Albert Page Turner Jr.
12 February, 1940 – 18 July, 2021
A gentle man, who loved the sea & sky, who gave his all to his family and all who knew him, who followed his God's footsteps his entire life, has left our world on Sunday, July 18, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at home. The Reverend Albert Page Turner Jr has left, but will never really be gone to those of us that love him. In his 80 years, he left a priceless legacy of kindness, grace, humility, and laughter (tons of laughter) in his wake. Like the ocean he loved so much, we will feel his love and friendship lap over us at times, like waves upon the sand, a steady, comforting feeling. He was known by many names: "Bumpy", coined by his baby granddaughter Caitlin when she tried to say Grampy, "Dadeo", "Own", "U.A.T.K.P" (Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal), "Albie", the "Rev" or "Sermonator", "Deut", "DM", "Bagel Boy", "Bones", "favorite Cleric" just to name a few. Did we mention he loved to laugh? Al was born in Beverly, Massachusetts on February 12, 1940, and in 1961, met and married his soulmate of 60 years, Charlotte. They had two wonderful children Cheryl and Russell. The Rev's family is blessed to include daughter Cheryl Rappolt and her husband Christopher, granddaughter Caitlin McNamee, son Russell Turner and his wife Diane, grandson Jared Turner, and granddaughter Jordyn Turner. In Heaven, Al is embraced and reunited with his loving parents, Albert Sr. and Katherine (Kay) Turner, his amazing sister Barbara Emmith and silly brother Gary! He loved his "like-children" Lisa Lanzano and Michael Condel so much and his other "grands" Sara Diley, Neale McNamee, Tommy (Te), and Sean McNamee. Such an incredible list of loving family and friends are left including a brother in law with whom he shared a special bond, Larry "Beetle" Lefavour and sister in law Fran Lefavour. UATKP leaves many nieces and nephews... David Emmith & his wife Maria, Mark Emmith & his wife Karen, Christine Brown and her husband Dan, Diane Maguire and her husband Jeff, Nicole Ayotte and her husband Ken, Frank Tozzoli and his wife Kelly, all of their families, and many, many friends who became family through his church and long career as an engineer and Pastor. In his later years, he loved joining in the R.O.M.E.O (Retired Old Men Eating Out) group with John "Schmedley" Smith and catching up with all his UTC buddies! Al led his life through God. He and Charlotte moved to East Hartford, Connecticut after marriage to begin his career with United Technologies. He worked at Pratt & Whitney & Hamilton Standard for 35 years, as a mechanical engineer and then creating and providing counseling as Ombudsman because he saw the need. After his forced early retirement, Al turned the other cheek and truly made sweet lemonade out of corporate lemons. In his 50's, he enrolled in Andover Newton and earned his Master of Divinity, all while still serving others in a bagel shop between classes. And being the methodical, meticulous person he was, those bagels were sliced perfectly even every time! Al's attention to detail was part of who he was and he gifted that to others. He felt all humans were his "details". He would listen and not judge, hug you without words when necessary, and was always there if you needed him. Animals were his "details" too... throughout his life, he showered his dogs with love: Boots, Dukie, Kimo, Gromit, and Lilo and they all loved him right back. After his graduation from Andover Newton, he was unanimously chosen by the warm congregation of South Congregational Church to become the Senior Pastor, here, where he and Charlotte have worshipped since moving to Connecticut. He served his church family for close to 20 years as Pastor, more as a member of the choir, and overall, 55 years of faithful service. Always the problem solver, Al loved to work his crosswords and word searches. His daughter Cheryl has inherited his love of words and often helped him with the clues! He loved the strategic game of Cribbage, playing with son Russ, wife Charlotte, and his friend Dick. He even taught son-in-law Chris to play and enjoy the game. A wiz at mathematical equations, granddaughter Caitlin often called on her Bumpy to help with her homework. He loved to build things, especially Lego creations. Completing Star Wars sets with grandson Jared brought him great joy! Also very mechanically inclined, Al loved to tinker with cars and such... he took immense pleasure spending his time with granddaughter Jordyn, showing her ways to fix stuff! Golfing was his passion and he loved to get out to the "links" with his pals George Schoen, Louie Skinner, and Mac Selvidge. Fun memories and stories were made on their outings. Hailing from Massachusetts, Al was an avid Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan. He played hockey in his youth and was an amazing skater. He loved telling stories of him and "Big Rog" skating on homemade ice rinks in their hometown of Beverly. Their group had some awesome adventures together as teens, which Al remembered fondly. We know their adventures continue now, reunited in Heaven with Roger, Arthur, and Dean- nicknamed "Sooty". As a Dad, Al, with Charlotte, planned a yearly vacation to Cape Cod. Now, in the 70's, we had a VW Beetle. Always the engineer, he would pack us, all of our stuff, AND our beloved husky Kimo, into that bug like a game of Tetris. I am not sure how we survived! The Cape remains a favorite place in our hearts and memory. Wherever we went as a family, Dad was always on the lookout for ice cream shops and the closest Dunkin Donuts. He loved coffee, donuts, and his ice cream! Many times, he and his buddy Carl "Sheet Rock Head" Trevison would sneak off to the Sundae School on summer evenings at the Cape for a treat. Have you noticed the trend for bestowing nicknames in remembering Al? We want to include special thanks to the caregivers and Hospice nurses who stepped in to bolster Charlotte and help her tend to and comfort Al in his last years: Sue "Lois" Ronan, Justin, Theresa, Dion, Lennox, and numerous other angels here on earth. A celebration of Rev. Al's life will be on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford from 11am to 2:00 pm. Please dress casual, Al loved the beach and being in nature in the warm weather, and we wish for you to come ready for a true summery celebration of him. Due to the ongoing health pandemic, all visitors are asked to please wear a facial covering and adhere to all regulations. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations in his honor to his second home, South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. Cherish your stories and memories of Al and keep them close in your heart. Pay kindnesses forward when you see the opportunities. The way he was, made us the way we are. Smile and enjoy Al's favorite scripture at your leisure: Micah 6.8 / Philippians 4.13 For on-line expressions of sympathy to Rev. Al’s family, please visit www.desopoeh.com.
South Congregational Church
1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford, Connecticut 06118
Sunday, 29 August , 2021
Burial - Private, Services are Private by Invitation Only
Albert Page Turner Jr.
PAM (WEST) BOOTHROYD
29 August 2021
Dear Charlotte and family,
We are sending our deepest sympathy to you all.
You and Al were so very kind to me and my girls,
Barbara and Debbie West when we moved to East
Hartford. I remember how Al took them both under
his wings. It made life much easier. We think of him, and also
you with the fondest of memories.
You will always remain fondly in our hearts,
Pam and John Boothroyd
Rick and Lisa Finkle
25 August 2021
My wife Lisa, and I, wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Turner family. Pastor Al was so very gracious to us at the loss of both my parents, Hugh and Irene Finkle. We will always be grateful for all the help and kindness that was provided by Pastor Al to our family. I know he loved my parents and was able to share many memories of them from his first hand experience. Wonderful memories that they both shared from the Choir and many other South Church events. We will miss you brother Al, may you now receive heavens rewards for your many years of service to the Lord.
Rick and Lisa Finkle
4 August 2021
I always loved to watch Rev. Al performing a baptism. He had a way with the babies. They never cried. His love for the child and the family just radiated from him. I loved Al very much. A beautiful human being in every way. I will miss him.
4 August 2021
Mr. Turner was a very nice man , I had the chance to meet. He loved to smile and laugh. We had good times with Mrs. Turner also. You’ll be missed.
Ellen Ehrhardt Cohn
3 August 2021
Love and hugs to Charlotte, Cheryl, and Russell and all your family.
Al Turner was my lifelong friend. He and Charlotte became our next door neighbors when I was a scrawny, freckle-faced kid of seven or eight. They were a young couple with a baby (Cheryl) in a cool blue convertible! For reasons beyond my comprehension, they took an interest in me. The made me feel special and seen and loved. Mr. T was a gentle, loving man with a great sense of humor. He was a shepherd, long before he became a minister. Children and animals loved him. His neighbors adored him. But Al was a down-to-earth guy, too. He had bad days and tough times, just like the rest of us. But he saw life as a journey and kept to the path of goodness and pushed through. He was “straight man” to Charlotte’s zany ways, and perfected the funny shrug or eye roll. What a great couple! He was kind and thoughtful in a way seldom found, then or now. His legacy is all the lives he has touched, all the people, like me, he has shared his love with. It makes each of us want to be better, do better, love better. I will miss you all the days of my life, Mr. T.
29 July 2021
Dear Charlotte and family it was with sadness we were-informed of Al passing . We have attended a few of his services at your church and he certainly had my attention always. Mr. President, as he was referred to by Sam at Handles farm had many followers ,for many reasons. Always pleasant and always a man of good character. We pray that the moments of sadness will be followed with happy memories. It is widely known that Al had a wonderful giving wife in you! Hoping your hearts will heal and the hope of reuniting will be in your spirits! Love and deep respect at this difficult moment!
26 July 2021
Dear Charlotte and family,
I am so sorry to hear that Rev Al has passed.
This is a huge loss for he was such a kind and caring man who touched so many lives.
I hope the many happy memories you have will bring some peace.
My deepest sympathy,
25 July 2021
Charlotte and family my heart goes out to you. I remember Al from all our time at IMCC, Charlotte. Al was a sweet, kind, thoughtful man with some humor thrown in. I know how much you will miss him, but each day may you have a happy memory come to mind. And day after day as you heal.
It has been a number of years but I always think fondly of you and Al
20 July 2021
Al please Rest In Peace. I will remember looking up at you in the pulpit telling a story or sharing a nice thought. How nice that was. May you all know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. My dads passing is still fresh in my mind so I understand what you are feeling. If there is anything I can do to help out, please let me know. Sherry Savastio
20 July 2021
Won’t forget your fun nights at the Sea Haven: Very sorry Dolly and Ron