Ed Johnston - (December 2009)
Edgar Alan Johnston
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 26, 1963
  • Place of birth:
    Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 2, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Phi Phi Island, Phuket, Thailand
It is with a broken heart that our family says "Goodbye" to our dear Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, and Uncle ... "Gone Too Soon" We Will Forever Miss You - The Johnston Family

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Ed Johnston, 49, born on January 26, 1963 and passed away on October 2, 2012. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ken Johnston on 2nd October 2013

"We hold our memories dear to our hearts, especially today.  May God bless the family."

This tribute was added by Steven Johnston on 2nd October 2013

"Dear Ed,
It is hard to believe that one year has past.  Your memory is still so very strong in my heart.  We all miss you dearly.  I know you are looking down from heaven and keeping an eye on us all with that big grin and smiling face.

Miss you brother,"

This tribute was added by Mike Coulter on 2nd October 2013

"Brother, hard to believe it has been 1 year since you left us. My thoughts of you still linger and will never pass. Miss you greatly!
Mike"

This tribute was added by Robin DeMackiewicz on 26th January 2013

"Happy Birthday Uncle Ed! I miss you. Love, Robin"

This tribute was added by zhongya li on 16th December 2012

"Dear Mrs. Johnson, being strong, for your dearst husband and your two lovely young kids. Let me bless for you and your family with my full heart.
Yours Sincerely, Zhongya."

This tribute was added by zhongya li on 16th December 2012

"Celanes colleagues and some thirdy party member, that you're a truly great and nice guy with wondeful,caring, excellent personalities and good traits. From their words and my observation on your stance in work, though limited, I believe you deserve even more than that. Missing you for ever. Besides, being as a mom myself, I feel especially sad for your two kids and your wife."

This tribute was added by zhongya li on 16th December 2012

"It is such a sudden, sad news that I heard this morning, though late. I can't believe this. I've been still feeling like it's not in the reality but it seems it's true,,,dear ed, I've only been seeing you from a distance away in some meetings (two times) for the ChinaLite project in Beijing and met you once out of the engineering house building. But I've heard from others,"

This tribute was added by Maria Valehrach on 14th December 2012

"Ed was one of the managers who hired me in to Celanese in August 2006.  I remember being thrilled to work with him because he was a fellow Nittany Lion.  Ed was such a genuine, warm and caring soul.  I am blessed to have been able to have spent the short time with him that I did.  My sincere condolences to Ed's family."

This tribute was added by Amy Yang on 10th November 2012

"I am so much saddened by the news. In my memory, Ed is such a nice gentleman who always have a warm smile on his face and always in a gentle and gracious demeanor. He seemed to be admired by everyone around... I still remember one time we chat on the lift and he mentioned that he have a very big, happy family.. Ed, may you rest in peace and my deepest regards to all your beloved ones..."

This tribute was added by Ruben Resendez on 1st November 2012

"To the Johnston Family - Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy Spirit.  Ed, you were my office neighbor in Beijing and I was so happy when you spent time there.  I will miss our talks, coffee together, homework, exchanging I-pad aps.  Love You Man!"

This tribute was added by Dave Weidman on 31st October 2012

"I always wanted to be like Ed.  He was one of the best people I ever met.  With Ed, the difficult seemed routine; the impossible appeared commonplace.  Ed excelled in jobs that were strategically important and uncommonly difficult. He was filled with integrity, genuinely cared about people, was uncommonly gracious and quietly achieved greatness.  He inspired and blessed me.  Thanks Ed."

This tribute was added by ke Qiongxiu on 24th October 2012

"Listen the music of "Gone Too Soon" by myself again and again. Dearest brother, want to tell you how much i miss you and love you.......
Babies are sleeping, and what about you? How are you doing?"

This tribute was added by John Radvansky on 15th October 2012

"Very sad to hear the bad news.  I worked with Ed at Celanese and got to know him during the PVOH transition.  He was a great guy and one of the other Pittsburgh Steeler fans in the office!  Rest In Peace brother.  You're a good guy!"

This tribute was added by Alice Wang on 15th October 2012

"I'm so sorry to hear the news about Ed, he is such a nice man always with smiles on his face when talking to me. He gave me a lot of guidance and help when I managed the office relocation projects. His memory will neve die in my mind!"

This tribute was added by Paul Kidwell on 15th October 2012

"It was a pleasure knowing and working with Ed.  He was good at what he did, but also kind and respectful in the way he did things.  I also got the sense from our conversations that he was a good father and cared deeply about his family.  Ed, I'll miss our weekly lunches at the local noodle shop.  With deepest sympathy for his family, Paul and Sally Kidwell."

This tribute was added by Ding Hongmei on 15th October 2012

"Every time we met in NanJing, Ed shared so many pictures/videos and story of his family to us, how proud and happy he was with his children and family, how cute Sarah is...you were really a kindness father, a genial mentor of us.
Miss you forever...rest in peace..."

This tribute was added by Ken Broxson on 14th October 2012

"Had the honor of working with Ed at Air Products--Pace FL plant.
Such a caring young man and someone I could always count as a friend.  Ed leaves us all too soon.  May God Bless family and friends through these difficult times.
Ken Broxson"

This tribute was added by Tammy Jo on 14th October 2012

"Dave, Lori, Trevor and Kloee and To the Johnston family. Our thought and prays are with you during this time of sorrow... with deepest sympathy... God Bless Johnston Family      Tammy & Pat"

This tribute was added by Don Ragland on 14th October 2012

"Ed one of the best, had the honor to work with him in Pensacola for about 5 year. Easy going and so great to work with. Deepest sympathies to his entire family, from all his freinds at the Pace Plant.      

Rags"

This tribute was added by Lucy Rossi on 13th October 2012

"Karen, Rick, and the entire Johnston family, I just wanted to say how very sorry I was to hear about Ed. I remember him from when he was young and how handsome he was and he was always smiling and happy. I cannot possibly imagine how much he will be missed.
Love and prayers to you all. God Bless."

This tribute was added by maria xia on 12th October 2012

"Ed was such a gentleman who always treated people with kindness and respect. He is a true friend and won the respect from his friends. Ed, rest in peace."

This tribute was added by maria xia on 12th October 2012

"Ed  told us how a walm and happy family he had in Pennsylvania, how he missed them; How proud he was with Rachael , when she entered college, how wonderful she can dance; How proud he was with Hannah on her golf progress and her smartness; How proud he was with Sarah on her bilingual skills and when Samuel started his first walk.. Our prayers are with the Johnston family."

This tribute was added by Dave Johnston on 12th October 2012

"Ed, this is the hardest thing I ever did saying goodbye.  You weren't only my brother, but my best friend.  I have so many fond memories growing up together.  You left me hang out with you and all of your friends.  I’m so glad we got the chance to throw the football around a few months ago.  I will cherish that time together forever. Love your little brother Dave.  God Bless"

This tribute was added by Jill Folsom on 12th October 2012

"I worked with Ed several years ago and can honestly say he was one of the nicest, kindest, honest and caring men I have ever known both professionally and personally.  I learned a lot from him and will never forget him.  I can’t believe he is gone!  God, please bless this family."

This tribute was added by Jim Alder on 12th October 2012

"I worked closely with Ed for more than 10 years.  He was a good friend.  I will forever be grateful that my wife and I spent the last night of my last China business trip in September 2011 having dinner with Ed and Fang Fang.  Ed was always telling me how “blessed” he was to have such a caring wife and four wonderful children.  I will miss him. Our prayers are with the Johnston family."

This tribute was added by Tony Boslett on 12th October 2012

"I am saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Eddie. I fondly remember growing up with Eddie and his brother Dave...listening to music and lifting weights with Eddie, Dave, and Randy and Danny Shuma, and playing softball, basketball and football in their backyard. And going to the worlds fair in New Orleans in the summer of '84 when we were in Pensacola together. My deepest condolences."

This tribute was added by Shelly Johnston on 12th October 2012

"Who ever knew that the last time that I would be with Eddie would be at  Shana and Matts party.I never thought that my beloved brother would be going so soon.I will miss your smile and great big hugs.I was so blessed to have you as a brother Eddie I love you.You will be forever in my heart.good bye Eddie until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Rhonda Miller on 12th October 2012

"As family friends of the Johnston family, I would like offer our heartfelt sympathy at the tragic passing of Eddie.  Thoughts that come to mind are when my daughters were young and we would be included in gettogethers with Johnston's on Red Hill.  Such a wonderful family.  To all the Johnston's, please know that many mourn Eddie's passing and will remember him with love. Charles Miller fam"

This tribute was added by Ruan can on 12th October 2012

"I only saw him twice,one was when I attended a Mass in another church last winter,the other time was when I visited his two lovely kids in his apartment with my friend Amanda,never had a proper chance to say HI to him ,but the most modest face i've ever seen of him still remain in my memory... be well in heaven ED,my brother in God,
God bless you!"

This tribute was added by Eric Johnson on 11th October 2012

"It was a privilege and blessing to know Ed.  He was a wonderful mentor and friend, and I will always be grateful for his kindness.  You left us too soon, my friend.  My prayers are with your family."

This tribute was added by Katie Zhang on 11th October 2012

"Forever miss you! I could hardly believe it when I was told that you passed away suddenly. You've been such a great person in every way, esp when you led us through the difficult time on Fast project. Now my heart aches every time when I think of the last words you said, your smile, your guesture, etc. It's my honor and pleasure to meet you and work with you. God bless you & your family!"

This tribute was added by Robert King on 10th October 2012

"My heart aches for losing such a great person and trusted friend.  Ed was always ready to talk about all his children and family.  We spent many evenings in China talking about friendship and family.  Words cannot explain how much joy Ed brought to those around him.  I am a better person because of Ed and look forward to the day that I get to see him again. ‘till then my friend."

This tribute was added by Jeremy Shi on 10th October 2012

"I cannot belive that you leave us in such a way. You are a great collegue and decent friend. You will always be missed."

This tribute was added by Adam Macak on 10th October 2012

"Uncle Eddie…Caring, Compassionate, and above all else LOVING! Words cannot describe how much you are loved! I always looked forward to your visits to Pennsylvania. Beth and I spoke almost daily about you, Fang Fang, Sarah and Samuel when we look at your pictures on our fridge. Each day when I see your pictures, I will always think of the amazingly loving person you were."

This tribute was added by Adam Macak on 10th October 2012

"I know just looking at pictures will not be enough especially when Christmas comes around and I will expect to see you at my mom and dad’s house for our annual Christmas Eve party. Each time I feel saddened by these thoughts, I will just think of how honored and blessed I am to have had such a truly caring, compassionate and loving uncle who I will love forever!!"

This tribute was added by Beth Macak on 10th October 2012

"When I married Adam I knew I was marrying into a wonderful family. I remember the first time I met you on Christmas Eve and I’ll never forget your hug that first time we met. The last couple of days we’ve learned a great lesson from you Ed. Live each day to the fullest. You always had a smile on your face, a helping hand, and open arms for a big bear hug. You’ll always live on in our heart"

This tribute was added by Mike Coulter on 10th October 2012

"It is with the heaviest of hearts and more tears in my eyes that I write this. For Ed's parents..you raised a great MAN. For his remaining family, you were related to an unbelievable human being. I saw Ed's joy and eyes light up when he talked about any of you. He was so proud. My fondest memory of Ed was he saying how "blessed" he was. We were "blessed" to know Ed! Love you, brother!"

This tribute was added by Brian Pinkerton on 10th October 2012

"I consider it an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to be a colleague and friend of Ed.  He always had a smile and a caring attitude for everyone he encountered.  Ed was one of the best. Our prayers are with you.  The Pinkerton Family"

This tribute was added by Karen Macak on 10th October 2012

"My heart is aching, I send you a hug & blow you a kiss and ask now that you look down from heaven and "keep an eye on your big sister".  You are forever in my heart & I will cherish all my memories.  Until we meet again.  Karen Louise"

This tribute was added by Karen Macak on 10th October 2012

"Dear Ed, how lucky I was that God chose me to be your sister, I had the joy to grow up with you. I remember back mom often told me to "keep an eye on your little brother".  The joy we shared as kids, I would give anything to relive just one day.  I was always so very proud of you & the man you became.  Your kindness & unconditional love you gave your family will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Holly Keller on 10th October 2012

"This is from Edgar Eddie's dad.  "Eddie I am proud of you and I love you very much. I know I will see you again some day.  I always loved hunting with you and playing football with you. Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and kind words about my son.  He was a one of a kind." Love Edgar Johnston"

This tribute was added by Holly Keller on 10th October 2012

"This is from your mom Amelia.  My dearest Eddie, I love you and miss you so much.  I know you are in heaven with Diane now.  I will miss your calls, your hugs, and your smile.  You will always be in my heart.  I was so proud of you.  You always made me so happy.  I feel like there is a hole in my heart.  I thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and for being Eddie's friends."

This tribute was added by Linda Conley on 10th October 2012

"Not a bad legacy to have, in my book."

This tribute was added by Linda Conley on 10th October 2012

"brother...not my brother-in-law.  My memories of Ed are assorted....like the times when he let Rachel and Hannah wash and roll his hair, the times he and my dad would go out together for a drive cause that's what men do, the times he would beg my mom to bake cornbread and make it with a little sugar.  As sad as I am, it's impossible to think of Ed without a bit of a smile."

This tribute was added by Linda Conley on 10th October 2012

"When Ed married my sister, Lori Anne, in 1986 he not only got a new wife but a new family also.  He was an integral part of our family....together we celebrated the births of Rachel and Hannah and together we grieved the loss of my brother in 2003 and my parents in 2006.  He came to love southern food - chicken and dumplings, cornbread, and beans to name a few. I thought of him as my"

This tribute was added by Mary Mathews on 10th October 2012

"At the 5th floor of Marriott Shanghai when I was having breakfast, Edgar came in and announced to the staff there that his baby girl Sarah was born and I was happy for him.  This is the beginning of knowing Edgar & Fang Fang.  Our family is convinced that John 15:8 holds true for Edgar because he bore much fruit while on earth and is now with Jesus.  Praying for the family he loves dearly"

This tribute was added by Janet Cassidy on 10th October 2012

"Dear Steven,Jerry,Ken,Dave,Mary and Karen and all their family,  from the family of Aunt Annie Johnston, Our deepest synpathy goes out to all of you.  Not seeing Ed for years but reading all the great stories and memorials everyone has wrote, Ed was loved by all.  He was a very happy person.  God will take of you in heaven.   God bless all of the family.  Goodbye Eddie from your cousins."

This tribute was added by Nelda Mills on 10th October 2012

"I worked with Ed at the Pasadena, Tx PVOH plant and just cannot believe this has happened.  Ed was such a joy to work for.  His easy-going sunny personality made Ed who he was.  My deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family, especially his wife and children (Rachel, Hannah, Sarah and Samuel).  God Bless you all.   Miss Nelda"

This tribute was added by Ke Qiongxiu on 10th October 2012

"Dearest brother Ed, i could not believe that happened to you. I am so sad, and crying. My heart is broken. 28th Sep, we had the dinner together on 5 floor in our apartment. 29th Sep, see you off to your car. You are very good man,and i am always proud of you.You are in my heart and miss you forever. i will help Fangfang to look after two kids. Pls rest peaceful in heaven.  Love you, Lily"

This tribute was added by Ke Qiongxiu on 10th October 2012

"My dear brother,i can't believe it is true even some days past. Everthing is same as before, but only not have you. I would like to use my life to exchange if it can, to get you come back. You make me know what is the love and believe true love. I am proud you are my brother.Only i can do for you is i will take care Fangfang Sarah Samuel in the whole rest life. Love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Gregory Freeman on 10th October 2012

"Ed,  Simple thanks can never be enough for the goodness that you brought to the world and those that you touched.  I will always remember with deepest appreciation everything that we did together in China.  My deepest sympathies to your family; my hope is that each of your children will understand the impact you had on your friends and the world from your warm, caring and positive nature."

This tribute was added by Harvey Zhao on 10th October 2012

"His last words to me was on the evening of September 25th on the elevator of the Nanjing Crown Plaza hotel:    “ Hey Harvey, I’m really happy to work you and the team on this project.  You are all my trusted friends”.  We said goodbye.  Who knew that a goodbye became the farewell!  

It has been a privilege working with you, my dear friend, my trusted colleague and my fellow Penn Stater!"

This tribute was added by Brenda Wiederkehr on 9th October 2012

"One evening as sat at my desk in Dallas, I could hear someone coming down the hall; as the footsteps approached my doorway, a soft voice said, "Brenda, it's time to go home, leave some for tomorrow, it's almost 7 pm." The voice was that of Ed Johnston, a man of integrity, kind, caring, giving, loving man that I loved and respected as a colleague. Ed was truly "One of a Kind"!"

This tribute was added by Brenda Wiederkehr on 9th October 2012

"My heart is breaking for Ed's beautiful family; such a tragedy, a tremendous loss.  Hold firmly to your faith and those precious memories of this wonderful man, so full of love!  Know that you will be lifted up in prayer in the coming days and months as you grieve this loss.  Ed, we know that you are already working on a Major Project in Heaven!!!  Until we meet again, rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Feifei Chen on 9th October 2012

"It was still hard to believe that Ed really left us. I still remember the first time we met in the interview. Ed, thanks for bringing me to Celanese and it is always a happy time to work with you for the past 4 years. You will be always in my memory! Wish you a good journey in heaven."

This tribute was added by Sheri Shen on 9th October 2012

"Ed, so sad we cannot see your smiles anymore, but you'll always live in our heart... All the best in heaven and rest in peace."

This tribute was added by AK celanese on 9th October 2012

"Miss you Ed a lot.  Warm, caring friend and colleage for past ten years.   Ed has been a great mentor at work.  Let your soul rest in peace.  May God provide Ed's  family peace, comfort and strength."

This tribute was added by Claire Langford on 9th October 2012

"I worked with Ed several years ago, and to this day I always compare all procurement professionals against Ed, as he was the best.  He was kind, honest, and fair.  Thank you for posting pictures of him as seeing his smile again makes this loss just a little easier.  Heartfelt condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Sharon Nearhoof on 9th October 2012

"The Nearhoof family would like to send our deepest condolences to the Johnston family.  Dave, Lori, Trevor and Kloee told our family how wonderful of a person Ed truly is.  We will keep all of you in our prayers."

This tribute was added by maria xia on 9th October 2012

"Ed, this can't be true. I got phone calls from all over the world- China, US, Europe... Friends, colleagues, suppliers, nobody believes it is true. You are such a great person and  it is my pleasure to have known and worked with you. You will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Barry Zhao on 9th October 2012

"I still cannot believe that I will never see you again when I go back to China, you have provided me a lot support and guidance in the past, and I am so proud of being working with you and your coaching on me. My dear mentor and friend, You will be always in my memory and heart. God bless you and rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Lori Coburn on 9th October 2012

"May God send the family peace, comfort and provide strength for the difficult times.  
Ed was my first boss at Celanese.  He made me laugh, supported me during a difficult time, and always showed kindess and compassion.  He was a mentor and a friend.  I have always had the utmost respect and fondness for Ed.  Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Mary & Bob Carey on 8th October 2012

""You need another hug."  I can't believe I will never hear that again.  One hug was never enough.  You had so much LOVE to give.  I miss you so much.  
Your Big Sister Mary"

This tribute was added by Dave Johnston on 8th October 2012

"Uncle Eddie never got to read Kloee's letter she wrote to him to let him know how 2nd grade was going. Trevor & Kloee thought the world of you. They wanted to share you at school. Their teacher asked if Uncle Eddie visited Erie if he would come to the school to share how different US is from China. He was famous at their school. We love you."

This tribute was added by Dave Johnston on 8th October 2012

"Eddie to Trever (Ed's Nephew 9 years old) was a celebrity because he lived in China.  Everyone at school knew Uncle Eddie & that you were teaching him chinese language. He couldn't wait to go back to school to show how you write Merry Christmas & Happy New Year in chinese plus say it in chinese too.  He was so proud because Ed told him that he spoke Chinese very good. Love Trevor"

This tribute was added by Michelle Huang on 8th October 2012

"I missed all days I worked with Ed together. Sending out my deepest condolences to Ed's family. It's an awful tragedy, Rest In peace."

This tribute was added by Hillary Johnston on 8th October 2012

"I miss you so much already and cannot fathom not having the joy and fun you always brought to all of our family gatherings. I was proud to call you my uncle and godfather and always felt how very proud you were of me. The support you shared regardless the distance, came from such a place of love. You always have and always will forever hold a big place in my heart. I love you so very much!"

This tribute was added by Hillary Johnston on 8th October 2012

""If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again!""

This tribute was added by Jerry Johnston on 8th October 2012

"It is hard for me to find the words about Ed, other than he will be deeply missed and I just can't face reality that he is gone. He will always be on my mind and in my heart. God bless you Ed."

This tribute was added by Jerry Johnston on 8th October 2012

"Amber and I were just here talking about how we missed Uncle Ed. We both said we were thinking about him yesterday when we were watching the Steelers. I can remember everytime I would see Ed, he was always up on the Steelers. He lived so far away, yet he always had his mind back home in the States."

This tribute was added by Rick Macak on 8th October 2012

"Some people are just born to this world to be the definition of "LOVE", this is who Eddie was.
I am proud to be his brother in law.
Ed showed me the inside of a person that most people will never see, and the love that he emitted 24/7 will never be fogotten
Thanks God for giving Ed to us to share."

This tribute was added by Ken Johnston on 8th October 2012

"Ed, our beloved brother and brother-in-law,
We'll miss those big hugs, but most of all your kind way of making everyone feel special and loved.  So sad to say goodbye."

This tribute was added by Brent Johnston on 8th October 2012

""My Uncle Ed, As a kid I remember you teaching me to drive your car up and down the lane. All the family gatherings, although many on the phone, you always put a smile on my face. You will be missed and always remembered!

Brent""

This tribute was added by Anna Clements on 8th October 2012

"Ed was not only our colleague but our dear friend. Ed will be greatly missed by his extended family at Celanese.  I want to pass along that Ed and his family have been in the thoughts of many of us at Celanese in China.  With deepest sympathies, Casey & Anna Clements"

This tribute was added by Jeniece Johnston Birchett on 7th October 2012

"My Dearest Uncle Eddie,
Some of my fondest childhood and family memories revolve around you and your fun loving and kind ways.  No matter the distance in time or space, you always made me feel very special and loved.  I will hold those fond memories close until one day when we meet again.  Only then will the hole in my heart ever truly be filled.  I will miss and love you always."

This tribute was added by Steve Johnston on 7th October 2012

"Photo Added:  Ed and brother, Steve
December 19, 2009 (Family Christmas Party at Karen & Rick's House)
"Never a loss of Smiles when Ed was around"
Miss you Much !"

This tribute was added by Steven Johnston on 7th October 2012

"With the tragic passing of my dear brother, Ed, I wanted to do something special for our family to remember him.  We never know how far-reaching our lives become or how many people they touch.  I invite you to share your memories and photos of Ed (Eddie) and express your condolences on this site.
(Ed's oldest brother), Steve"

This tribute was added by Steven Johnston on 7th October 2012

"Farewell my dear Brother. You always made me laugh and smile.  I was so very proud of you.  We had much in common, especialy the the love of family. Although distance and travels often kept us apart, we always remained Close at Heart!

"Big Brother" Steve"


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