Kenya bus crash victims farewelled

Last updated 13:00 26/01/2013
'TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE': Dr Brian and Grace Johnston, two of three people from a Bethlehem College group killed in a minivan crash in Kenya.
'TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE': Dr Brian and Grace Johnston, two of three people from a Bethlehem College group killed in a minivan crash in Kenya.

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Over 2000 people have packed a service at Bethlehem College to farewell a Tauranga couple killed in a crash in Kenya.

Dr Samuel Brian Johnston, 64, and his wife Grace Priscilla Johnston, 57, died after the van they were travelling in with a school group rolled into a ditch on January 15.

Former Bethlehem College student Caitlin Dickson, and the Kenyan driver of the bus, Christopher Mmata, were also killed.

The three Kiwis were among seven adults and a dozen Bethlehem College students working at the Ark Quest Academy in the village of Mahanga.

The funeral service was live-streamed from the chapel on the school grounds.

The Johnstons were remembered by their 10 children who spoke of their loving natures and the charity work they had performed, particularly in Africa.

Several of the other students injured in the crash returned to Auckland yesterday where they were met by the college principal, Eoin Crosbie.

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