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Cecil Johnston

Cecil Johnston, 77, passed away January 4, 2012, at home. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 3, 1934, to William and Hannah (McBride) Johnston, the youngest of eight.

During World War II, Cecil was sent to live with his Aunt Aggie in a cottage in Annalong. Watching ships pass and listening to stories of the seas, he joined the British Merchant Marine. One of his many adventures included surviving a shipwreck off the coast of Jamaica.

In Belfast 1958, he met and married the prettiest girl he had ever seen, Eva Armstrong. They traveled the world and raised five daughters. Cecil worked in steel and construction, including Batzer Construction in Medford, Ore. He had the highest of engineering skills and could build anything including machinery. His latest project was designing boats and selling docks worldwide.

We will miss his funny cartoon sketches.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Eva; daughters, Kim, Debby, Gail, Susie, and JoAnne; son-in-laws; grandchildren; and his brother, David.

Dad, you always had a good story. Now you will have the best one of all to tell us, when we meet again.