George "Earle" Johnstone

20-Dec-1928 - 20-May-2020

Obituary Overview

A Life Well Lived

Earle passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family at the age of 91. He will be missed dearly by his children: Leslie Vandenberghe, Dale (Lisa) Johnstone, and Kim (Paul) Chan and his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband to Thelma (who passed in 2001) for over 50 years. 

Earle spent most of his adult life in Winnipeg where he was born. He was a man of service in his community and to his family. He moved to Calgary in 2004 to reside with his son Dale and Lisa. 

Earle had many titles in nine decades but spent 35 years with the Winnipeg Fire Department where he retired at the age of 63 as the Chief Fire Prevention Officer. 

He was an exceptional father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Earle was an extraordinary man who loved life and family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund, 83 Garry Street Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J9 ( 

Memorial will be at a later date.

Happy, smiling, always content,
Loved and respected wherever you went,
Always willing, helpful and kind,
What a beautiful memory you left behind,
Close to our hearts you
Will always stay,
Loved and remembered every day
So treasure him Lord in your garden of rest
For the man you gave us was simply the best.

George "Earle" Johnstone

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Jennifer (Ruthie) Mosiondz (nee Lamb) | 18-Jun-2020

Hello Leslie, Dale and Kimmie. I stumbled across this notice online today and it brought back memories long forgotten. Over the years, our family has recounted many adventures and stories with Uncle Earle as the main character. I remember the visits to the farm in Birch River. Our parents were great friends for many years. Alas, time is a thief. Cherish your memories as they as a salve for the heart.

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Posted by Debbie Larkin Sigfusson | 02-Jun-2020

Many many socials and weddings were made better by Earls music. He always knew how to get the dance floor packed sending the families condolences as a another great firefighter leaves us. Barrie sends his love to the family. Hoping time’s memories family and friends ease your sorrow

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