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Sonam Dorjee Khangsarpa ( Sikkim ) on 4 September, 2017 at 11:48pm

Heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Johnston and to the family, A great loss.

(Mount Hermon 1963) got to know about the news very late.

Sr. Antoinette Rodrigues on 3 May, 2017 at 6:41pm

Dearest Val,
I was in Loreto Darjeeling at the same time that you were there too, with John. I want to share my deep respect and admiration for your dear husband and you all the time I knew you. Please be assured of my prayers and good wishes for eternal bliss and happiness for dear John A. Johnston. May he be the means of bringing many blessings on you and the family.
Much love, sympathy and prayers,
Antoinette

Sr Martion Vase Loreto Ranchi on 2 May, 2017 at 3:58pm

Dear Val,
You have my heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear husband."The one you have loved and lost is no longer where he was before,he is now wherever you are" Be sure of all our prayers always.
S.Marion

Sr Martion Vase Loreto Ranchi on 2 May, 2017 at 3:58pm

Dear Val,
You have my heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear husband."The one you have loved and lost is no longer where he was before,he is now wherever you are" Be sure of all our prayers always.
S.Marion

Sr Martion Vase Loreto Ranchi on 2 May, 2017 at 3:58pm

Dear Val,
You have my heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear husband."The one you have loved and lost is no longer where he was before,he is now wherever you are" Be sure of all our prayers always.
S.Marion

Vishal Sinha - ICSE Batch 1989 (MHS) on 1 May, 2017 at 1:09pm

Heartfelt Condolence to all Friends & Family. The funeral ceremony was beautiful. How I wish I could have been there to bade him goodbye. The goodness of this great man transcends across Oceans and Seas and will remain part of this world we live in forever. Thank you sir for your guidance and contribution in making us better human beings.

Vivek Karma Subba, Gangtok on 1 May, 2017 at 5:05am

Childhood days at Mount Hermon School, so precious and innocent, full of fun, laughter, climbing trees at the khud side, collecting beetles, playing marbles,... carefree... and maybe just a tiny bit worried about being sent to Mr.Martin's office..
I remember being sent to your office also once, I was really scared. But you let me off easy! Thank your sir!
...the day when me and my friends approached you ...and showed you the grass snake we just caught...you put the snake below your nose.. like a moustache! And made a funny face :) making us laugh..
I really don't understand why we tend to forget so many of our childhood memories...
But one thing is for sure, the imprint of our childhood memories long forgotten. ..so beautiful and precious, will always remain in our subconscious mind.
Thank you, Sir, for all your love and careā€¦it was through your hard work and dedication, that I and so much more could enjoy the beautiful fruits of Dear Mount Hermon.
The Old friendly walls of Mount Hermon Will always remind us of you.
You will forever be there with us in our hearts.

Zomawii Chongthu on 30 April, 2017 at 7:47pm

It was such a blessing to have had Rev and Mrs Johnston in the early stages of my life. I cannot express how valuable are the many countless things I learnt from your lives. May the good Lord be wt you Ma'am, and with the whole family at this sad time. I grieve with you all as we bid goodbye to a most wonderful, compassionate, generous hearted and loving human being.

Alfred and Arpita Martin on 27 April, 2017 at 1:38am

Our condolences and sympathy for our extended but very close Johnston family whom we have known since the 70's . Our sorrow is as profound and deep as the sorrow of other friends and family.

I, Alfred. came to know John from day 1 when he became Principal of Mount Hermon School in Darjeeling, India when I served as a Committee member. He was soft-spoken, compassionate and affable as a personality. As a family man and with Val beside him, he was successful as he was blessed with 5 children and grandchildren. John has not gone away. He lives on in his children and more his grandchildren. Close observers will note the many mannerisms his grandchildren will unknowingly show in the course of everyday living.

I personally admired John because as far as I know he went about doing good and helping wherever he could with a quiet proficiency. It is needless to say that because of what he was he touched the lives of many people who were his students. I admired him as a preacher because he not only preached but had to back it up with actions in the course of his Principalship.
Val and he had a love for India that is unbelievable. They met in Kolkata, married in Kolkata and never left West Bengal in spirit.

The Indian Poet Rabindranath Tagore said about death
'Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.'

As Eliot put it 'What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.'
May his soul rest in peace.
From Arpita and Alfred Martin and family.

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