Justice and Public Safety
July 23, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety:

Minister Parsons Pays Tribute to the Life and Contributions of Former RNC Chief Robert Johnston

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today with great sadness to mark the passing of a man who was instrumental in the evolution of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Retired Chief Bob Johnston was highly admired by all who knew him. Described by colleagues as a devoted officer and mentor, he embodied all the characteristics of a great officer; he was brave but gentle, kind but confident. He was a born leader who joined the RNC in 1979 and served as Chief between 2010 and 2014 after working his way through the ranks - a testament to his hard work and the respect he garnered from all corners.

Mr. Johnston passed away July 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. As during his policing career, he lived with positivity and courage after his diagnosis, giving hope to survivors throughout his 22-month battle. He will be remembered for his strength and contribution to the province.

Mr. Speaker, together with all Honourable Members of this House and on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, we send condolences to his wife Gloria, daughters Amanda and Sarah, his mother Inez, and his extended family at the RNC. I hope they take comfort knowing the profound impact Mr. Johnston has had on the province.

Thank you.

2019 07 23                              1:55 p.m.