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Richard Johnston

Richard Eliot Johnston

Friday, June 30th, 1939 - Friday, February 5th, 2021
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Obituary

Richard E. Johnston passed away peacefully on February 5, 2021. Beloved son of the late Walter F. Johnston and Rebecca C. Johnston, he was a lifelong resident of West Newton. A graduate of Tilton Academy, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany.

After his military service Dick worked at Newton Yellow Cab as a driver, dispatcher and eventually owner in 1976. He built the company into a fleet of 20 cabs with 24 employees. A very popular boss, he stayed in touch with many of his drivers even after the business closed in 2017.

Dick was an avid car enthusiast and drag racer. As a racer he won national events and is the holder of national records. As a public-spirited citizen of the city he sponsored various sports teams. His favorite organization was the Newton Special Olympics. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to them at https://newtonathletesunlimited.org/

He is survived by his sister, Nancy LeBlanc and her husband Robert and by four nephews and nieces and six great nephews and nieces.

Visiting hours will be held on February 20, 2021 from noon until 2 o'clock in the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St. West Newton. Interment will be private.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Burke and Blackington Funeral Home 1479 Washington St. West Newton, MA
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KarenBoyd

Posted at 05:04pm
Until that time old pal. I’ll miss you every day of my life. LYTTMAB, Forever and Always
LB

Lorraine Butler

Posted at 07:59pm
He is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with him
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Glenn Kulbako

Posted at 11:43pm
I drove for Yellow Cab part-time for three years, but had been a union rep in the industry for well over 10. Dick and I weren't always on the same side of things, but I don't think we ever had a disagreement. Yellow Cab was a tiny miracle of efficiency that kept so many of us employed, even through the harrowing days of 9-11 and the Great Recession. He was a man unto himself, but he never messed with karma, and was heroic in helping the community of alcoholics find work. He was kind of a 49er with heart, and I will never forget seeing him working in his smoke-filled attic with an avalanche of waybills. See you in the Cherry Tree in the sky, Dick!
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