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Harvey Gay Turner Jr.

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MANCHESTER -- Harvey Gay Turner Jr., 88, a 40-year resident of Manchester, pased away on Jan. 2, 2004 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

He was born Aug. 25, 1915 in North Reading, Mass., the son of Harvey Gay Turner and Anne S. Hackett Turner. He was a graduate of Philips Academy, Andover, class of 1933 and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, class of 1937, majoring in dairy industry and bacteriology.

After four years training in ROTC at UMass, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the Calvalry Reserve and promoted to first lieutenant in 1940. From 1937 to 1941, he was dairy technician at United Farmers of New England, headquartered in Morrisville, where he met his wife Hazel and married in 1938.

He was called to active duty with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Tampa, Fla. in 1941 as first lieutenant. Duty assignments took him to many air bases throughout the U.S. in charge of organizing and training units of the Air Service Command for movement overseas. He was appointed shipment supervisor in 1944 for 1,200 Air Force personnel to be sent to Bari, Italy as replacements.

Upon his return to the states, he was assigned to Venice Air Field in Florida to organize and train an Air Service Group consisting of 1,100 Chinese to be shipped to China as part of the USAF there. He was assigned to the 75th Air Service Group as squadron commander and group executive officer and went to Guam in early 1945 as part of the 315th Bombaardment Wing (B-29s) stationed at Northwest Field in Guam. He served as wing transportation and refueling officer during his time in Guam, returning to the U.S. in late 1945. Active in the Air Force Reserve, he served as commander of the 9319th Air Reserve Squadron in New Jersey and later as commander of the 9263rd Air Reserve in Stamford, Conn. In 1975, he was retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

His business career in management started in 1946 with Sheffield Farms (a part of Kraft Inc.) in New York City. For five years he was general manager of the Connecticut division headquartered in Stamford. During the last four years with the company, he was general manager of the Long Island division, headquartered in Richmond Hill, Long Island, N.Y.

He was a past president and honorary life member of the New York State Association of Milk and Food Sanitarians.

While living in Stamford, he was past president of the Suburban Stamford Kiwanis Club and president of the district Republican Club.

He and his wife Hazel bought the Stamford Motel in Manchester in 1963. In 1977, they sold the motel to their daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Steve Geriak. In retirement, his activities included: Manchester Lions Club since 1965, president in 1970; trustee, First Congregational Church, Manchester; charter member, greens committee chairman and member of the board of governors of the Manchester Country Club; chairman, district I committee, Vermont Travel Information Council; member (eight years) and chairman (three years) Manchester Zoning Board of Appeals.

Survivors include his son, William A. Turner of East Haven, Conn.; his daughter, Judith A. Geriak of Manchester Center; five grandchildren and four beautiful great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Hazel in 1996.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 7 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village.

For those who desire, memorial contributions in Harvey’s memory may be made to the Manchester Rescue Squad or Manchester Health Services, care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 5, 2004
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