David Ramsay Johnston, age 81

of Quincy

David Ramsay Johnston, age 81

Quincy, David Ramsay Johnston, age 81, of Quincy, died, Monday, April 20, 2020, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham.

Born in Boston, to the late John L. and Isabella (Ramsay) Johnston, he was raised and educated in Quincy. He was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1956, and earned several graduate degrees from Boston University School of Education.

David served as a teacher and principal in the Quincy Public Schools and had also served as principal of the East Somerville Community School and the Kennedy School, both in Somerville. He had been retired for many years.

David had a lifelong love of the New England waters, including Quincy Bay and Rock Island Cove. He was the captain of many boats, including the Bonnie Lassie and The Lady Jane. He also enjoyed skiing and spending time with his family.

Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of Jane (Connaughton) Johnston.

Devoted father of Steven D. Johnston, David A. Johnston and his wife AnnMarie, all of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Kendra Johnston, Sophia Johnston, Gabrielle Johnston, all of Quincy, and Mckayla Johnston of Portland, Maine.

Dear brother of the late Robert L. Johnston and his surviving wife Carol of Quincy.

David is also survived by his cousins, Beverly Zitting and her husband Roy of Utah, Betty Osborne and her husband Robert of Arizona, and Ellen Bassicia and her husband Frank of Pennsylvania.

In light of current events, funeral services were private.

For those who wish, donations in David’s memory may be made to Troop 6 Boy Scouts, 136 Darrow Street, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • I’m sorry for your loss , David took over for my dad at the Kennedy School when my dad retired , we just buried my dad on Ash Wednesday , so I truly feel for your family , rest in peace , god bless , warmly James Hughes

  • Dear Jane and sons,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We have so many wonderful memories of fun times spent with Dave on the boat and up skiing. Ed is turning 100 in August. We’d love to see you at the celebration.
    Take care.
    With sympathy,
    Donna Dunbar and Ed Smith

  • I feel so sad to learn of Dave’s passing. Or should I say, Mr. Johnston? He will always be Mr. Johnston to me, because he was my principal at East Somerville Community School when I was a new teacher. He was always very kind and patient with me as I found my footing in my new profession, and he also watched out for me when I took maternity leave, calling to let me know that my job was being held for me. As the busy principal of such a large and challenging school, he had good humor and an open heart and mind with the students. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Jane, Steve & David –
    I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great friend to my parents. We had so many great years skiing together! I miss all those fun times, but will cherish all the memories. Sending much love and my deepest condolences to all of you…