William Ian Mackenzie (Bill) TURNER Jr.
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TURNER, William Ian Mackenzie Jr.
1929 - 2015
William (Bill) Turner died peacefully on November 20, 2015. He had battled declining health for several years. Bill had a very distinguished business career. He moved to Montreal in 1954 and worked for Ingersoll- Rand for nine years. After five years as President of Power Corporation, he led Consolidated-Bathurst for two decades before "retiring" to his private office eyrie in Place Ville Marie. He also served on numerous boards of major Canadian and international corporations. Bill was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, the family returned to Toronto, where Bill earned a degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto. At Harvard Business School, he met his first wife, Ann (deceased). He is survived by their four children: Bill (Barbara), Julia (Peter), Jamie (Martha) and Carol (Gerard), eleven grandchildren, his brother Peter, and three nephews. In 1989, Bill married Nancy Gray and became an active stepfather to Lisa (Alan), Susan, and Andy (Larcia), and a caring step-grandfather to their ten children. Bill had many keen interests beyond business. He was exceptionally proud of Bishop's University where he served as Chancellor 1987-1995. He was an active supporter and promoter of the arts, particularly the Stratford Festival and Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank. Bill led a major fundraising campaign in the 1980s for the Royal Victoria Hospital and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1987. He travelled to all corners of the globe, but still liked nothing more than going to cheer on the Canadiens and the Expos. He was a bon vivant, a raconteur, a connoisseur of Montreal's restaurant scene, and a gracious and generous host. Perhaps his greatest legacy was his ability to demand and inspire high standards, particularly in education, and still treat everyone with decency and respect. A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 28 at Christ Church Cathedral, 635 St. Catherine St. W. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Stratford Festival, www.stratfordfestival.ca.

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Published in Monteal Gazette from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2015.
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November 19, 2020
Mr.Turner was a kind, generous and admirable man, he will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. I often think of him and smile, I’m grateful for having known such an wonderful amazing man. Linda
Linda Mazzochi
December 8, 2015
Bill loved the gaiters football team at Biishop's.I sat next to him att a game at McGill when l spilt a beer on him in my excitement when my son Joel a defensive star, scored an 80 yard touchdown--bill said,no problem it's all part of the game--that's my kind of chancellor
Frank Kruzich
December 1, 2015
Thank you for a lifetime of happy memories and joyful experiences. All in my family were the recipients of your kindnesses and support. - Peter Turner Jr.
Peter Turner
November 28, 2015
Thanks, Bill, for the memories on the squash court, at the stadium and the forum, not to mention the office...God speed.
November 27, 2015
A stellar, generous man who give you a chance if he felt you could do the job (regardless of the wage and price freeze of the early 1970s)! He was a man of the people and charmed everyone with his lovely smile.
Mary Guay
November 26, 2015
On behalf of everyone at National Bank Dividend Income Fund Inc. and National Bank Investments Inc., we thank you sincerely for your contribution to the success of National Bank Dividend Income Fund Inc. during your 25 year tenure as a member of the Board, including 11 years as Chairman of the Board. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. A donation has been made in your memory to the Stratford Festival.
November 25, 2015
Mr. Turner was one of the kindest, most gracious and respectful person that I ever had the pleasure of meeting. Thank You Mr. Turner, it was an honor and you will be missed, but never forgotten. Linda
Linda Mazzochi
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