Winchester Press – obit – Ferneley Johnston
Ferneley Wray Johnston, a lifetime residentof the Williamsburg area, passed away at the Ottawa General Hospitalon Sat., March 31, 2007, following a brief illness. He was 80.
He was born west of Winchester on Nov. 29, 1926 to his parentsCarman and Hilda Johnston (nee McIntosh). His family moved toBouck’s Hill and bought a farm, but they had to move back to Winchesterbecause his grandparents needed help. After they moved back toWinchester Ferneley’s father died, he was only nine years oldat that time. He and his mother and sister then moved back toBouck’s Hill where he lived until his death.
After his father’s death he accompanied his Uncle Ed Casselman,who was a cattle drover, on his rounds. Following his uncle’sdeath, he bought for drovers Hugh McIntosh, and then Keith Schell,and they would ship the cattle to Montreal. When Keith Schellquit, farmers convinced Ferneley to go on his own. He bought atruck and started his own business. Over the years he spent manyhours trucking cattle to Embrun, Winchester, Lancaster, and Moulinettesale barns.
On June 10, 1948 he married Marion Colquhoun at Williamsburg UnitedChurch manse, and together they had three daughters Carole, Linda,and Donna.
During his 50 plus years working as a cattle drover he was luckybecause he was only slightly injured on two occasions. The highlightof his career as a drover was having the privilege of sellingthe largest cow at Leo’s Sale Barn. She weighed 2,230 pounds.He always said he didn’t make much money selling cattle, but hehad a lot of fun. He did it all his life and he wouldn’t havewanted to do anything else. His career as a drover was highlightedby an appearance on Regional Contact in 1989. In addition to beinga cattle drover, he also delivered the mail to the residents ofRR# 2 Williamsburg for over 53 years.
Ferneley and Marion would have been married 59 years on June 10.They met at a dance at Paul’s Hall in Williamsburg. They datedfor about a year and a half and then married. They always workedas a team and the work got done. If Ferneley was late coming homefrom the sale barn or he was out with the boys, Marion alwayssaw that the chores were done each and every day. Together theyprovided a wonderful home for their three daughters to grow upin.
He was a very good dad. He enjoyed taking his daughters to theNation River to fish, on Sunday drives in the country sight seeing,or to the Morrisburg dairy to get an ice cream cone, which wasa treat Ferneley always enjoyed. Over the years he was alwaysthere for his family when they needed him and he will be dearlymissed by all of them.
He was not only well thought of by his family, but he was wellliked and respected by everyone who had the pleasure of meetinghim. He possessed an easy-going disposition that enabled him tobefriend both young and old alike.
Throughout his 80 years he enjoyed eating and having fun. He possesseda good sense of humour, and always had something funny to say.He loved children, and he always took the time to make each childhe encountered feel special.
He will be fondly remembered for his trademark brush cut whichhe got trimmed every two weeks, and his love of animals, especiallycows and cats.
He was extremely loyal to his family, his friends, his work, andhis community. He was like a walking encyclopedia when it cameto Dundas County and its residents. He knew who was related towhom, who was married to whom, where a certain individual livednow and where they used to live, and a great deal of other informationthat he could recount with amazing detail.
He is survived by his wife Marion and his daughters Carole (David)Pittman of Ottawa, Linda (Wayde) Roles, and Donna (Dale) Casselman,both of Bouck’s Hill. He was predeceased by his sister ShirleyJohnston. He will be fondly remembered by grandchildren WendyCasselman (Kirk Stewart), Derek (Danette) Roles, Joanne Casselman,and great-grandchildren Sawyer, Taylor, and Jayden. He is alsosurvived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg,on April 2. An Oddfellows service was held in the evening on April2. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Churchon April 3 with Rev. Isabel Black officiating, followed by intermentat New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
The pallbearers were Bruce Whitteker, Brian Whitteker, Dave Baldwin,Marc Baldwin, Hugh Garlough, and Robert Byvelds. Honourary pallbearerswere Johnny Whitteker, Glen Cunningham, Harold Coughler, ClairAlgire, Rae Casselman, and Lyal Kehoe.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or New UnionCemetery would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.