TURNER, William John McCrae
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It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of William John McCrae (Tiger) Turner at the age of 92 in Los Angeles, California.
What a Life! Several, in fact. Born July 23rd, 1920 to Dr. and Mrs. W.G. Turner, John grew up among highly accomplished relatives (Surgeons, war heroes, etc.) only to meet his own generation's challenge; the defeat of Nazi Germany. With four years of Royal Military College behind him John went to sea as an officer in the RCNVR (the Wavy Navy). As the Anti-submarine officer on board several of His Majesty's Canadian Ships he was at the sharp end during the six year long Battle of the Atlantic, finishing as commanding officer, HMCS ORANGEVILLE, with one probable "kill" to his credit. Post-war reserve duty as Executive Officer, HMCS York was completed in 1956. During all this dashing life John managed to acquire his M.Eng. (Mech) at Cornell University, hold positions with Massey Harris (later Fergusson) and Canadian Standards Association and to start a family of three and eventually six children. In all, a worthy transition to his credit from war service to peaceful endeavours. This did nothing to contain his restless spirit, though, and so he headed out to the much larger country to the south of us. There he pursued numerous prospects. After a succession of positions in the manufacturing sector of the mid-west United States, we find him near the end of his career as a consultant to the city of Torrance, Ca. Where he is survived by his loving wife Alice Reynolds Turner. The rest of his lineage resides in mostly Quebec and New Brunswick: ex-wife Dorothy Strong and 5 children Robin, Christopher, Ian, Geoffrey, and Stephanie plus the 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren mourn his passing. He was father to Scottish born the late William York. John was truly a son of Montreal and a child of the 20th Century.
Published in The Gazette on Oct. 6, 2012