Kevin J Johnston

December 24, 1954April 18, 2013

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of life and memorial service to honor Kevin J. Johnston, 58, of Manchester, formerly of Brick and Iselin, who passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2013. Family will receive guests from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Manchester, 2309 Route 70, with the service to immediately follow.

Born in Newark, NJ, Kevin was raised in Iselin and was a 1972 graduate of JFK Memorial High School where he met his future wife Lynn. Kevin was an accomplished soccer player, receiving all-state honors for the 1971 season. He went on to share his love of the sport not only with his children, but as a dedicated, long-time coach for the Colonia Youth Soccer Association. He was also a proud member of The Birdmen, a Woodbridge Township Recreation League softball team.

Kevin was passionate about playing darts and participated in numerous leagues in Woodbridge Township and the Jersey shore area. His other big passion was fishing, whether on the ocean for tuna or on a lake for bass. He enjoyed participating in tournaments and pursuing the “big one” either on his own boat in Jersey or on a charter while on vacation. Golf was another interest that he pursued in later years. Kevin was a fan of the Giants AND Jets, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the NY Yankees. One of his greatest joys was passing his enthusiasm and knowledge of sports on to his children and grandchildren. Kevin loved king crab legs, his Mom’s stuffed cabbage, Boston cream pie, chocolate pudding (cooked, with the skin) and an ice cold Bud. He enjoyed music ranging from Jethro Tull, Crosby, Stills and Nash and “The Boss” to Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and even Garth Brooks. Kevin wore out a vhs tape and a dvd of his favorite movie, The Thing from Another World, with James Arness, not to be confused with the remake starring Kurt Russell. Kevin also enjoyed spending lazy Sundays with Lynn at the beach and Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant.

Kevin was employed for many years as a manager with Newark Truck Parts, Newark NJ. After the business closed he continued his career in the trucking industry as a parts manager and sales professional.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Lynn Stief Johnston, his loving children, Kelly Roxas of Toms River and Brian Johnston and wife Iris, of North Bergen; cherished grandchildren Alexis Roxas, Anthony, Devin and Jasmine Johnston; and loving parents Joseph and Marie Johnston of Estero, Florida. Kevin will also be greatly missed by his sister Patti Johnston of Somerset; and brothers Kenneth and wife Bonnie of East Northport, NY and Scott Johnston of Boardman Ohio, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. In addition to his quick wit and sense of humor, he will be remembered for his kindness, his willingness to offer a helping hand, his ability to talk to anyone and to make them feel comfortable: never a stranger, always a friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin’s memory to Hometown Heroes, 27 Washington Street, Toms River NJ 08753,, or to your favorite charity.

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Kelly Roxas

July 12, 2013

I miss you very much!

Char Bruen

May 7, 2013

Sending continuing, Support, Love and Prayers honoring Kevin and for Lynn, Kelly, Brian and all the family and friends - Love, Char xoxo's


May 6, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing that God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. (1 Peter.5:7)

Ron stoner

May 2, 2013

Thinking of the Johnston Family. So sorry for your loss. Really enjoyed the times I was able to play darts with kevin. Thoughts and prayers.

Ann Cahill

April 29, 2013

The first entry in this guest book is, appropriately, from Jack and Rita McCarthy. They remember when Kevin was born. So do I -- and oddly enough, Kevin remembered me when I was born -- an argument we had throughout our childhood. I'm six years older, and he would wear me down and win the argument every time. I remember when, as a toddler, he climbed the rose trellis and jumped because he was Superman. I remember bringing my niece to the Johnston pool and a terrible storm rolled in. Kevin had Kelly with him. Kelly was too young to be frightened, but my niece was old enough to be terrified and too big for me to lift. Kevin handed me Kelly and swept up my niece to give her the comfort she needed, and that's how I'll always remember Kevin -- he was kind.

Neal McDaniel

April 29, 2013

Life does not end when the body ceases, memories, love and the soul are eternal. God welcomes Dad to heaven where he waits for all of us to meet again. Your heart break is my heartbreak. May peace be with the family & loved ones hurting here.

April 28, 2013

we remember Kevin when he was born. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. our hearts and prayers are with his family.

Jack and Rita McCarthy

kadri Gedelec

April 27, 2013

Brian, iris and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. our prayers go out to your family. we're here for you.

Michael Severini

April 27, 2013

Brian, Iris, & Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. I knew your father for so many years. Through all the sports teams that we played on, in which he coached or guided us. He is a truly remarkable man. He will be missed...Brian you are my true friend.

June and Warren Bruen

April 26, 2013

Lynn ,Kelly, Brian and family. We are so sad and sorry for this sudden loss of Kevin. "We will always cherish all those great and happy memories that our families have shared for many, many years! " Thank you for including us as part of your extended family - in every occasion! It means soo much! You have always shown your love - in all you do - and Kevin was such a big part of that love - and continues to be then , now and always. May he rest in peace ... Love. Aunt June, Uncle Buddy , Char - and Russ too xoxoxoxo's