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David Russell TURNER
1968 - 2021
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DAVID RUSSELL TURNER May 14, 1968 - January 6, 2021 After a life well lived, but far too short, David passed away at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on January 6, 2021, at the age of 52. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Geills McCrae Turner (née Kilgour), his brothers Michael and Andrew (Leslie), his sister Elizabeth, his children Dylan and Olivia, his nieces, nephews, cousins and legions of friends. He was predeceased by his father, John Napier Turner. Born in Montreal, a tow-haired David spent his early years in Ottawa, skating on the canal and skiing on the hills of Camp Fortune. After moving to Toronto, David attended Upper Canada College from start to finish before moving on to the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, he began a successful work life in the insurance business, first at Marsh Canada, then at Integro, and finally settling in as a VP at Hub International for the remainder of his career. In his youth, David loved skiing, soccer and tennis, but he discovered a passion and a physical outlet later in life when he started playing squash. With squash, he found the perfect way to get a bit of exercise while spending time with his friends. As a long-time member of the Badminton & Racquet Club, David reveled in the camaraderie and competitiveness of the doubles squash crowd. He had a particular soft spot for his regular Friday 4:30 match. David developed a true knack for deep-rooted friendship and unwavering loyalty very early on. Most of his many friends from his school and university days, including his UCC "buds" and his brothers at Sigma Chi, remained steadfast presences throughout the remainder of his life. David made sure that no friend's birthday passed without a cheery early morning phone call to honour the occasion, a trait perhaps inherited from his father. With a keen mind and a sharp wit, David always enjoyed engaging his friends in passionate conversation about life, family, politics and sports (especially the Pittsburgh Steelers!), or simply sharing a few laughs over a beer. One could question whether his love of such conversation was really just a platform from which to exercise his uncanny ability to deliver well-timed one-liners that would bring down the house. David was a connector of people, a gatherer of friends, and an organizer of events that allowed his friends - old, new or to be determined - to meet up and reconnect. He was "famous" for his drop-in Christmas party, an annual event that celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and which so many people from Toronto or returning to the city for the holiday have come to count on to reconnect with friends. David would always get a twinkle in his eye when that time of year rolled around. The two most important things in his life were his wonderful children, Dylan and Olivia. David and Dylan were like two peas in a pod, while Olivia was the apple of David's eye. David slipped into his final sleep with a picture of each of them tucked against his chest. David's family wishes to thank the kind doctors and nurses at Sunnybrook, particularly Dr. Rachel Wortzman and her amazing colleagues in the palliative care unit, for their around the clock care during David's final weeks. We would also like to thank Amy Moore and the merry cast of friends who provided David with company, cheer and basic necessities on a daily basis during the months leading up to his hospitalization; David loved you all dearly. There will be a private ceremony for immediate family. David requested that a rowdy gathering be held to celebrate his life once the Covid restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in David's name to the Canadian Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CNETS.ca). Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com. Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel 416-487-4523

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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24 entries
January 14, 2021
I worked with David at Marsh. He was based in Toronto and me Chicago. We worked in the environmental practice. When ever we had team meeting or a national gathering David was always where everyone was drawn too. I remember fondly his intellect on American politics and his desire to engage in a friendly debate on an array of topics. He was a kind sole. I would call him for advice and he was always willing to talk. My condolences to his children and family. Rest In Peace David.
Mike Levy
Coworker
January 13, 2021
I went to Western with Dave. I met him through Sigma Chi. Dave was the Molson Canadian rep on campus my first year - always made sure I had a beer in my hand and always had a plenty of jokes. We had a fantastic road trip to Kent State. Rest in Peace my friend.
David R Hunt
Friend
January 13, 2021
I remember David when he was growing up in Rockcliffe in Ottawa. He was such a pleasant kid and we enjoyed seeing him at the tennis club. Sincere condolences to the family for this grievous loss.
Brian Marley-Clarke
Acquaintance
January 13, 2021
All my sympathies to David's family. He was a wonderful person and a pleasure to deal with over the years, he will be missed.
Karen Barkley
Acquaintance
January 12, 2021
I truly enjoyed our many conversations in each other’s office which would quickly turn to discussing our children, hockey and politics. Dave had a great wit and was easy to talk to. I smile when I look back on our many conversations at lunch, having a beer or any social occasion. But I am saddened that they won’t happen again. RIP Dave and God bless your children and entire family.
Michael Boire
Coworker
January 12, 2021
My deepest condolences to Dave’s family and friends. My heart is broken to hear this news and I am sending love and strength to his family. I worked with Dave at Hub and he was such an amazing role model. I loved our Monday morning meetings, grinding the deal and presenting to our clients. He always had a smile on his face and he made us all feel welcome anytime we went into his office. Thank you for all that you taught me. I will miss you Dave. Rest In Peace.
Lisa Fortunato
Coworker
January 12, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Turner and Horgan families. Gone too soon. May he Rest In Peace.
Eileen Quinlan
Friend
January 12, 2021
Dear Turner Family
We Blairs will miss Dave. Dave spent a summer in Muskoka at our Lake Joseph cottage and worked with my brother Christopher and friend Todd Schertzer. Dave was such a kind, happy young man. We had so many laughs that summer. That must be 30 years ago. The memories are like it was yesterday. We were so fortunate to have spent so much time at Redwood Cottage with "The Daver". Sending thoughts and prayers to all the Turners. Godspeed Jamie Blair and Family
Jamie Blair
Friend
January 11, 2021
As a young man beginning my career within the insurance industry David was always willing to offer me guidance and advice. His positive attitude and kind words helped me get through some tough times. David was a great man and one that will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in peace old friend.
Kienan Ball
Coworker
January 11, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Turner family.
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."
Mimma Latronico
Coworker
January 11, 2021
So sorry to hear about David's passing. I haven't been in touch with him for years, but I can tell you that i have so many fond memories of extreme laughing fits with David back in the Onondaga summers. He will be greatly missed.
Brett Smith
Friend
January 11, 2021
It's rare to meet someone who is a complete package. Turner was such a someone. Humble, sincere, handsome, witty, charming, smart ... so many great adjectives which fall short of describing him completely. I had the good fortune of doing my Executive MBA at UofT's Rotman School of Business with Turner in my class. It makes me smile every time I remember the smile and the fluttering eyelashes that would signal a clever thought or comment. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family, and especially his children whom he loved so deeply and talked about often.
Ann Stafford
Classmate
January 11, 2021
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Dave. I saw him a year ago up at the Heights of Horseshoe and as always he greeted me and my family with his warm smile. Dave was a very kind and friendly person and I know he will be greatly missed by all of those close to him. My condolences for your loss.
Michael Barrons
January 10, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Turner family and friends. While I had not really seen David in many many years, our circles overlapped, dating from high school and the B&R. I feel as if David was one of the bright lights of his cohort, and I know he will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Ruth Bastedo
Acquaintance
January 10, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Turner family and friends. While I had not really seen David in many many years, our circles overlapped, dating from high school and the B&R. I feel as if David was one of the bright lights of his cohort, and I know he will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Ruth Bastedo
Acquaintance
January 10, 2021
Sorry for your loss. This is a loss that will be felt by many. Thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time. RIP David.
Jean Mullin
Acquaintance
January 9, 2021
Sending condolences to the Turner and Horgan family.We are so sorry for your loss and praying for all of you during this difficult time.
Fiona Costello
Friend
January 9, 2021
I was so heartbroken to hear the news. Dave always had time for everyone and was so conscientious, kind, warm and fun. When I volunteered with Dave at the B and R, he always made such time for everyone and was so thoughtful in whatever he did. I am so sad I never got to say goodbye. He is simply wonderful and will be so missed. Liz Smart
Liz Smart
Friend
January 9, 2021
Absolutely heartbroken to learn the news. A gem of a man and I was lucky to know him. We weren't always in touch - but it was always great when we were.
"oh and to lose. A thing of fools this, and a holy thing...a holy thing"
My condolences to his family and friends.
Scott Haggith
Friend
January 9, 2021
Absolutely heartbroken to learn the news. A gem of a man and I was lucky to know him.
“And oh to lose. A thing of fools this, and a holy thing....a holy thing”
My condolences to his family and friends.
Scott Haggith
Friend
January 9, 2021
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January 9, 2021
Sending condolences to David's family and loved ones. I'll always remember his smile, kindness and conversations we had @ UWO. RIP Brother
Mike Jackson
Friend
January 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to Tante Jill, Liz, Andrew and Michael. I cannot fathom how difficult this loss will be felt. I remember Dave as a boisterous, bigger than life boy. I am so sad to hear of his unfair and untimely passing. Heartfelt prayers to his wife and children and count me in for the proper rousing send off he so richly deserves. Much love, Henrietta
Friend
January 9, 2021
Sending deepest condolences to Mrs. Turner and her family, most especially Dylan and Olivia. My heart broke when I heard the news. Dave was my classmate at Rotman for our MBA. He never failed to make us all laugh with his quips and anecdotes. He was always quick to compliment and I will always remember his kind words.
With deepest respect,
Joyce Rankin
Joyce Rankin
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