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Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA

OBITUARY

Steven Jeffrey Turner

August 15, 1956August 4, 2019

Steven Jeffrey Turner, 62 August 15th, 1956 - August 4th, 2019 Chatham, MA

Steven Jeffrey Turner, 62, died on August 4th, 2019 at Windsor Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in S. Yarmouth from complications of COPD. Born in Braintree, MA, Steven moved to Chatham in 1957 with his parents. He graduated from Chatham High School in 1974, and after an AFS exchange year to Denmark in 1974-75, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of North Dakota. He had an easy facility with languages (Danish, French, Latin) and delighted in playing with rhymes, puns, jokes and verbal puzzles. He further expressed his creativity through building and design. He earned a living for some years as a commercial shellfisherman. His preferred space was the natural world, and he had incomparable knowledge of the Cape’s seas, shores, woodlands, roads and trails. A unique and independent character, Steven lived to connect with others through letters, visits, gifts and any assistance he could offer. His kindness and generosity to human and animal kin were legendary. Steven carried the burden of his mental illness with determination and humor.

Steven was pre-deceased by his father, C. Robin Turner, and his mother, Marian Anderson. He is survived and beloved by his sisters Suzanne, Gail and partner Chuck, Christine and spouse Cynthia, his nephew Colin, his niece Kayla, his stepmother Christie, his Swiss brother Gerry, his extended family and his many friends on the Cape and around the world. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations in his memory to: NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands, 5 Mark Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601-3792, http://www.namicapecod.org/.

A celebration of Steven’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23rd at the Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham, MA. For online condolences, please visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/chatham-ma/steven-turner-8801297/add-memory.

Services

  • A Celebration of Steven's Life Friday, August 23, 2019

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Marvin Lasky

August 23, 2019

Steven, I only met you briefly, but your beautiful essence came through shining brightly. This is the eternal part of you which will live on forever. It will serve as a source of comfort to the Turner family to know that Steven's spirit will remain with them forever.

Thomas & Mary Turner

August 22, 2019

Steven, we are going to miss your fine character and presence among us - your determination and courage to carry on a rewarding life despite opposing obstacles, your good-natured friendship and constant interest in our lives and your self-effacing humor as you faced down the stings of fortune. May God bless and preserve the memory of Steven J. Turner, first in line in Robin and Marian's fine family.

Chris Hemeon

August 21, 2019

So sad to hear of Steve’s passing. Such a gentle person who would visit me at my repair shop in Harwich. I used to work on some of his power equipment and he was always so nice. From time to time he would stop by my place and make sure the bird bath I had in the side of my parking lot was clean and full of water for the birds that would visit. Fond memories.

PRACHEE Pathak

August 13, 2019

OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO SUZANNE AND THE FAMILY. WE MET STEVE BRIEFLY IN CHATHAM A FEW YEARS AGO AND HE CAME ACROSS AS A QUIET AND AND FRIENDLY PERSON WITH A LOVELY MIEN. MAY HIS SOUL BE IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

Michel Eggs

August 12, 2019

Chatham, summer of 1975

Michel Eggs

August 12, 2019

Souvenir of summer 1975 in Chatham

Michel Eggs

August 12, 2019

Thinking of you Suzanne, Gail and Christine. I will never forget the good moments spent with Steven during the summer of 1975 in Chatham and later when he visited Gerry in Switzerland. I keep fond memories of the friendship shared around a bottle of wine in our wine cellars or when eating a raclette... Michel

Michel Eggs

August 12, 2019

Souvenir of summer of 1975 in Chatham

Susanne Kofoef

August 11, 2019

Susanne Kofoed

August 11, 2019

From your Danish sis and Pirene your Host mum. We have so many Great memories and jokes from you. ❤️🌺

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