Condolence Notice - Jay Johnston

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The University of Lethbridge expresses its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Jay Johnston, who passed away tuesday, November 9, 2021.

John A. “Jay” Johnston

Jay was hired in 1980 as the first head of the Scene Shop for the Department of Drama. For over 30 years, Jay acted as carpenter, properties master, scenic painter and designer for Department of Drama and Department of Music productions.

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Jay pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor. His knowledge, expertise, and sense of humour influenced countless students and staff members whom he mentored throughout his career.

Jay was passionate about the theatre and cared deeply for the students with whom he worked. He was a true artist, dedicated to the fine craftsmanship involved at all levels of construction and painting. Jay’s legacy to the University Theatres includes a vast collection of theatre props including antique furniture, fixtures, electronics and set dressings that he personally curated, restored and cared for. He often lent his expertise to theatrical productions outside the University and was contracted regularly by the film industry for his painting and prop skills.

Since retiring in 2011, Jay taught community woodworking classes at Casa, continued to consult on various Drama Mainstage productions, and also had a special interest in pyrotechnics and hot air balloons.

Jay is survived by his daughter, Aria, and was very much looking forward to becoming a grandpa in December.

The University will lower its flag on Monday, November 22, 2021 in John's remembrance.


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