Arthur Johnston obituary (1946 – 2021) – Goffstown, NH


Arthur (Butch) Johnston, son of John Henry Johnston and Harriet Ola Foster, passed away suddenly on August 25. He was born in Winchester, MA on February 8, 1946.

The family moved to New Boston in 1947, living in the Old School House on Old Bedford Rd. Arthur attended New Boston Elementary School and graduated from Goffstown High. He then served in the US Army from 1964 to 1970 with the 197th Field Artillery and the 82nd Airborne. After being honorably fired, Arthur became an electrician and ran a successful business for the past 38 years. Arthur was a two-term coach for New Boston in the late 1980s.

In his spare time he was very active in the Scottish community, serving 20 years as a commissioner on the board of trustees of the Johnston / e clan and was the chief commissioner of North America for 15 years with Patrick, Lord Annandale, Scottish leader of Johnston around the world. . Arthur and his wife, Margot, have hosted the Clan Johnston / e Hospitality Tent at the NH Scottish Highland Games for 25 years, as well as a few locations in New England and have assisted at other locations in the United States and the United States. Canada. In addition to Scottish activities, his hobbies included playing the bagpipe, his flower and vegetable gardens, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Dott Margot (Slack) Johnston, his sisters Joan McDonald of Hooksett and Claire Barden of MA, his daughters Lisa Bounomo (Tomas), Kim Groves Bryan (James), Cathy Groves Thompson (Carey), his sons Patrick Taft, Kerry Taft, grandchildren Rebecca, Sean and Tristan Bryan, Gunner, Savannah and Kyandra Bounomo, and great-grandson Miles Bounomo. In addition, several nieces and nephews.

The screening will take place at the French and Rising Funeral Home in Goffstown on Tuesday, August 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be brief military honors at the end of the view. Masks are required from unvaccinated people. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Tunnel 2 Towers charity or the Shriner Children’s Hospital. For more information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit

Posted by Union Leader on Aug 29, 2021.


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