Johnston, who founded the electronics and components retailer in 1981, reportedly passed away on Wednesday.
Mourners used social media to show their respect, and former employee and family friend Adrian Gilchrist wrote about his broken heart.
« Gary Johnston first picked me up when the job market chewed me up and spat me out in 2005. He took me into the Jaycar family (more than once), » Gilchrist wrote on Facebook.
« Gary, thank you for your respect, guidance, support and friendship. Like the many lives you have improved during your time on this planet, I can never put into words how much difference you have made for me. »
Johnston became controversial in 2012 after defending Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs players who reportedly made inappropriate comments to a journalist.
During an interview with 2GB when Jaycar was still the Bulldog’s main sponsor, Jaycar general manager Johnston was quoted as saying, « When a woman goes to some bars in Sydney, she gets pampered. She’s treated as an object, and that is the way. » it is. She doesn’t have to go to these bars « .
The comments sparked a campaign to boycott Jaycar stores before the Bulldogs brand split for good in 2018 over a Mad Monday scandal.
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