonton based Funeral Chapel Flower Store
© Connelly-Mckinley Limited     Condolences | Flowers | Chapel Locations | Funeral Planning | Advance Planning | After The Funeral | About | Contact | Site Map | Intranet