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Harvey Johnstone

October 11, 1943 September 20, 2013
Harvey Johnstone
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Obituary for Harvey Johnstone

Obituary Harvey Lorne Johnstone October 11, 1943 – September 20, 2013 Harvey passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side, which was his wish. He had struggled with cancer for the past four years – never complaining and always strong, but ever so sad that he wouldn’t be here to see and share more of his family’s life stories. Harvey was born in Consort Hospital the second and last child of Wilson and Zita Johnstone. He attended school at Lakesend, Wheatridge, Nose Hills and Veteran. Riding horseback to and from both Lakesend and Wheatridge. In 1965 he married Sandra Schetzsle and they settled down in the Nose Hills area on the old Percy Grey farm. It was here they raised their family with many laughs and much love. As a child, Harvey’s life was filled with many friends, lots of hard work, much music and endless laughter. He played banjo in the “Beebe orchestra” with Uncle Earl, Auntie Maime, Russ, Keith and Bob and occasionally Jim McKay. He thoroughly enjoyed all the fun and occasional “trouble” they would get into. Harvey enjoyed sports and played fastball and hockey with the Nose Hills teams for many years. In later years he played recreational hockey with the Coronation Old Stock and gained many new friends in the process. Harvey’s main loves were Sandra, his wife of 48 years, his four children and spouses and grandchildren, all of whom he was so proud, his friends and his farm surrounded by the hills. He really enjoyed grain farming – the cattle, not so much. Harvey always worked hard to provide for his family. He enjoyed dancing, camping, fishing, golfing and traveling. Harvey and Sandra annually traveled south, usually for about a month. In later years the destination was usually Arizona to visit Sandra’s mom and Nevada for a bit of golf and gaming. They also took a motorhome tour all the way to Brownsvillle Texas for their 25th anniversary, enjoyed a cruise to the Mexican Riviera and Hawaiian Islands, and toured the Maritime Provinces only last summer. Harvey is survived by his loving wife Sandra, son Randy (Debbie) Johnstone, daughters Julie (Greg) Schroeder, Candy (Cameron) Brown, Patricia (Kelly) Shaw, 9 loving grandchildren Jordan and Bradley Schroeder, Travis and Eric Johnstone, Erin and Dylan Brown, Breanne, Tristen and Alyssa Shaw, all of which he would have given his life for. He is also survived by his sister, Jeanette Davis and one Aunt, Alice Beebe and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and parents-in-law, brother-in-law Rob Davis; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sharon and Larry Wilson. Harvey and Sandra spent many beautiful mornings and evenings out on the deck this past year when Harvey was no longer able to get out much, visiting with his friends and enjoying nature and having coffee with his son Randy. His family and all who were a part of his life will sadly miss Harvey. We will honor his memory by doing our best to try to continue to make him proud of us all.

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