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314 W. Lincoln Ave.
McDonald, PA 15057
Phone: (724) 926-2800
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Raymond Johnston

Raymond Patrick Johnston

Tuesday, March 17th, 1936 - Thursday, April 29th, 2021
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Raymond Patrick Johnston, 85, of Hickory, passed away on April 29, 2021, in his home.

Raymond was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1936 to George E and Hannah Johnston.

He was a graduate of Midway High School and Washington and Jefferson College. He obtained his doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He played football at Midway and W&J where he was named an All-American and in the first class to be inducted into W&J’s Hall of Fame.

He spent his career at the Fort Cherry School District where he taught Special Education and coached football. He retired from teaching after 30 years and returned to school full time to obtain his Principal Certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. Returning to Fort Cherry, he became Principal for many years, retiring as Principal Emeritus to recognize the many lives he positively influenced in the classroom and on the football field.
Ray married his high school sweetheart, Emma, and they enjoyed 63 wonderful years together. After retirement they traveled to all 50 states in their motor home and many countries overseas. At home they worked their Angus farm outside of Hickory, rode bikes, and took many dance classes together. Ray was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, past President of the Hickory Lions Club and the Montour Trail Council where he maintained the McDonald section of the trail for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Emma, brother Tom, and children Barry (Carolyn) Johnston, Stephanie (Scott) Colcombe and Heather (Grant) Palmer, grandchildren, Allison (Jed) Johnston, Caroline Johnston, Tom, Alazanna and Hannah Colcombe, Gray, Kolby and Sage Palmer and great grandchildren Beau and Estelle along with many nieces and nephews that he enjoyed.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers Paul and James and sisters Helen and Mary Jean.

Friends and family will be received on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 314 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald (724-926-2800). A blessing service will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Montour Trail Council (, Visiting Angels (332 W Pike Street Canonsburg, PA 15317) or Pilgrimage Hospice (200 Cedar Ridge Drive Suite 201 Pittsburgh, PA 15205).
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Richard F. Thomas-Robert W. Little Funeral Service Inc. McDonald
    314 W.Lincoln Ave.
    McDonald, PA
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Richard F. Thomas-Robert W. Little Funeral Service Inc. McDonald
    314 W.Lincoln Ave.
    McDonald, PA
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  • Service

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 11:00am
    Richard F. Thomas-Robert W. Little Funeral Service Inc. McDonald
    314 W.Lincoln Ave.
    McDonald, PA
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    Rev. Harry Bielewicz
  • Interment

    Center Cemetery
    71 Belgium Hollow Road
    McDonald, PA 15057
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Eddy & Connie williamson

Posted at 09:21am
Our deepest sympathies to the Johnston family. We have much respect for the role of Special Education teacher that Ray held for so many years at Fort Cherry HS.


Posted at 12:42pm
deepest sympathies to barry@mrs johnston on your loss ERIC@SHIRLEY BRIGGS

Louis ray kemp

Posted at 07:06am
I love coach johnston and his wife emmam.played with their son barry I stopped by to see them last year talked to his wife emma left something that he would remember.from ray kemp

Mary Kay and Todd Gates

Posted at 10:43pm
Our warmest condolences to the Johnston Family. Lots of love from the Gates Family
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Ryan Mechtel

Posted at 08:24pm
Mr Johnston took me out of school
once after getting a call that one of his bulls got out of the fence. He taught me how to herd a bull back into the fence. He was a great and fair principal and very respected mentor. Thank you for the good memories, strong advise, and friendship Mr Johnston.

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