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John J. Johnston Jr.

Mt. Kisco, New York

December 18, 1931 - January 2, 2024

John J. Johnston Jr. Obituary

John Joseph James Johnston, Jr., the second of Ann Melia and John Johnston, Sr.s five children, was born in Queens, NY on December 18, 1931. He had fond memories of playing stick ball (his friends called him "General Johnston") and singing in the parish choir (where he rose to be lead chorister). His early years showed less of his cerebral nature than later acquaintance might make one suspect: he gave the familys golden shoehorn to the garbageman, and John was so persistently late for kindergarten that his teacher led the class in a mocking song of greeting he would always recall. ("A dillar, a dollar, a ten oclock scholar, what makes you come so soon?") John attended Xavier High School, Hunter College, and Columbia University School of Law. After graduating from law school, he met and married his beloved wife, Barbara Clark Johnston. Together, they had three daughters. They settled in first in Brooklyn Heights, then in North Salem, New York. In North Salem, John was elected Town Justice, a position he also held for decades. He relished the intellectual challenges of the diverse actions that came before him and was always concerned about achieving a just result without unnecessary harshness. John was also active in the local Lions Club, where he served as Treasurer. A daily communicant until mobility challenges intervened, John was an active member of whichever Catholic parish he attended. He was on the board of the Church of St. Charles Borremeo in Brooklyn Heights; a lector at St. Josephs Church in Croton Falls, NY; and for some years sang with the Latin Mass choir at the Church of the Magdalene in Sleepy Hollow and Immaculate Conception in Tarrytown, NY. John loved reading and debating on a wide range of topics. John is survived by his wife, Barbara Clark Johnston; daughters Amy Johnston Kelley, Heather Johnston Marvell and Sarah Johnston Ellenberg; and grandchildren Nathaniel Kelley, Sam Kelley, John Kelley, Regina Kelley, Gus Kelley, Ted Kelley, Raine Marvell, Bobby Ellenberg, Mary Kelley, Audrey Marvell, Beatrice Marvell, and Davida Ellenberg and only surviving sister, Edwina Johnston. Family and Friends are invited to Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Directors 288 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 on Friday January 5, 2024 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. On Saturday January 6, 2024 a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for John at St. John Paul II Maronite Catholic Church at the Immaculate Conception 199 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 at 1:00pm. Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at St. Francis Cemetery Visitation Friday, January 5, 2024 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Directors 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 6, 2024 1:00 PM St. John Paul II Maronite Catholic Church At Immaculate Conception 199 N. Broadway Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 If you plan to attend the Funeral Mass for John please meet directly at the Church Burial Saturday, January 6, 2024 2:30 PM St. Francis Cemetery 236 Lexington Avenue Mount Kisco, NY 10549

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John Joseph James Johnston, Jr., the second of Ann Melia and John Johnston, Sr.s five children, was born in Queens, NY on December 18, 1931. He had fond memories of playing stick ball (his friends called him "General Johnston") and singing in the parish choir (where he rose to be lead chorister). His early years showed less of his cerebral nature than later acquaintance might make one suspect: he gave the familys golden shoehorn to the garbageman, and John was so persistently late for kindergarten that his teacher led the class in a mocking song of greeting he would always recall. ("A dillar, a dollar, a ten oclock scholar, what makes you come so soon?") John attended Xavier High School, Hunter College, and Columbia University School of Law. After graduating from law school, he met and married his beloved wife, Barbara Clark Johnston. Together, they had three daughters. They settled in first in Brooklyn Heights, then in North Salem, New York. In North Salem, John was elected Town Justice, a position he also held for decades. He relished the intellectual challenges of the diverse actions that came before him and was always concerned about achieving a just result without unnecessary harshness. John was also active in the local Lions Club, where he served as Treasurer. A daily communicant until mobility challenges intervened, John was an active member of whichever Catholic parish he attended. He was on the board of the Church of St. Charles Borremeo in Brooklyn Heights; a lector at St. Josephs Church in Croton Falls, NY; and for some years sang with the Latin Mass choir at the Church of the Magdalene in Sleepy Hollow and Immaculate Conception in Tarrytown, NY. John loved reading and debating on a wide range of topics. John is survived by his wife, Barbara Clark Johnston; daughters Amy Johnston Kelley, Heather Johnston Marvell and Sarah Johnston Ellenberg; and grandchildren Nathaniel Kelley, Sam Kelley, John Kelley, Regina Kelley, Gus Kelley, Ted Kelley, Raine Marvell, Bobby Ellenberg, Mary Kelley, Audrey Marvell, Beatrice Marvell, and Davida Ellenberg and only surviving sister, Edwina Johnston. Family and Friends are invited to Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Directors 288 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 on Friday January 5, 2024 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. On Saturday January 6, 2024 a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for John at St. John Paul II Maronite Catholic Church at the Immaculate Conception 199 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 at 1:00pm. Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at St. Francis Cemetery Visitation Friday, January 5, 2024 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Directors 288 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 6, 2024 1:00 PM St. John Paul II Maronite Catholic Church At Immaculate Conception 199 N. Broadway Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 If you plan to attend the Funeral Mass for John please meet directly at the Church Burial Saturday, January 6, 2024 2:30 PM St. Francis Cemetery 236 Lexington Avenue Mount Kisco, NY 10549

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John J. Johnston Jr. hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

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