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Lifelong Glentoran fan Maxi Johnston was stalwart of supporters club

 

Maxi Johnston, the chairman of the Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters Club, has died at the age of 81.

Mr Johnston, a lifelong supporter of Glentoran, was a long-time member of the Castlereagh Supporters Club.

Before becoming chairman, he had served as a committee member and treasurer.

Edward Maxwell Johnston was born on October 6, 1936, the eldest of three children.

He went to school at Belfast Royal Academy, and later took up an apprenticeship as a fitter.

At the age of 30 he went to Queen's University and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.

He worked in England for a period with the Metal Box company, and returned to Northern Ireland where he was employed by International Computer Tabulators.

When this closed down in the mid-1970s, he and colleagues formed a precision engineering company with headquarters in an industrial estate in Bangor.

He remained with this company until his retirement in 2010.

Maxi Johnston was a keen sportsman, and a golfer who played at Scrabo.

He was also a season ticket holder with the Ulster Rugby Club.

His son Michael said: "My father was a popular and highly intelligent man, and he was well read.

"He devoured newspapers and would always keep up with current affairs."

Mr Johnston succeeded Cecil McKeag as treasurer of the Castlereagh Club and also succeeded him as chairman.

Mr McKeag said: "He was a good man, who did a great deal for the club.

"He was moderate and reasonable, and he will be sorely missed."

Gary Campbell, honorary secretary of the Castlereagh club, said that members were "greatly shocked and saddened" by Mr Johnston's death, and added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time."

Mr Johnston is survived by his wife Phyllis; his sons Michael and Ian; his daughter Ivy; his brother John and sister Margaret, both living in Australia; his sons-in-law Paul and Alex; his daughter-in-law Jean, and his grandchildren Oliver, Peter, Charlie and Amy.

The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10.30am at Co-Operative Funeral Services, Ravenhill Road, Belfast.

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