Late builder receives tribute at Heritage Models season opening
Doug Johnston looks up at a carving of his brother, Reginald "Bud" Johnston, founder of Heritage Models. The carving was created by local artist Bruce Hebert in memory of Johnston, and to be on permanent display in front of the Heritage Models building.
River Hebert - It is doubtful that Reginald Bud Johnston ever thought he would become such a celebrated part of heritage in the River Hebert area, a heritage he strived to so lovingly preserve, but it is clear he will be.
Bud was a great storyteller and soul. The day he placed his hands in the cement, we looked at each other and we both said The touch of the masters hand. He was always saying or doing something to make us laugh, said Pam Harrison, a great friend of Buds.
During the annual opening of Heritage Models a special ceremony took place that paid tribute to Johnston, founder of the centre, who passed away last year.
A carving of Johnston by Bruce Hebert, a woodcarving artist and friend of Buds, was celebrated and also, a new edition to Heritage Models unveiled.
After talking to Bud about events in his life, I decided to do a model about the grindstone quarries in Joggins. I wish he could be here to see it, said Brian Hebert, a native of Joggins, who presented his first model at the event after being inspired by Johnston.
Johnston spent more than 30 years building scale models depicting the heritage of River Hebert and surrounding areas. He was also fire chief of the River Hebert fire department for 25 years.
By the overwhelming attendance at the annual opening, the community made it clear their love for Johnston and their commitment to keeping the centre open.
Thank you to everyone who is helping this centre to live on. Bud would be very proud. said Harrison.
Heritage Models manager Sarah Welton thanked all who participated in the successful event.