Alan & Joy Johnstone – A story of Loyalty and Love
Alan and Joy Johnstone’s journey of loyalty and love started with a cheeky wink and an impish grin from Alan to Joy at a Friday evening dance in the spring of 1958. Subsequently, they married and produced, nurtured and raised four fine sons, all of whom have raised their own families based on the values they saw so effectively modelled by Alan and Joy.
Alan has enjoyed much business success and his long and unique contribution to the Footscray/Western Bulldogs football club has seen his efforts being recognised first with a Life Membership in 2001, and being named as Number 1 Ticket holder in 2014.
In 2015 – after 55 years of marriage – they remain committed to their family, friends and each other. And they remain the forever young, energetic, loving and available ‘Millie and Lal’ to their 10 adoring grandchildren.
Alan and Joy’s story is set against a family background that contains a rich array of interesting and colourful characters who have included blacksmiths, bricklayers and butchers; housemaids, homemakers and horsemen; wool classers, wine growers and wine merchants, fruiterers, farmers and French polishers; public servants, publicans and prospectors and from within horse racing circles, owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers!
This is a story worth telling. Enjoy the read!