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David Johnston,: An entrepreneur always willing to help others

The death of David Johnston, stockbroker

'MANY OWE DAVID A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR HELPING LAUNCH THEIR CAREERS'

Old Campbellian David Johnston, who has died aged 73, spent most of his adult life in finance and was one of the province's best-known stockbrokers at the Belfast Stock Exchange.

He and his wife of 29 years, Jilly, also set up a firm of company broking consultants to help companies to merge and flourish.

"He was an entrepreneur who was always anxious to help business people and give them good advice," said Jilly.

"High finance and the Stock Exchange were his life."

After his time at Campbell College, David went to Canada for a year and, when he returned home to Belfast, he joined his father Philip in the firm of Morrell and Johnston, which had been established by his grandfather. The young Johnston turned out to have a huge talent in the hectic world of stockbroking.

"He held a prominent position in the Northern Ireland business community for many years and was an innovative figure in the traditionally conservative world of stockbroking," said his friend and colleague Brian Corry, who spoke at a thanksgiving service for David at Roselawn, conducted by Brian Kissock of the Christian Science Church at University Street in Belfast.

"There are many men and women in this city who owe David a great debt of gratitude for helping launch their careers.

"He helped create opportunity for others." It was in 1993 that David and his wife opened the doors of Company Broking Consultants in Holywood and the venture was a success.

Another friend – retired publisher Tom Thompson – explained: "David was always trying to help people with his financial advice. We were friends for 20 years and he and Jilly were the ideal married couple. He will be missed."

David Johnston, who was cremated at Roselawn, is survived by Jilly and children Susan McColl, Philip and Richard Johnston from an earlier marriage, and stepsons Damien and Nicholas Jenkins.

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