John Melville Turner

September 24, 1922January 20, 2013

TURNER, John Melville (Veteran WWII – Pilot Officer) Passed away peacefully with his family at his side in his residence on Sunday, January 20, 2013, in his 91st year. Beloved husband and best friend of June (nee-Gadd). Devoted father of David, Jim (Debbie), Rob (Mary-Lou), Heather Dyer (Bruce), Tim (Wendy) and Ian (Laura). Sadly missed by his 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Loving brother to Dr. Arthur Turner (Margaret-Jane). Predeceased by his parents Melville and Ola Turner, his sister Dorothy Holman. John was born in Peterborough on September 24, 1922. He attended Peterborough area schools including Lakefield College School and joined the R.C.A.F. in 1942. He returned to Peterborough in 1945 and joined W.R. Turner Ltd. John was elected to Peterborough City Council in 1968. During this term, he was a member of the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Peterborough and Chairperson of the Peterborough County-City Health Unit. He was elected to the Ontario Legislature as MPP in October 1971. He was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1977, 1981 and 1985. He was appointed Speaker of the Ontario Legislature from 1981-1985. John was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, member of the Peterborough Rotary Club, former Worshipful Master of Wm. James Dunlop Masonic Lodge, lifelong member of Peterborough YMCA and former president of United Service Institute. In February 2012 John was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at ST. PAUL’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (120 Murray Street) at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or the Foundation for Fighting Blindness would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to COMSTOCK FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE. Online condolences may be made at


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January 31, 2013

Dear Laura, Ian and family, - your Mom and extended family. So, sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Turner. For sure, nothing can prepare you for the loss of a Dad. It is a very difficult time for you all and my heart goes out to you wishing you sincere sympathy. All the best and take care.
Donna Friedrich (Herbison)

Albert Arnott

January 29, 2013

To the Turner Family:

Sorry I am sorry your lost. I remeber the tour John arranged at Queens Park when he was Speaker

General Richard Rohmer

January 25, 2013

Some six years ago I was asked by Premier McGuinty to try to resolve the eight year confrontational problems in Peterborough over the matter of creating a Veterans Honour Wall in the park across from the City Hall .The Honourable John Turner was involved in all aspects of many of the meetings in the City that took place and in the end result had a strong influential hand in a settlement being arrived at . Without his steady hand and intelligence being involved the glorious new Veterans Memorial would never have been built . It would be apprpriate if Jeff Leal MPP a great supporter of the Wall might have a plaque made commemorating Speaker Turner's participation and have it placed on the Grand Stone that bears the Turner name as an RCAF Veteran.
Major-General Richard Rohmer OC,CMM,DFC,O.Ont,KStJ,CD,QC

Steve Peters

January 25, 2013

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Speaker Turner. May fond memories always be a source of comfort. I am glad I got to know John and welcome him back to the Speakers Apartment at Queen's Park. Steve Peters, Speaker, 2007-2011.

Rena Darling

January 25, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you and your family June.

Don Cousens

January 24, 2013

June, I have wonderful memories with you and John when he was speaker and I was one of his Deputies. Our visit to the Speaker in Westminister and our stay at Browns hotel inLondon was a highlight. We worked so well together and John was always the gentleman. I have only good memories of you and John. Aline joins me in sympathy for you and all your family
Don Cousens former MPP

January 23, 2013

Dear Jim, Deb, Amy, Julie & All of the Turner Family
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Di, Neil & Family xx

Laird Saunderson

January 23, 2013

Dear Tim: This difficult time always comes with certainty but one is never really ready to accept the finality of a Father's passing. My deepest sympathies to you, your Mother and all the family circle. Your Dad was a true gentleman and an honourable man who was a pleasure to know at Queen's Park during the good old days. Laird Saunderson

Heather Kenny

January 23, 2013

I will ever remember John for his sincerity and dignity, in my mind, he exemplified gentleman and statesman. June and family, please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss, I am sure that your memories are broad and deep and they will sustain you. Please also accept my apologies as I will be unable to attend on Saturday, however my thoughts are with you.

Bob Feaver

January 23, 2013

Sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great man who had time to listen to everyone and make everyone feel important.