A Mass of Christian Burial for James K. Johnstone, 49, of Derby, a volunteer firefighter, teacher and insulation worker who worked out of Asbestos Workers Local 4, will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, Gardenville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Johnstone, a native of Kenmore and a graduate of Kenmore West High School, died Friday (Nov. 20, 1998) in Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, after a brief illness.
He was a member of Elma Volunteer Fire Company for 15 years before moving in 1996 to Derby, where he joined Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Company.
Johnstone had special training to be an interior firefighter and took many courses to upgrade his firefighting skills. He also was an emergency medical technician and received awards for saving two lives.
He was an active member of the Erie County Haz-Mat Team.
Johnstone recently returned to Buffalo State College to complete teaching certification as a vocational instructor in the field of welding. He often was called in as a substitute teacher for Erie, Niagara and Orleans County Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and Lake Shore School District.
He and his wife of 24 years, the former Velerie Malek, moved from Elma to a 23-acre horse farm and stable in Derby because they needed more room to raise their Arabian horses. He was an avid horseman and enjoyed showing his horses. He also assisted in scoring at Western New York Dressage Association shows.
Johnstone, a history buff with special interests in World War II and local Buffalo history, also enjoyed joining his wife as a chaperone at West Seneca High School events. His wife is an English and writing teacher.
She is his only immediate survivor.[hdkns]