Bruce Merrill Johnston

OBIT-Johnston2ELLSWORTH — Bruce Merrill Johnston, 65, died Jan. 27, 2016, in Ellsworth after a long illness. He was born in Ellsworth, March 11, 1950, the son of Jack C. and Joyce (Merrill) Johnston.

Bruce graduated from Searles High School in Great Barrington, Mass., Class of 1967. He was a very active class member and excelled in all sports. He attended the University of Maine in 1967-1968.

He was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1969 and served in the Vietnam War with distinction. He was honorably discharged in 1972. After the service, he took a course in restaurant management and bartending at Harvard. He managed and ran several restaurants. He decided to do waiter service, thus giving him freedom to travel. He bought a large travel trailer and spent his winters working in Florida. and summers working in Bar Harbor. He also worked in Colorado, Texas and the Carolinas. His family called him the “Nomad.” He enjoyed seeing the country and took lots of photos. Bruce also enjoyed helping his brother at the apple orchards. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and friends, Harry and Bob on Roach River. His hobbies were tying “flies” and watching all sports on TV.

Bruce leaves behind his mother, Joyce; brothers, Brett and wife Doris and Lee; sister, Judith Duncan; uncle, Richard Merrill; four nieces; one nephew; three great-nieces; two great-nephews; and a special great-nephew, Jack; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his father Jack; nephew, Nicholas; and many loved ones.

A spring graveside service will be held at Birch Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.

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