Robert L. Turchin

February 22, 1922February 14, 2013

Robert L. Turchin was born on February 22, 1922 in New York City, NY and passed away on February 14, 2013 in Miami Beach, FL.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 17, 2013

Robert L. Turchin

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Maureen Feran Freedland

September 3, 2013

I am sorry for the loss of your father, all my dear cousins. Those times we spent together in New Orleans as kids -- though not often enough and decidedly long ago -- were special, and not forgotten. It was always a hoot when the Athey kids came to town to visit their grandmother Mena, and Nettie and Rosina and Leah and everyone else in the big family. Roots like that run deep, and stay a part. Robert and Lillian were kind, giving people, and I know you'll miss him. Love to Lillian and all of you.

Barbara (Freedman) Snetiker

March 6, 2013

I was shocked to hear of bob's passing. My dad, Barnett D. Freedman, was vice president of Robert L. Turchin, Inc., and reading all the names of the buildings built by Turchin Construction Company brought back all kinds of childhood memories, visiting my dad at the various sites, and so on. My favorite thing was having people tell me that Baptist Hospital used to be an old Spanish-style hotel or mansion before it became a hospital, and I had to proudly set them straight! Again, I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing, and thank you for so many wonderful memories!

February 28, 2013

Dear Lillian and family,
I send my deepest regrets I just found out about loosing your Father and Husband. We were so grateful to have known him and his generosity to our Humane Society. Dee Dundon-Boone, N.C.

Colby Watson

February 27, 2013

Over the mountains, of the moon, down the valley of the shadows, ride boldly, having left a legacy of goodness unparrelled.

February 24, 2013

I just picked up the Watauga Democrat and learned of Mr. Turchin's passing. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity get to know Mr. & Mrs. Turchin. He was so humble and I loved his humor! From Mrs. Turchin I learned to show more appreciation; she was so generous with her 'thank you's'.
May the family find peace through their many memories of their loving Patriach.
Ellie (Shartrand) Brewer (I've married!!)

Karen Vaccaro

February 20, 2013

I am so very sorry to read that Mr. Turchin has passed and so sorry that I let too much time go by between visits. He was such a wonderful gentleman. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Turchin and their family. I have many wonderful memories of conversations when he would stop by for tennis balls or to pick out something for his wife or family. Oh, how he loved Mrs. Turchin and he wasn't the least bit shy to admit it. I loved hearing their love story, about trips or cruises they were planning, about their love of Miami Beach and its history, or North Carolina, their home away from home. He enjoyed his life and he adored his family. It was such a joy to witness!

Mr. Turchin loved tennis. Even when his arm wouldn't cooperate, he persevered. He loved baseball. He seemed to really enjoy living. He was kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and considerate. He always had a kind word and a smile. Am I allowed to say he was my favorite customer at the tennis shop? And I had so many wonderful customers, but there was something so special about him. He proved that good guys can finish first!

Reading about his life, I am made aware of how very modest he was and how little I knew about him. He was an excellent example of accomplishing hard tasks while being soft spoken. Listening to him speak, it was always about his family, his city, his country. It wasn't about him. Reading the long list of his lifetime's accomplishments and contributions to so many people in so many places, I beg for the opportunity to thank him for everything he did.

He lived a good life. He was a great man.

My deepest sympathy to his dear wife and family,

Fred and Priscilla Robinette

February 20, 2013

Priscilla and I were saddened to hear about Bob's passing. What a truly wonderfully full and active life he enjoyed in his beloved Florida and in our North Carolina mountains. Appalachian State University became a better University because of Bob and Lillian's service and support. We were honored to call you friends and want all your family to know that Bob has left an indelible mark on Appalahian for decades to come. From athletics to the arts to business to students, faculty, and staff, Bob epitomized what a dedicated VOLUNTEER can making a difference! We thank you Lillian and all your wonderful family for sharing him with us. We need more Bob Turchins in our world.

Fred and Priscilla Robinette
Bermuda Run, North Carolina

February 19, 2013

Steve and I were so sad to learn of Bob's passing. He always had a kind word for everyone and was so congenial. We enjoyed his humor and it was a privilege to know Bob.
Sue and Steve Chase

Andrea Fargason Marks

February 19, 2013

My sincere condolences to the Turchin grandfather worked with Mr. Turchin for years, building some of the finest hotels on Miami Beach. Rest in peace Mr. Turchin.......

John and Amy Wilkens

February 19, 2013

John and I would like to give our condolences for such a great loss. May his memory live in your hearts and his spirit shine down on you like the stars in the sky. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
John and Amy Wilkens