Matthew Johnston

Matthew Will "Matt" Johnston

Saturday, November 1st, 1952 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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Matthew Will Johnston
Johnston, Matthew “Matt” Will, departed this earthly life on September 1, 2020. Born in Richmond, VA, Matt is survived by his longtime love and companion Susan Dameron; special niece Elizabeth Ortuno, her husband Jhimy, and their children, James and Isabella; brother J. Kelly Johnston, Jr.; stepsister Margaret Eppes Curtis and her husband Ted; niece Baker Gooss, her husband Kevin, and their children, Lily and Bo; nephew Tyler Magill, his wife Sena, and their daughter Olivia; and step-niece Dawn L. Frappollo and her partner Shawn McCowen. Matt was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Matthew P. Will and Helen Sauer Will; mother and stepfather, Janie Will Eppes and Edward M. Eppes, III, M.D.; his sister Margret Johnston Magill; his paternal grandparents, Philip K. and Vera Johnston; his father, Jack Kelly Johnston; and his niece, Erin Grey Magill.
Matt spent much of his life in Richmond. He also lived in Boston and attended Boston University, and he was a 1987 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He spent much of his life working in building renovations, and his passion was making art. His artworks took many forms including sculptures, paintings, and glass works. His heart was always in the Northern Neck, where he had visited his grandparents since childhood, and he eventually became a full-time resident. Subsequent to 2003 Hurricane Isabel’s many downed trees, he began making artworks and furniture from the lumber that he collected and self-milled.
Matt was an accomplished fisherman and a nature enthusiast. Throughout his life he enjoyed cooking - he was a great cook and had a natural aptitude for it. He also enjoyed writing short stories and letters to the editor.
In his later years Matt’s favorite pastime was sitting on his porch at Bewdley, watching the river, birds, and watermen, and talking with and emailing with his many friends. Matt is now at peace. His family and friends will miss him greatly.
Service will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Nancy Brown

Posted at 08:35pm
Oh Susan, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please take advantage of the many loving people in our community who will want to look after you right now and support you as you process Matt's passing. Please let us know what we can do to support you right now; I know there is a small army of us ready and willing to try to do whatever it is you may need. You are most loved and treasured here, I hope you know that.

Wright Norris

Posted at 08:15pm
All my love and care for Susan, and Matt's family.
I will forever miss my nearly daily conversations/debates with Matty and siitting on the porch watching the hummingbirds and the perfect sunsets. I'll forever love n miss you man.

Dawn Frappollo

Posted at 10:34am
Uncle Matt, I wish I had reached out all those times I wanted to. You were there for me when I needed a "big brother" and helped me find my first apartment, showed me the art scene in Richmond and always had a great story and delicious food. I'm so sorry you struggled to find peace.

Zumi Potts

Posted at 01:21pm
May you be comforted and know peace
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Jan Baumgardner

Posted at 09:47am
My heartfelt prayers are with Susan and all of the Johnston family. Such a loss for everyone. He will be greatly missed. All my Love to you.
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Zumi B Potts Posted at 01:03pm

I’m very greatly saddened to hear of Matt’s passing. He was very instrumental in my early years in the USA with his welcome and kind consideration, and time. Very talented and original with a big spirit hard to be contained in his physicality. A light so bright. He taught me many things. I’m grateful to have know him. And I’m very sorry for his family, friends and Susan’s loss. I’m keeping his memory close to my heart. I appreciate being able to write this here. Zumi Potts formally Vivienne Turkington.

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