James Paul Turner Of Novato died suddenly from a heart attack at age 43 on April 22nd, 2008. He was a very special father, husband and friend, and we miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Turner. Jim leaves behind his mother, Mary Turner, six siblings, many nieces and nephews, his wife Laura, and two sons, Roland and Raymond. Jim was born in Huntington Valley, PA and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia. He spent his entire professional life in the actuarial business, most recently working for Kaiser Permanente as Chief Actuary. He loved spending time playing the guitar, singing, and listening to all types of music. News, political programs, and genealogical research were other passions. His fascination for maps and geography resulted in many fabulous vacations with his family. He played on an indoor soccer team. Jim was known for his wit and sense of humor. He attended a men's group regularly and he was very grateful for the love and support he received there, and also from his church family at St. Francis Church. Memorial Service is planned for Monday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. at Novato Presbyterian Church on Wilson Avenue, with a reception immediately following at St. Francis Church at 567 5th Street, Novato, 94945. In lieu of flowers, Laura asks that donations be sent to St. Francis Church in his memory.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Apr. 30, 2008.