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
  • 49 years old
  • Born on January 26, 1963 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on October 2, 2012 in Phi Phi Island, Phuket, Thailand.

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.

Posted by Rick Macak on 2nd October 2018
Ed: Karen, Myself Adam, Beth & now Lucy all miss you very very much. We just had Sho Sho and the Kids at our house over the weekend. The kids are growing like weeds and are smart just like their father. They will always remember their dad. As a matter of fact I played a song Sarah Smile by Hall & Oates for her & she said, my Dad used to sing that to me!..She still remembered that. Continue to watch over all of us, until we meet again in Heaven. Rick-Karen-Adam-Beth- and Lucy 3 weeks old
Posted by Karen Macak on 26th January 2018
To my much loved brother..of whom I think of every day. Rick & I miss you tremendously. Today & all weekend we will be sharing time with Fang Fang, Sarah & Sammuel at our home. It's a sad time, and also a time for noticing how much the kids have grown over these last 5 years. The kids are smart & very loving just like their father was. Please continue to watch over all of us. We will be together someday again. Love you, your sister Karen
Posted by Hillary Johnston on 2nd October 2016
Missing you today and often. Love you very much Uncle Eddie.
Posted by Robin DeMackiewicz on 26th January 2016
Wishing you a very happy birthday! I will always miss you. Love, Robin
Posted by Jeniece Johnston Birchett on 26th January 2016
Happy Birthday Uncle Ed, miss you dearly!
Posted by Rick Macak on 2nd October 2015
Hard to believe that three years have passed since you left us. Your passing has left great sorrow with your Johnston family & of course your wife and children. We choose to remember all of the great times that were always occurring while you were with us! Memories that will forever be etched in our hearts. We miss you greatly but we move on knowing you are in a better place and will welcome us all with open arms ,when the lord calls us home, Love you.
Posted by Jasmin Green on 6th May 2015
bless you!
Posted 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
Posted 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,
Posted by Ken Johnston on 2nd October 2013
We hold our memories dear to our hearts, especially today. May God bless the family.
Posted by Robin DeMackiewicz on 26th January 2013
Happy Birthday Uncle Ed! I miss you. Love, Robin
Posted 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,
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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...
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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?
Posted 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 were really a kindness father, a genial mentor of us. Miss you in peace...
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted by Linda Conley on 10th October 2012
brother...not my brother-in-law. My memories of Ed are 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.

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