Jaycar founder Gary Johnston dies ‘after a short illness’
Jaycar founder and managing director Gary Johnston has died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer, two weeks ago. The 71-year-old multimillionaire founded the electronics retailer in 1981 and it has grown to 146 stores in Australia and New Zealand. Jaycar Electronics Group chief executive Michael Newsom confirmed that Mr Johnston “had passed away after a short illness” on Wednesday afternoon. “We are deeply saddened by Gary’s sudden and untimely passing and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Kerry, [his children] Chris, Tim, Jeni and Robbie and families,” Mr Newsom said. The Western Suburbs Magpies rugby league team said Mr Johnston was a lifelong supporter. Mr Johnston was a co-patron of the Steve Waugh Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people living with rare diseases.
Gary Johnston, founder of electronics retailer Jaycar.