I am so very sorry to read that Mr. Turchin has passed and so sorry that I let too much time go by between visits. He was such a wonderful gentleman. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Turchin and their family. I have many wonderful memories of conversations when he would stop by for tennis balls or to pick out something for his wife or family. Oh, how he loved Mrs. Turchin and he wasn't the least bit shy to admit it. I loved hearing their love story, about trips or cruises they were planning, about their love of Miami Beach and its history, or North Carolina, their home away from home. He enjoyed his life and he adored his family. It was such a joy to witness!
Mr. Turchin loved tennis. Even when his arm wouldn't cooperate, he persevered. He loved baseball. He seemed to really enjoy living. He was kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and considerate. He always had a kind word and a smile. Am I allowed to say he was my favorite customer at the tennis shop? And I had so many wonderful customers, but there was something so special about him. He proved that good guys can finish first!
Reading about his life, I am made aware of how very modest he was and how little I knew about him. He was an excellent example of accomplishing hard tasks while being soft spoken. Listening to him speak, it was always about his family, his city, his country. It wasn't about him. Reading the long list of his lifetime's accomplishments and contributions to so many people in so many places, I beg for the opportunity to thank him for everything he did.
He lived a good life. He was a great man.
My deepest sympathy to his dear wife and family,