Robert F. Johnston

September 2, 1928December 4, 2012

Robert F. Johnston, 84, of Manchester passed away December 4, 2012 at Villa Crest Health Care Center following a lengthy illness. He was born in Manchester on September 2, 1928, the son of William and Helen (O’Brien) Johnston.

He was raised and educated in Manchester and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was the popular and respected owner of Bobby’s Lunch from 1964 to 1990. An annual tradition was the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner that he hosted at his restaurant.

Bobby was a very successful professional fighter. He won 36 out of 42 professional fights and was enshrined in the Queen City Sports Hall of Fame. He later mentored successful local fighters, Bobby Rivard and Bobby Stephens.

He was an honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Easter Seals and hosted many Christmas parties for children of that organization. Following his retirement, he worked as a school bus driver for the Manchester Transit Authority and was also employed by the State Pari-Mutuel Commission. He also served as a volunteer for the Meals On Wheels program.

He was pre deceased by his wife of 47 years, Jeannine (Dulude) Johnston on July 6, 1997.

Family members include a daughter, Barbara Anne Snee of Manchester; two sons, Allan F. Johnston and his companion Dee Blake of Webster, NH and Stephen M. Johnston and his wife Lisa of Manchester; eight grandchildren, Kelley Scott, Joseph Johnston, Michelle Rule, Elizabeth Johnston, Shane Johnston, Kelsey Johnston, Shannon Snee and Matthew Snee; two great grandchildren Faith Johnston and Mariah Johnston; three sisters, Mary McGuire of Manchester, Lillian Peltak and her husband Tom of Manchester and Jeanie Johnston of Manchester; four brothers, James Johnston and his wife Shirley of York Beach ME, Frank Johnston and his wife Janice of Manchester, Ronald Johnston and his wife Donna of Dedham MA and Lenny Johnston and his wife Helen of Lehigh Acres, FL; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Bobby was pre deceased by two sisters, Helen Fremeau and Christine Johnston and two brothers, William and Richard Johnston.

Calling hours were on Sunday, December 9th from 1 to 4 PM in the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St, corner of Beech St. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday at 10 AM in St. Pius X Church, 575 Candia Rd. Burial with military honors followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Easter Seals New Hampshire, Attn: Development Department, 555 Auburn St., Manchester NH 03103.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 10, 2012
  • Calling Hours Sunday, December 9, 2012

Robert F. Johnston

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December 13, 2012

Many great times at Bobby's lunch. Playing foosball,making friends. Bob is in my prayers.

Jim Shea

Brian McKenna

December 13, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go to Bobby and his family. Many of my fondest memories growing up were made possible by your generosity. You were a good friend to my Dad and my whole family. Thank you Bobby, the world was a better place with you in it.

Frank Pelczarski

December 10, 2012

My deepest sympathies are extended to the Johnston family: Bobby was a long-time friend of the family who really enjoyed reminising with me at the restaurant about "the old days" with my uncle in the ring and he in his corner. He was a class guy who did much for the youth in the city of Manchester, I'll always remember him and he will indeed be missed.

Danny Johnston

December 10, 2012

Sorry for the family loss. Brought a lot of good memories of Ma and Pa's house gatherings when we were kids. God Bless to all the family.

Lynn Johnston

December 9, 2012

Stevie-Lisa-Barbara & Alan..So sorry for your Loss! Uncle Bobby was a wonderful giving Happy Soul for sure..Always SMILING!! Is how I'll remember him
With Love Lynn Johnston...Justin & Sam too : )

December 9, 2012

Thanks to all friends and family for the kind words and fond memories of my Dad. I would also like to thank the caring staff at Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester for making this year so comforting for him. Steve & Lisa

December 8, 2012

I will miss your smile every time I walked into one of our family functions. You were one of the best uncle's I could have asked for. I hope you are dancing up there with your sisters and brothers...luv ya Uncle Bobby....

Jane Johnston Nichols

December 8, 2012

Wanted to do this the other day...but it didn't let me! Rest in Peace Uncle Bobby!

An Old Friend

December 8, 2012

God Bless you Robert and thank you for being a friend. I cannot write in a thousand words of the class and dignity you carried with you all your life.You will be missed.

Tom McKenna

December 8, 2012

You were always a gracious host whenever my family was with you at the restaurant. You were kind enough to add me to your list of renters at the beach. My son was able to meet Carlton Fisk thanks to your friendship. Forty plus years of having you as a friend. St. Pat's is not the same without you. You will be sorely missed.
Tom & Mary McKenna and family.