George Jerzy Turlo (1934 - 2016)

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82, of Palmetto passed away peacefully on the morning of August 9th, 2016 at Ellenton Hospice House. He was born in Vilno (Vilnius) Poland on March 13, 1934. He studied at the Gdansk Polytechnic Institute, graduating with Masters Degrees in architecture, engineering and city planning. He was appointed City Architect in Kolobrzeg, later as Planning Director for the city of Slupsk. His late father, Michael Turlo, a professor at Brown University in Rhode Island, sponsored his trip to the United States. George arrived in 1966 and was hired immediately and worked for 34 years for the Providence Planning Department as Planning Supervisor. His major urban decision: to transfer the rivers and railroad lines, opening new areas for development revitalized Downtown Providence and the entire city. In 2000, George retired to Florida, choosing Sun Key Village as his permanent residence. His late first wife, Wieslawa Turlo, was also an architect leaving two sons; Ralph and Peter. Peter, an electronics engineer, lives with his wife Elisa in Rhode Island. Ralph is teaching English at Lodz University in Poland. Besides his two surviving sons, George is survived by his loving wife Christine B. Turlo of Palmetto, FL; his sister Maria (Janek) Nowak and niece Margaret who reside in Poland. George was a well-known artist, painting throughout all of his life. He had his own Turlo Art Gallery in Providence. George was teaching art at the Manatee Art Center and afterward at Sun Key Village, where he and his students created successful art exhibitions. He wrote numerous essays and published a book called "Noble Hearts" in which he summarized his survival during the Holocaust in Poland. Together with other Holocaust survivors, he participated in the Florida Holocaust Museum project to write another book called "We Were There" memories of Holocaust. A memorial service will be held in The Glass Chapel at Skyway Memorial Funeral Home in Palmetto on Saturday August 20th, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged in George's memory to St. Mary's Episcopal Church 1010 24th Ave W, Palmetto, 34221.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Aug. 14, 2016
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