William Lee Johnston of Akron, OH passed away from a devastating brain aneurysm on Sunday, December 4, 2022. He was 48 years old. Lee was born on August 19, 1974 in Riverside, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Cinnaminson High School in New Jersey. Lee was employed as a Chef at Manchester Tavern and prior to that was Head Chef at the Pufferbelly in Kent for 20 years. His passion was cooking and he helped many other advance their culinary skills.He was an avid fisherman, loved bikes and skateboards. Lee is survived by his loving parents, Peggy and Dave Payton; brother, Tyler Payton; his father, Dana Johnston and sisters, Rachel and Devon Johnston. Lee spent the last several years of his life with his loving partner, Rikki Hull and her two children, Josilynn and Henry. His Aunts, Ronni Holbrook (Mike), Sharon Devereaux (Bob), Peggy Poynter (Jim) and his Uncle, Gordon Payton will be among the many family and friends who will miss him. A memorial service will be held for Lee on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2 pm. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, Ohio 44203 with Rev. Rod Grabski officiating.The family will receive friends and family from 12 Noon until time of his service. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal rescue or shelter.
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