Michael Harold Turkanis

June 7, 1947January 17, 2021

Michael Harold Turkanis

Miami Beach, Florida

6/7/1947 - 1/17/2021

Michael entered into rest on January 17, 2021. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Turkanis of Swampscott, MA, wife Harriet (Seidenberg) Turkanis of Cape Elizabeth, ME, and loving siblings Joan Stone, Barry Turkanis, and Richard Turkanis. Father of Dara, Lauren and her husband Alexander Shkolnik of Wilmington MA, Whitney, and Andrew and his wife Molly Turkanis of Pembroke Pines, FL. Cherished grandfather of Sophia, David, Eli and Jacob forever. Michael was a third generation leather tanner in a family with more than 100 years in the industry. Michael will be forever missed by all that knew him.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside committal service at Temple Beth El Memorial Park, 1 Johnson Rd, on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM.


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, January 21, 2021


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Peter Coco

February 1, 2021

Clare and I were saddened to learn of Michael's passing.

Michael was my friend and a business colleague: we did business together for over 20 years. I had the pleasure of accompanying him on several business trips. Most of all I will remember his optimism and his wit.

A first class gentleman from a first class family.

My condolences to his family and to all who knew him.

Clare and Peter Coco

lisa plotkin

January 23, 2021

May all your memories be a comfort to you during this difficult time. We were so sorry to hear of Michael's passing.
We remember our families spending lots of time together during all the years they were growing up. Michael was a kind and generous person. Sending much love to all of you.
Lisa and Larry Plotkin

Chet goldberg

January 21, 2021

So many wonderful memories...I could write for hours. Michael and his family always treated me as one of their own and I am forever grateful. What a kind and generous friend.

May your family find peace.

Joyce Mattaway

January 21, 2021

I am deeply saddened by Michael's passing. I remember him as a proud and generous host. He welcomed all who came to visit and
made them feel special. I hope his family knows no further sorrow.

Lisa Mattaway

January 20, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. I was a Junior Bridesmaid at his wedding to Harriet. Michael was kind, gracious and generous. He was a truly decent man.
I will miss him. May his family/my family be comforted by happy memories of him.

Susan Saffer

January 20, 2021

We are so saddened to learn of Michael’s passing. We remember him as being such a kind and gentle person who adored his family.

Our thoughts and hearts are with you during this difficult time.
May his memory be a blessing.

With love,
Susie and Jeff Saffer

Joel Rose

January 19, 2021

I am so saddened to hear of Michaels passing. Michael and I go back to pre school riding tricycles around Ding Dong School, with myself Kenny Stoll and Jeff Kane.
I remember spending many days in Micheal’s house in Swampscott flipping baseball cards, playing learners, and watching Saturday morning cartoons on the first Color TV that I saw. The Turkanis family home was always open welcoming us kids in. Basketball games in the driveway. I have so many wonderful memories of Michael and his family.
My sincerest condolences to Barry, Joan, and Richard and the rest of Michael’s family.

RIP Michael
Joel Rose
Classmate and very old friend from Swampscott

Jeff Ham

January 19, 2021

So sorry to learn of Michael's passing. His whole family is in our thoughts today.
Jeff and Mary Jane Ham


January 19, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Our family connections go back 4 generations now, and from all of us please accept our sincere condolences.

Martha Heatley

January 19, 2021

Michael was a kind man and loving person. I send my prayers to the family and all his close friends.