OBITUARY

Raymond John TURNER

June 29, 1956June 14, 2020

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of Raymond John Turner on June 14, 2020, two weeks shy of his 64th birthday. Ray was born in Vancouver on June 29,1956 to Alice and Glenn Turner, and was welcomed by big brother and lifelong best friend, Ron Turner.

Ray was a big man with a big heart and soul to match. He loved family, football and cars, and gave the best and warmest hugs in the world. He was predeceased by his loving parents, Alice and Glenn, and we know that when they meet again, they will be waiting for him with open arms and a big plate of Mom’s chocolate chip cookies. Ray is survived by his loving, tight knit family, brother Ron, sister-in-law, Dianne, nieces Ashleigh (Justin), and Alannah, and grand-nephew, Jack, as well as cherished Aunts, Uncle, Cousins and football buddies.

Ray graduated from John Oliver High School where he played Varsity Football and Basketball for the Jokers. After graduation he joined his father Glenn, working with CT&S/Telus, making many friends during his 36 years with the company.

Ray had two passions in life: football and car racing. As a football player, he was part of two Provincial Championship Meraloma’s teams in 1976 and 1978. He also spent many years coaching the John Oliver Jokers alongside his brother Ron. One of Ray’s proudest achievements was when the Jokers won the Provincial Championship in 1992. He was especially proud of the hundreds of boys he mentored and coached, watching them grow and develop into wonderful young men throughout the years. Ray was a huge fan of all forms of car racing and loved attending the Vancouver Molson Indy races. Among his most prized possessions were his three amazing cars; his Mustang, his Cadillac CTS-V and his ultimate pride and joy - the Calloway Corvette.

Above all else, Ray was someone who loved his family, and would do anything to help those he loved. He had a very special, loving, bond with his parents, Glenn and Alice. As his father got older and lost mobility, Ray would spend many hours sitting with his Dad keeping him company. Ray truly loved being an uncle, and was like a second father to his two nieces, Ashleigh and Alannah. They were blessed to have their Uncle Ray at every Christmas morning for their whole lives. He was so proud of their education, careers, personal accomplishments, and how they grew up to be such kind, giving and caring people. Uncle Ray introduced them to good music, hot wings, and his endless knowledge of useless pop culture trivia. He picked them up when their cars got towed, he made them laugh when they were sad, and he hugged them with his famous hug until their backs cracked. There are no words that can fully convey how much Uncle Ray meant to them and how much they will miss him. Ray was also particularly fond of his great-nephew Jack, and the two shared a love of sports, games, cars, and racetracks. Ray was like a big kid when he was with Jack, and Jack absolutely adored his Uncle Ray.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life for Ray will be held at a later date so that all who loved him will be able to gather together and honour his memory. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Ray’s name, to a charity of your choice.

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Frank Hallam

July 2, 2020

I send my heartfelt condolences to Ron and the whole Turner family. Ray was older than me, so we only played football together for a year or two. Later, Ray was always around helping Ron coach us at J.O. I haven't seen either of them for years, but my own brother and I have a lot of great football memories with the Turner boys. When I was just new in high school playing football, Ray seemed like this larger than life guy who could punt the football into heaven. I'm sure he's there chasing those footballs now.

R.I.P. Ray

Walter RAYMOND Becker

June 27, 2020

My deepest condolences to Ron Turner and his family on the passing of Ray. He was a few years younger, but I remember seeing him play for both Jayo as well as the Lomas, and I coached several games against him. Whenever and wherever you would see Ron, you would usually see Ray not too far away. A very tight bond between the two of them.
Another football brother taken far too soon.
May he rest in peace.

Katy Alkins-Jang

June 27, 2020

James and I send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Turner family. Ray was a great guy with a big heart. He dated one of my sisters and although they parted ways, any time we ran into each other at TELUS 768 Seymour he always had a hug and time to chat. I’m sure the entire family is going to miss him.
James & Katy Jang

Jeff Lochbaum

June 27, 2020

My condolences to the Turner family. The world has lost a real character. Had the privilege to coach Football with both Ron and Ray at Richmond High and enjoyed our years together. We liked to have the odd adult beverage after practices and games and if you were particularly thirsty you always hopped into the passenger seat of Ray’s rocket. Impossible to get to the pub any quicker. A great sense of humour and passionate in his approach to the game and the athletes he worked with.

Ian Gallagher

June 26, 2020

Ray had the biggest heart, he will be missed by all his fellow team mates over the years. My condolences to the family.

Laura Tosczak

June 26, 2020

Uncle Ray was the ever present joy at our many family celebrations, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, and birthday barbecues. He will be missed more than words can say. The void he has left will be felt for a long time, but his memory will live on in those who were lucky enough to have known him.

We love you so much Uncle Ron, Auntie Dianne, Ashleigh, Justin, Jack and Alannah.

All our love,
Dan, Laura, Claire and Kate

Alannah Turner

June 26, 2020

My uncle Ray gave the best hugs in the world. He was kind, gentle, and we shared a very special bond. I could call him when I was stuck and I knew he would be there for me no questions asked. We won’t be the same without him and will miss him forever.

Pam De Luca

June 26, 2020

Dear Ron and family,
I am very sorry to hear that your brother Ray has passed away. I remember him on the sidelines with you coaching the boys at JO.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Pam De Luca

Rob Reilly

June 25, 2020

I know that we are all getting on, but Ray passed way too soon. I have many great memories of hanging out with Ray in high school, playing football at John Oliver and then again for the Vancouver Meralomas. Even working together at CTS/Telus thanks to his dad Glenn. Ray always meant well. He was always wanting to do well. Always bringing great energy when he was around. I never started a football game without Ray seeking me out for a handshake just prior to kick off. That sticks with you! I know that he will be missed by his family but, he will be missed by others in his life more than he could ever have imagined. Once a Loma, always a Loma!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY