Obituary for William (Bill) Johnston (1931-2006)
Well known Branch member dies
Bill Johnston died at home in Beverley, East Yorkshire in November 2006.
Bill was a stalwart of the ICME serving at both branch and national level. He was a founder member of the Humberside Section and served as Section President and later Branch President of the West Riding of Yorkshire Branch. Bill continued to be an active Council Member for Section and Branch representing the West Riding of Yorkshire Branch at National Council; with this continuing after his retirement.
Bill started work as a trainee Metallurgist at Carron Ironworks in Falkirk where he met his future wife Anne.
He trained at the Glasgow Technical College (now Strathclyde University) where he achieved a college Diploma in Metallurgy.
After qualifying, Bill took a position with Wellworth’s Centrifugal Casting Foundry in Ringwood in the New Forest.
In the 1960’s Bill’s next move took the ever-expanding Johnson family to Loughborough to work for John Jones & Sons Ltd Britannia foundry where he built a reputation in fledgling continuously cast iron industry.
In 1970 Bill joined Bish Kosarski at Starkey’s Technicast Ltd in Hull where they introduced and developed continuous casting of cast irons. Bill served as Works Director for 26 successful years at Starkey’s until his retirement in 1996.
After retirement, Bill continued to serve on IBF committees, while being able to indulge his hobbies for travel, good food and wine with France and South Africa being particular favourites. Bill and Anne were also able to combine their love of travel to visit their children and grandchildren spread as wide as Canada and Australia.
Sympathies are sent to Bill’s wife Anne, and children Alan, Aileen, Les, Graham and Linda.