Graham Lowe Johnston
Graham Lowe Johnston passed away Jan. 3, 2015, at the age of 64.
The son of Dr. Bernard Johnston and Eileen (Joughin) Johnston, Graham grew up in Alameda. Graham graduated from Alameda High School and the College of Alameda, earning a degree in automotive repair. Graham owned his own auto shop in Albany until he began his career with the city of Oakland. For 24 years Graham worked on repairing and maintaining Oakland’s wide variety of vehicles and fleet of police cars.
Graham was known for his extraordinary marksmanship, competing in shooting competitions all around the U.S. He loved to spend time at his historic cabin in Iowa Hill, a tiny Gold Rush-era town in the Sierra Foothills. He proudly served as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic, serving as fire chief of Iowa Hill.
Graham worked tirelessly during the Oakland Hills Fire and rushed to the scene of the Cypress Structure collapse following the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Graham served as photographer for many weddings, and taught photography for many years for the Alameda Parks Department.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias until the Alameda chapter dissolved. He was a very compassionate and intelligent man, who would unfailingly offer help to those in need. He was a gifted conversationalist who loved to spin yarns for his many friends.
He leaves behind Theresa, his cherished partner of many years, who remained by his side during the difficult final months of his life; a sister, Georgia Ramm; a brother, Charles Johnston; and cousins: Cheryl Gittelson, Penny Schweitzer and Susan Locke. His brother, Bernard Johnston, and cousin, Edward Faust, predeceased him.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service this Friday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. in Alameda.
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