Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston
  • November 11, 1970 - April 6, 2017
  • Auburn, Maine

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Auburn Thomas Johnston "TJ Thunder" 46, of Auburn died Thursday April 6, 2017. He was born in Media, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1970 son of Kenneth and Jean (Campitelli) Johnston. He attended Rutgers University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences with a focus on Meteorology. He then went on to Mississippi State University, where the Broadcast Meteorology program was started, and he earned his Master of Science degree. He holds the highest accreditation in the AMS as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

Tom's love for weather started as a young child, instead of watching cartoons and kid shows he watched the weather channel. He was fascinated with the weather and his success in his formal education led him to be a successful weather anchor in television stations across the south and southwest before he moved to Maine and started with WCSH Channel 6. While in Florida he received The Best Weather Awards in 2007 & 2008 from the Florida Associated Press.
Tom also loved the outdoors hot or cold, rainy or snow it didn't matter he just loved being in the outdoors. He enjoyed surfing, running, golfing, snowboarding, and volunteering his time especially helping raise money for cancer prevention, but most of all loved spending time with his family.

He will be missed by so many lives that he touched. He is survived by his mother Jean Campitelli of NJ, his three children Giana Grace, Broderick Ocean and Finnley Christian, his sister Deneen Morrotta of Auburn and her children Dana Drabold and her husband Kurt and their children Savanna and Troy, Kristen Morrotta and her daughter Peyton, Erika Morrotta, Stephanie Roy and husband Ryan and Kyle Herald, a brother Ken Johnston and wife Maria of NJ and their children Adriana and Kenny, and his companion Loubna "Elle" Ousfar of Old Orchard. He was predeceased by his father Kenneth Johnston.
To pay tribute to Tom's life please visit his guest book at

Visitation Fortin Group Auburn Wednesday April 12 from 4-7 PM, with Words of Remembrance at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's memory to his children at TD Bank C/O Deneen Morrotta 600 Center St. Auburn, Me 04210. Funeral service and committal will be held later at The Englewood Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 St. Auburn ME 207 783-8545.