Michael Anthony TURNER

August 19, 1957November 13, 2020

It is with profound sadness that the family of Michael Anthony Turner announce his passing. Michael, loving Husband and Father, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 13, 2020 Michael was born August 19, 1957 in Buckland, MA. He attended Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, and graduated from Mohawk Trail Regional High School. His love for the culinary arts started as a teen, and he worked at both Howard Johnsons and The Sweet Heart Tea House. That passion led him to The School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism at Schenectady, where he pursued a career as a chef. Michael moved to Florida after college, to work and enjoy the sunshine. After working at and managing different restaurants, he took a job with T.G.I Fridays. His talent and work ethic quickly pushed him from waiter, to In- Store Trainer to Master Bartender. When the opportunity came to both work at and open more Fridays across the country, he took it! The cross-country opportunity eventually led him to open the first Fridays in Connecticut. This gave him an opportunity to be closer once again to family and friends in Massachusetts. Nine months later, a young girl, who wanted a part time job while attending college, applied for a waitressing position. Within a few days of meeting the handsome bartender she told her friend, “I’m going to marry him someday!” And that’s how the love story of Michael and Deborah began! Michael put together golf tournaments and Christmas Parties for many years, raising money for local charities and year after year donating to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. After many years in the restaurant/culinary world, he went back to school, and entered the computer industry as an Instructor. He earned many certifications from Microsoft, working at Connecticut Computer Services in Plantsville CT. and New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Orlando. He loved to teach! Whether in the restaurant, from behind a computer or on the baseball field as the coach of Kolby and his team, he made sure everyone felt supported and that they had a teacher for life. Above all, Michael’s love for Deborah, Michayla and Kolby was like no other. Everything he set out to do and accomplish was for his family. Twenty-two years ago, he planned and executed brilliantly the surprise honeymoon of a life-time. At the wedding reception, he sent his new bride on a small scavenger hunt to reveal the surprise destination. He planned their two weeks in Paris, even learning a little French to make it more special! As they planned their family, they were blessed with two amazing children, Michayla and Kolby. He loved them both beyond unconditionally. He was a protector and advocate to his little girl, and a coach and hero to his son. But most importantly he was their loving Dad. Michael was a Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Brother-in-law, Son-in-law, Uncle, Teacher, Coach, Friend, die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan, but most of all, a kind, loving, unselfish human being who will be greatly missed by many. Michael will be forever remembered by his loving wife and best friend Deborah, and their precious children Michayla Ann and Kolby Anthony. He also leaves behind, his mother Irene Raymond Turner, his brothers Terry (Lyn), Rusty (Brenda), Scott (Katie), and his sister Cathy Powell. His mother-in-law Barbara Luke, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Cary & Diana Gray, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends. He is preceded by his father Frank Turner. Celebrations of Michael’s life in both Connecticut and Florida will be announced at a later date. Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Michael to his children through Venmo, “@Deborah-Turner-1998”, which was kindly set up by his New Horizons Work Family.


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Michael Anthony TURNER

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Caryn Furbush

November 26, 2020

So sorry to hear the news of Michael’s passing. I remember you and Michael and your beautiful children at Jen and Mike Hunters Memorial Day Parties. Watching your children growing up year after year was such a pleasure. You and Michael always kept the family close and the love for each other always shined bright. God Bless you and your family. Ray and Caryn Furbush, Jen and Mikes Aunt and Uncle

Cheryl Plourde

November 26, 2020

Sending love and prayers to you Deborah, Michayla, Kolby and your entire family. I am so thankful to have known Michael. I worked beside Mike and Deb for many years. They will always be a match made in heaven. God Bless.

Cathy Powell

November 25, 2020

Thoughts and prayers with you Deborah, Michayla, and Kolby. Thank you for loving and taking care of my big brother you were his world. He will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts.

Mike and Erin Wood

November 25, 2020

To the Turner family, We were so saddened by the news of Mike’s passing. He will always be remembered smiling, laughing and coaching up at West. He was Owen’s favorite baseball coach! He will be missed. Sending love to the whole family.

Norma Vontell

November 24, 2020

Miss Debbie, so saden by your loss, may you and the kids get though this trying times. Please let God be your guide and strength. My prayers are with you all. Tell Miss Minnie I love and miss her. Stay safe. Love Norma and Dick

Patti Laber

November 24, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Fred & Patti

Michael Martin

November 24, 2020

Deb, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love Mike & Guy💔

Diane Giglio

November 24, 2020

I am so so sorry. This is awful. I will say a special rosary for your kids and you. This just happened to my sister a couple of months ago. I am sending many hugs and love.
Diane Giglio


November 24, 2020


I am deeply saddened & devastated for your loss.

Michael was a great friend & fellow basketball player at the Southington YMCA for years until his move to Florida. He & Debra would come to our Christmas martini parties every year. His smile & kind heart will be sorely missed. His devotion to you & his kids was unsurpassed.

Jeanne Chomko

November 22, 2020

I will always remember Michael's smile and his kind and loving nature. He was a happy man who truly enjoyed life......all the way back to TGIFs!
He loved people, adored his wife and was the best father to his children.
He was a man's man. He gave me hope that there were still decent men in the world.
A surprise honeymoon!! He wanted to make you happy. He loved Paris, cognac, gambling and sharing his stories. He and Debbie were truly partners and a great team. Michael, you are in heaven with Stellie and my brother, so I know you are happy as they loved you so. I am happy to have crossed paths with you.


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