William David Turner

7 August , 195030 January , 2019

In Loving Memory of William “Bill” David Turner who passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by love on January 30, 2019. Bill was a gentle man of integrity, kindness and humility. He wore many hats over the years including teacher, artist, woodworker, builder, farmer, tool man, handyman, husband, father, grandfather, friend and fighter. He went toe-to-toe with multiple rounds of cancer spanning 25 years. For this, he achieved the status of local legend and brought hope and inspiration to many others who were also battling. His lasting legacy however, is one of love. In a world he thought was going a little crazy, his cure was always to slow it down, and keep it simple. He will be deeply missed by so many. Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary; sons Beau (Tammie); Travis (Stephanie); daughter Meredith; grandchildren Ryder, Walter, Henry, Gracie and Clay. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday February 9, 2019 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Coldstream. Reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers Bill’s wishes were that donations would be made to BC Guide Dogs Services Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155


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William David Turner

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Shelley Baumbrough

10 February 2019

Hello Mary and family
Much love and hugs from both David and I on the loss of Bill. We were sorry to not have been able to make the funeral or visit as we are both suffering from the latest 'flu bug.
When we learned of Bill's passing, David and I began reminiscing about how we first met you and Bill the spring we came home to help Dad plant apple trees and then come down to your old place to plant peach trees. We had so much fun. Over the years Bill's every encounter with us involved at least one hug and a story containing humour and often an ironic twist. Never once was he ever unkind about anyone and always honest. Once when I was a TOC at the old VSS, Bill took me down to the science wing at morning break for a coffee and treats. Bill could put away doughnuts with relish and had brought enough for a small army. He managed to have a joke and a laugh with everyone there. Bill was an inspiration to me when I became ill and gave me some good advice on how to get well and stay well. I am so glad we had the pleasure of knowing him. Take care.

Janis Sheehan

9 February 2019

Bill and I were colleagues at Vernon Secondary School. I was new to the school and found Bill to be such a helpful and caring man. He had some wonderful stories to tell especially about his basset hound(wish I could remember his name). One day he had quite a feast on a whole flat of Costco muffins! My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Joan O'Leary

9 February 2019

Sincere condolences from the O'Leary family. Bill's kindness and generosity will be ever remembered.

Chuck and Jean Blumenauer

8 February 2019

Bill was a consummate teacher as he was caring, understanding, kind and worked hard to make his students succeed. Our son Richard was fortunate to have Bill as a teacher for 4 years at VSS. He looked forward to his classes with Bill as he made learning fun, interesting and challenging.

We are sorry for the loss of your good husband, father and grandfather.


Chuck, Jean, Pamela and Richard Blumenauer

Roger Scales

8 February 2019

Mary very sorry to hear about bill.....our thoughts are with you at this time...all the best to you and the family....have many great memories of you,bill and your family from our Fulton days from us both....Lynn & roger scales

Eloise Mckay

7 February 2019

I am truly sorry for your loss. I travel Old Kamloops Rd daily and I thought of Bill often as I knew the family lived somewhere along the way. This last month I wondered how he was since I lost touch after working for Dr Chan... and was saddened to see he had passed. I will always remember his kind soul and personality and his kind words about his family... May he be at peace after his long courageous battle...Thoughts and prayers to the family..Sincerely Eloise from Dr Chan’s office

Ann Rahkola (Palfrey)

7 February 2019

I want to send my condolences to Bill's family...a caring and very special person. Bill and I were school friends from elementary and on...we often walked up the hill together from the bus. Many years later at our 20 year high school reunion, we had a great time reminiscing and I was impressed with his positive attitude on life and its challenges. I had recently lost my father, whom he remembered, and he passed some of his strength on. May you carry peace and memories in your hearts .

Adam Piche

6 February 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Such an amazing man that had a positive influence on me as a young person. Mr Turner will be missed.

Adam Piche and Chiara

linda varze

6 February 2019

Thinking of you and the family as you walk this path of grieving.
Wishing you the love, laughter and memories that are so precious.
Linda Varze

Neil Thomson

6 February 2019

When I got word from Duncan that Bill had passed; the first thing that came to mind was his easy smile.

When I was 13, Bill hired me to help him with a job – I remember a cement mixer. At the time $2.00 / hour was the going rate for unskilled labour, Bill paid me $5.00. I said “Bill, you don’t have to pay me that much”, Bill said, “if you’re not worth $5.00 / hour, you’re not worth having”.

When I moved back to Vernon for a short time with my family, I bumped into Bill downtown, he invited us over for dinner; he was in the middle of building his new house. I thought it was generous of him & Mary to have us by at such a busy time.

Bill frequently attended our home as Duncan’s friend, his quiet - easy way comes to mind. It is wonderful to see how his family developed and their presence his life is a testament to his good nature I believe. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the people surviving him. Rest in peace Bill.