In Memoriam : R. Bill Turner

R. Bill Turner R. Bill Turner - age: 72
(July 28, 1941 to April 15, 2014 )
Resident of Hollis, Maine

Visitation Information:
A Funeral service will be held at Tory Hill Meetinghouse (First Congregational Church of Buxton) on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm with interment at the South Buxton Cemetery. Reception to follow at Quillcote.

Hollis – Ralph William “Bill” Turner, Jr.
HOLLIS- R. William “Bill” Turner, husband of Carla Baade Turner, passed away at home on April 15, 2014, surrounded by his family and dog, Penny. He was born in Portland, Maine on July 28, 1941, the son of Frances (Eckhardt) and Ralph William Turner. Most of his early years were spent in Exeter, NH where his parents operated the Emerson School for Boys. Bill graduated from Governor Dummer Academy in South Byfield, MA, was a 1964 graduate of Bates College with a BA in History, and completed graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire in the Education and Educational Management program.
Bill went on to work in education for a decade, primarily as a history, social studies and math teacher in Maine and NH, where he also served as an Athletic Director and Coach of many wrestling, track, and cross country teams. After a 4-year stint as a Real Estate Broker in Hollis, he worked several years for York County Extension Services and the US Department of Agriculture. In 1976 he went on to work for the United States Postal Service where he remained until his retirement in 2001. During his tenure with the USPS he served on the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Advisory Committees, and served as Acting Post Master for a couple years. His 25-year career with the USPS was a sidebar to a real life well-lived.
For many years Bill was Chairman of the MSAD #6 School Board where he chaired numerous committees. He has been described as a natural leader and extremely perceptive, maintaining a balance of idealism and realism. Always personable and tactful, and “a man of great integrity,” Bill had an unusual commitment to social service. He was open-minded and a risk-taker, yet remained a man of principles. Bill’s civic engagement was deeply seeded. He also served on the Hollis Planning Board, the Saco River Corridor Commission and the Hollis Land Use Steering Committee.
Bill was a lover of family, and was extremely proud of his sons-Tom’s accomplishments at the US Naval Academy and as a career Marine; and Chad’s long and successful career at the Milton Caterpillar Dealership. He shared many awesome memories with them hunting, fishing, camping, and of course, cutting wood…lots of wood!
He traveled extensively over North America, Canada to Mexico and everywhere in between, spending as much time as he could with Carla, his wife of nearly 30 years, sharing a bucket list of memorable adventures. These adventures took them to many magical places: dog sledding in Quebec; traveling Lewis & Clark’s route; panning for gold in Alaska; sailing from Annapolis to Camden on an America’s Cup yacht; hiking above the Arctic Circle; dancing on a glacier in Labrador; visiting many historical landmarks; and much, much more! Spending summer vacations at their Cape Breton cabin, fishing and boating on quiet waterways also brought him much joy.
Mr. Bill had a memory for detail and was a great storyteller. Whether the stories centered on his colorful life, his Canadian heritage, or his quirky family antics, he usually peppered the narratives with his characteristic dry sense of humor, which always brought laughter to the room. Bill was also a history buff, especially intrigued by the local history of Salmon Falls, the Civil War and WWII. He was an avid reader and owned an exhaustive history book collection. The preservation and conservation of his family’s National Historic Registered home, Quillcote, was very important to him. He also loved tending his beloved woodlot and his extraordinary weed-less vegetable gardens.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carla Baade Turner, son Thomas and his wife, Christine, and son Chad, all of Hollis, his step-daughter, Candie, and her husband, Gary Mayhew of Waterboro. He leaves his sister, Virginia and her husband John E. Friberg of Hopkinton, NH, and his talented and adored grandchildren, Sean, Jennifer, John (and wife, Sarah), Lauren, Jacob, Connor and Cameron. He is also survived by the mother of his sons, Evelyn Horton, many nieces and nephews, life-long friends Denny Emerson, Ray and Linda Parkin, Mark Acerra, many other dear friends, his dog, Penny, and his beloved roosters.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his half-brother, James D. Turner.
Bill’s wife Carla would like to extend thanks for the support and hospice care provided by her daughter-in-law, Christine, and support from friends and relatives during the last days of Bill’s life.
Bill’s family would like to personally thank Dr. Kurt Ebrahim and his staff for eight years of superior care and support.
A Funeral service will be held at Tory Hill Meetinghouse (First Congregational Church of Buxton) on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm with interment at the South Buxton Cemetery. Reception to follow at Quillcote.
Arrangements are with Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home – Buxton
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society, PO BOX 34, Buxton, Maine 04093.

Pamela Pease - April 16, 2014Contact this person Contact this person
To Carla and Bill's Family, Paul and I are so sadden to learn of Bill's passing. We just feel fortunate to have been able to enjoy some likely conversation and friendship over Christmas 2013, when we were in town. His sardonic sense of humor and presence in the Salmon Falls Community will be greatly missed!! We of course wish we could join you in the ceremony next week. However, our thoughts and love are with all of you, Pam Pease & Paul Donovan


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