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Dr. Brian Johnstone

February 2, 1924September 23, 2020

Dr. Brian Johnstone passed away after a brief illness on Sept 23, 2020 at the age of 96.

Dr. Johnstone was born in Mt Gambier, S Australia. His family emigrated to England in 1933. He joined the RAF in 1942 and trained as a pilot in Clewiston, Florida, earning his wings in 1943. He returned to the UK, served as an instructor before transitioning to Lancaster bombers. The war ended before he did any operational flying, he was able to obtain an early discharge to attend medical school where he met his future wife, Dr. Audrey. They practiced medicine in the UK until 1966 when they emigrated to Fort Frances. Dr. Johnstone practiced in the Fort for 47 years before his retirement just a month short of his 90th birthday. He was instrumental in starting the first intensive care unit, and also gave anesthesia until age 78. Dr. Audrey preceded him in death, as did his second son, Ian. He is survived by his children Dr. Anthony (Barbara) Johnstone of North Redington Beach, Florida, Anne (Sid) Clemmer of Listowel, Ontario, and Alan Johnstone of Thunder Bay. Grandchildren Brian (Haley) Johnstone of Thunder Bay, Dr. Mary Jo(Adam) Friedberg of Brooklyn, Alexandra (Dr. Rory) Tippit of Winnetka, IL, and Mark (Jodi Davis) Johnstone of Cape Coral, FL and Great-grandchildren Tristan, Sienna, Annabelle, Ben, Christine, and Gavin. Dr. Johnstone truly appreciated the kindness and support of the people of Fort Frances through the last 54 years. At his request there will be no public service held. If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Health Care Foundation, 110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 2B7. Online condolences may be made in care of


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Carrie Lynn Murphy

October 1, 2020

Dr. Naylor sent me to Dr. Johnstone for my allergies. He was great!! After Dr Naylor left Dr. Johnstone became my doctor. He was a great man who went out of his way to help his patients. He would tell it like it was and I always admired his “down to earth” nature. He will be sadly missed. Condolences to the family❤️

leola lauzon

October 1, 2020

You will truly be missed.
I know him as my Doctor and as my fathers Doctor , my dad was 49 years old when Dr. Johnstone came into his life.
My dad had a heart attack and He stayed with him all night working to save him. He had been on the phone with the specialist in Winnipeg that told him He would have to let him go, not much they could do for him, Dr. Johnstone refused to give in got my father stable enough to make a flight to wpg, he lived for 21 more years in Dr. Johnstones care.
For all that you did for my Father I Thank you.
You were truly a gift from above May You Rest in Peace.

Barbara Mallory

September 30, 2020

Best doctor, ever. We’ll miss you.

Rose Cousineau

September 30, 2020

Dearest Dr. Johnstone,
Oh, the colorful stories you shared with us and the time you took to listen to ours in return. You always credited our late night calls as we reported…”I can’t quite put my finger on it but, things are not right …” and ten minutes later you were coming in the door in time for the code. You always conducted yourself with honesty and honor resulting in your staff following your lead anywhere. We will always have our own little memories and stories to cherish.
Family; thank you for sharing him with us for all those years. (18 years personally)
Happy travels to you as you look over your shoulder at us and wink with the knowledge of the next adventure already playing out.
Rose Cousineau
Phoenix, AZ

Mildred Hahkala

September 29, 2020

As young “mothers to be”, my dearest friend over the years, Marilyn (Shorteed) Venerus and I booked our medical appointment s for the same time, w/Dr. Brian. We always laughed at how he would say “Hop up on the table” when we were full term! Loved him! Sincerest Condolences to Family🌹. RIP dear sweet Dr. Brian 🙏🏻.

sylvia johnston

September 28, 2020

Dr. Johnstone with his colleges and the many nurses that worked with him at Riverside Hospital in Fort Frances.

Carolynn POTTER

September 28, 2020

I was one of the nurses he taught the ICU course to. I worked with him 1971 to 1985. I experienced total reassurance to have him directing the ICU. He was a joy to welcome to the floor . You could always smell the sweet aroma of his just snuffed pipe. He taught my husband to fly . He directed the medical care needs of our children He was up to date in medical care, medication and method. I never heard a negative word from him. Dear family, many do not understand the missing of our aging family after their demise. I believe there is a spirit that will be with you , that will comfort you and will fade leaving you with peace. God bless Condolences Carolynn (Cain) Potter and family


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