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Rev. William D. Turnbull HALFMOON - Rev. William D. Turnbull, 76, of Church Hill Rd. died suddenly Sunday July 7, 2013 at his residence. Born in Albany he was the son of the late William R. and Grace George Turnbull. After completing college at SUNYA he attended St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester and was ordained by Bishop Edward J. Maginn in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on May 20, 1967. Father had a wide variety of ministries and assignments over his forty-six years of priestly service. He served as associate pastor in St. Joseph's, Schenectady, Our Lady help of Christians, Albany, St. Paul's Church in Troy and St. Francis deSales in Troy. Education played a large role in his ministry: he served on the faculties of Cardinal McCloskey High School and Catholic Central High School, as Assistant Superintendent of Schools and as Principal of Catholic High School in Troy. He also served as Chaplain to St. Coleman's Home in Watervliet and to Seton Health in Troy. He was Pastor to five different parish communities: St. Paul the Apostle, Troy, Sacred Heart in Berlin, St. Teresa of Avila in Albany, St. Mary/Nativity in Stuyvesant and St. Peter's in Stillwater. Father retired from administrative duties in 2007 but continued to exercise his priestly ministry in various parishes in the Diocese as well as being a healing presence to grieving families at the Saratoga National Cemetery. He also helped out frequently at St. Mary's Church, Crescent where he was a registered parishioner. Survivors include his sister Louise Turnbull Thiesse, his nephews, Nathan Thiesse (Nid) and Norm Thiesse (Sonya Fox), his nieces, Marilyn Wichhart (Mark), Maureen Hans (Zach) and Monica Thiesse (Rich Evans) as well as 14 great-nephews and great-nieces, a cousin, Peggy Turnbull and a host of beloved friends. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother-in-law Delmar Thiesse. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard at St. Mary's Church, Crescent on Friday July 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. Reception of the Body will take place on Thursday July 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Crescent. Visitation will continue until 7 p.m. Those who wish may make contributions in Father Turnbull's memory to St. Mary's Church, Crescent, 86 Church Hill Rd., Waterford, NY 12188. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory, visit Brendesefuneralhome.com

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Published in The Record on July 10, 2013
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