Arthur Lawrence Turkington Sr., 82, of Marlborough and formerly of Vernon, Hebron, and Manchester, passed away after an extended illness early Monday morning, May 20, 2013, at Middlesex Hospital Hospice.
Born in Manchester on June 7, 1930, he was the son of the late Lester and Lillian (Thompson) Turkington. Arthur was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army
, having served in Germany during the Korean War
. He retired several years ago after having worked as a machinist for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Prior to that, he worked in the insurance industry, owning and operating his own agency in Vernon and later working for the Scottish Union Insurance Co. Arthur was active and greatly involved with the Power Squadron in Manchester, where he was also former commander. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 102, Manchester, and the Legion Riders. He was an avid bowler, he loved motorcycle riding, fishing, and he was a fan of the Red Sox and UConn women's basketball team. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, quick wit, fun sense of humor, and, most importantly, for the love he generously gave to his family.
He was predeceased by his wife of 15 years, Merle I. Turkington in 2001. He will be sadly missed but always remembered by those he leaves behind. Survivors include his partner and friend, Ruth Posuniak, with whom he made his home; two sons, Arthur, and his wife, Vicki Turkington, of Andover, Thomas Turkington of Ocala, Fla.; three stepchildren, David, and his wife, Laura Combs, of Columbia, Jennifer Tow of Glastonbury, Jo-Ann, and her husband, Mark Connelly, of Hebron; 11 grandchildren, Sherry, David, Brandi, Krystle, Lee, Keith, Alexander, Morgana, Leo, Jeremy, Sienna; six great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. A memorial service will follow immediately at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Hebron Cemetery.