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James Richard "Jimbo" Turner, II. Jimbo passed away unexpectedly on Thursday September 6th, 2012 at the age of 46. He was born in Denver, CO and graduated from Jefferson High School in Edgewater, CO and attended Denver Automotive and Diesel College. After serving in The United States Navy aboard The USS Constellation he relocated to New Jersey and worked as a diesel mechanic for Flagg Maintenance. Jimbo was multi talented in woodworking skills. He remodeled houses and built his home in Sunbright, TN. He worked as a Corrections officer in Morgan County TN and Arcadia, FL. He was an installer with Unisource Office Furniture of Sarasota and last but not least a beloved member of the staff at Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities in Sarasota. Jimbo never met a stranger and was loved and will be sorely missed by all that knew him. He would never hesitate to help anyone who needed assistance especially if it involved heavy lifting as he was a big strong man and proud of his "pipes" as he called his muscles. He loved to travel, fish, play cards, working out at the gym and singing the "oldies". Jimbo was predeceased by his father, James Richard Turner of Denver, CO. Surviving family includes his mother, Thelma Turner and his brother, William (Vicki) Turner and their daughter all of Papillion, NE, his loving wife Dorothy J. Feldman of Bradenton, FL, her sons Jonathan (Claudia) Feldman of Bradenton, FL and Jeffrey (Mary) and their three children of Bogota, Columbia as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Celebration of Jimbo's Life is planned for Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11 o'clock at Central Christian Church, 926 15th Street West, Bra-denton, Florida 34205. A private burial in the Gulf of Mexico will be at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in "Jimbo's" name to Community Haven, Attn: Business Office, 4405 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, FL 34235. May his beautiful and loving spirit remain with all the lives he touched and may he Rest in Peace.

Published in Bradenton Herald on Sep. 13, 2012.
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September 12, 2013
Thinking of you Dottie a year gone but never forgotten. Love to You and your family Aunt Rethabel Uncle James
September 10, 2013
Dear Dottie,
I remember just a little over a year ago when you and Jim came to visit me in NJ. Jim was always so cheerful and lovable. I'll never forget those big bear hugs.
Rest in Peace, Jim. I love you.
Your friend, Barbara Gin
Barbara Gin
September 10, 2013
Dear Dottie,
Although it's been a year now, it's still hard to understand your great loss. I'll never forget Jimbo's big smile, bear hug and cheerfulness in helping in any way he could...and everything was always done well. I can picture him asking God for more chores to do....
You and your family are always in my prayers. I only wish you all the very best ~ always! You all deserve nothing less.
Love,
Ro
Rosetta Maggelet
December 6, 2012
Jimbo, today is the 3 month anniversary of your death & I have yet to sign your guest book. I can not think of anything to say that I did not say at your service so I will put my written words that I read that day.

We became Jimbo & Dotties neighbors a little over 2 yrs ago. We immediately fell in love with the both of them & it was one of those relationships where you felt like you had known each other forever. Oh how so very lucky & blessed we became. Jimbo was, always so... Jolly Jimbo, we called him. I doubt there were very few days we didn't see & talk with them, even joining them for many special occasions, not just as neighbors but as dear friends. I remember one of the first things he ever said to me was I better not see you lifting anything during your move in, as he flexed his big muscles, & said that's what these are for!

We never know what tomorrow will bring or that any one of us will even be here, at least from this angle, as none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, and when a family member or a loved one dies, life as we knew it no longer exists. And this is certainly the case for Jimbo's wife, Dottie, who sits here today with a broken heart knowing of all the things she could have ever imagined this was never one of them. And the same for Jimbo's Mother, Tipsy, who also sits here as no mother should have to, and for all of us who were fortunate to have Jimbo in our lives & in turn in our hearts, all the way to the youngest one here, little 3 year old Kaia who comes every week-day & stays with me while her parents are at work, who goes to the window around 3:30 each day in anticipation of Jimbo & his bus returning home & waiting to hear the beep beep beep as he backs his bus in at the end of his work day all the while singing “The Wheels On The Bus Go Round & Round”, and still does this.... to this day and asks where is Jimbo & his bus? What do I say to all of you here today, who's highlight of the day is no longer? And especially to her who knows when something dies, and no longer works, all you have to do is get new batteries. If only it could be that simple.

As we all struggle to find new paths without Jimbo, find comfort in knowing he had a wonderful life. In helping Dottie with Jimbo's photos I was absolutely amazed at all their trips together, Italy, Germany, South America & all over the lower 48. I doubt there are many 46 year olds that have a photo album like his. My biggest amazement was the man never ever took a bad photo, every single one shows this big man with a big heart & an even bigger smile that are forever reflected in his pictures.

They say when someone passes they're in a better place. ......Jimbo I truly hope this is the case, however you were in a great place right here on Earth & I believe you are looking down & seeing all the broken hearts you left behind & how much love those hearts held for you and perhaps you are saying “What did I do?” Death is oh so very final. Unfortunately we can not turn back time. The past is the past & no one can change that, not even God. My hope & my wish is that all who knew you & loved you, each one in their own special way, will not let your death mar such a beautiful life & know we are all truly blessed to have known you & will remember all you were.

I would imagine we probably knew Jimbo the least amount of time as most, if not all of you here today. And knowing how much his life & especially his death has deeply effected us, we believe it's uncomprehendable the loss many of you must feel today, may you all find comfort in knowing time will heal what reason can not.

And now I will close with a poem..... author unknown

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away.

May you rest in peace Jimbo
Charlie & Barbara Hill
October 19, 2012
My Dearest Jimbo,
I loved you for eighteen years and I will never stop loving you. We had a wonderful life together - one I will never forget. I pray now that God is holding you in his arms and giving you the peace you so much deserve. You were a good man all the years I knew you. Everyone who really knew you would agree. If only I could hold you in my arms once more but we know, as the tears stream down my face, that is not possible. So, I hold you in my heart forever. May you rest in peace through all eternity. I love you....dammit!
Dottie
September 30, 2012
Dear Dottie and Family,
Chris and I are so sorry to hear about your beloved Jimbo. He has provided us with such wonderful memories and will always be in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Chris and Carolyn Kofler.
September 29, 2012
Dottie Harry and I are deeply saddened by your loss . Harry sits beside You at the Neel
With our Love & Prayers
Harry & Norma See
September 26, 2012
You will be missed and always remembered for your wonderful smile and great big hugs, Jimbo.
Diane Melvin
September 19, 2012
Dottie,
May god guide you on your path of loss. I will pray that you get through this. Jimbo, I know you are looking down on us with your big smile. You were to young to go,I will miss you but you will be in my heart forever. God Bless You.
Leon Ferguson
September 18, 2012
May your smile always be contagious to all that will remember. Thank you for your humor, and special spirit that we all wished we had. May you be with God our Father.
Norma Davis-Ash
September 16, 2012
Jimmy we will always remember you as a happy, smiling, helpful and loving person. We will miss you so very much, but your spirit will live on. Aunt Honey, Uncle Laurance, Kyle and Amy
September 15, 2012
Jimmy's smile will be missed at the family events in Colorado. You touched many lifes while on this earth. May you now walk hand in hand with grandpa and grandma. When we see that bright star in the sky it will now be the three of you.
Love The Field Family, Uncle Georgie, Auntie June, Michelle, Mark and families
September 14, 2012
Tipsy, Bill, Vicki, and Kaitie - you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jess and Jake
September 14, 2012
Jimmy, though you may be gone you will NEVER EVER be forgotten.
Kit Murray
September 13, 2012
Your stature, your laugh, your smile, your HEART...they were all grandiose and so was your impact on the lives you touched. You will forever be missed.

God speed, Jimbo.
Love,
Colleen
Colleen Rosler
September 13, 2012
Jimbo was one of the first people that I met when I went for a tour of community haven. When I met him he was so wonderful and positive I knew this was the right place for my son Jasper. My son didn't even ride the bus but Jimbo touched his life. making him feel accepted with his fist bumps and high fives ! He will be missed by many ! I pray for Him and his family. He was a wonderful, caring soul. god bless
serena and Jasper Thompson
September 13, 2012
Jimmy you have been in my prayers all your life, now you are in my heart. Love you will miss seeing your happy face but will never forget our fun times in Colorado. Aunt Rethabel Uncle James
Rethabel Huff
September 13, 2012
No one will ever be able to fill your spot in class, your laughter will forever be remembered at the "Y" and Kickin It and we know you are now watching over us all.
Michelle McGuire
September 13, 2012
Dear Jimbo, we will miss your cheerful presence at the YMCA.
Tina Eberstein
September 13, 2012
Dear Jimbo, Thank you so much for being an awesome dude. Your presence brought lots of smiles and giggles to kids and staff too. I sure hope you are doing the same in heaven. Bless ye heart. Big hugs & love to big ol Teddy Bear.
MIchele Neubauer
September 13, 2012
Community Haven will never be the same... We miss you Jimbo...
I wrote this a long time ago for a friend.. I think it bears repeating.

"Then"
You will miss him...
for a very long time.....
Forever.

And if you long for just one more....
more time,
more precious moments,
more love.....

Then...
Hold the hand of someone he touched...
You will feel his presence in their warmth.

If you long for his knowledge and wisdom.....
Then...
Speak to those he taught...
You will hear his answer in their voice.

If you long for one more hug...
Then....
Wrap your arms around those he loved....
Their strength will warm your heart.

If you want to see his face one more time....
Then...
Look into the faces of those he loved....
You will see his smile.

If you long for just one more kiss...
Then...
Take a kiss from someone who's life he touch...
He made a difference...
You will feel him there.

It is alright to long for these things....
He was special...
He was strength....
He was brave.....
He was your heart....
He was love.
by: Anny
Good bye Jimbo... Love you xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Anny Barker Schefler
September 13, 2012
Dottie,

I was so very sorry to hear about Jimbo. The circle won't be the same without him. I will always remember how he laughed at our pets playing together.

My prayers and thoughts are with you. If you need anything, I'm just a couple doors down don't forget.
Estelle Pitman
September 13, 2012
It's certainly going to be a different atmosphere for staff and clients, particularly the children at Community Haven.

All of us at Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our gentle giant, James (Jimbo) Turner.

Jimbo had a presence to be reckoned with. His jolly laugh and big burley voice could be heard from the opposite end of the building. He would greet us with a big “hello” or “good morning dear” to the ladies, even though he was on an obvious mission….you could already see the sweat on his forehead and you could hear it in his hurried pace.

Jimbo was a muscular man but known by his co-workers as a gentle giant with a heart of gold and a sensitive side that you would never knew existed by looking at him.

He was immensely depended on by all of us. He drove the bus to transport the preschool children each day and took such pride in this responsibility. It was touching to watch such a big man next to the smallest ones in our Haven family. When he wasn't driving the children he was our furniture mover and heavy lifter. Jimbo was certainly a friend to all of us.

When he talked about the people he loved most, he was unable to maintain his composure. When “his kids” (Haven's preschoolers) graduated, Jimbo was just as tearful as their own parents.

Our Jimbo is going to be dearly missed and forever loved.
Forever in our hearts, Your Community Haven Family
September 13, 2012
Dottie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Donna and Stan Ltoszek
September 13, 2012
We miss you Jimbo. Our hearts are heavy during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dottie and your family.

Love,
Diana, Chris & Kaia Clenney
Diana Clenney
September 13, 2012
Dearest Dottie and Family,
We were fortunate to have met Jimbo a couple times and each time was an adventure. His big bear hugs were epic and will be missed. I remember a specific 4th of July, at my brothers house, where he and my brother were making sure we were all having a great time, enjoying the fireworks by their silly antics!! He was a giant of a man with a giant heart. He will be missed. RIP Jimbo!!
Marty, Paula & Nicole Dreger
September 12, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Love the Sciame's
Joe & Maria & Ashley Sciame
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