Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI


Real Jean Turcotte

September 25, 1940June 15, 2020

It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we share the news of the passing of our beloved founder, Real Turcotte after a battle with CHF. Real was born in East Angus, Quebec in 1940. He attended primary school in Quebec before attending Michigan State University on a hockey scholarship. While at MSU he studied math and received a degree in teaching. He taught high school math and relaxation classes for many years in the Lansing area while driving his sons to hockey in Waterford. Real shared his love of the game and taught the Art of Stickhandling to thousands of young children and adults for over 50 years. A true pioneer in teaching hockey and individual skill development while creating the youth hockey program in the Detroit area in the 1970's. Real gave opportunity to young men and women to play at a high level of hockey from AAA to juniors, college level, Olympians and Pros. A humble, kind and gentle man who had a fierce determination to win with his skill development and moves. Real is survived by his wife Carol, sons Alfie (Colleen) Jeff (Kim) step children Lindsay and Matthew. Grandchildren Nicolas, Gabrielle, Alex, Cooper, Jennifer (Brian) Tara, Tanner, Kensley, Elizabeth and great grandchildren Ty and Brody Gibbons. Beloved sister Cecile (Bruce) Rejean (Clair) Pierre (Marie-Claude) and several nephews and nieces. The family will honor Real's wishes with a private service but would like to remind you to "practice your moves 10 minutes a day".


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Kathey McCort

July 6, 2020

He was a wonderful and kind teacher. He was a very young man when he was my teacher, we all loved him. God Bless his family.

Erik Rundquist

June 22, 2020

I was extremely fortunate to live in Lansing when Mr. Turcotte was developing his stick handling curriculum, I can’t quite remember just how many sessions I was blessed to attend. He did make you feel you were the most important person in the world, and we all loved him. The smile was genuine. I couldn’t shake the uncanny way he could command the attention of 8 year olds, all with a hundred pucks on the ice and wanting to continue shooting them everywhere. When he blew the whistle we all raced to him and took a knee. Today I am doing the same

Lisa Klanow

June 22, 2020

Thanking for making each of us feel like we were special! Your smile and laugh will forever be remembered! You have touched many lives, I will miss you! Xoxo


June 22, 2020

Mr. Turcotte was my homeroom teacher beginning in 9th grade at O'Rafferty High School in 1966. The first day of class he was taking class attendance, when he came to my name, John DuMont, he pronounced it in french and it stuck with me for the four years of high school. He was a great teacher and the students looked up to him with admiration. Your family will be in my prayers today.

Ed Viera

June 22, 2020

I worked with Real when he first taught in the Catholic schools in Lansing. My experiences with him are priceless, both as the Freshman basketball coach in our program and on personal level.
I have since met people that named their child after Real and NHL
people that have raved about his training skill, but more importantly, his personality and devotion to family. Could one have a better legacy? So sorry for your loss but celebrate a life well lived.
ed viera

Mike Riddle

June 21, 2020

Thank you for always being such a caring person to my family and myself. I feel so fortunate to known you ! 🙏🏒🍻

Cherie Slaeyter

June 20, 2020

Real was a dear and long time friend. Such an honor to have known him. I have never known him to be angry or unkind to anyone. RIP friend.

Peter Krupsky

June 20, 2020

I met Mr. Turcotte 20 + years ago. He was always kind to me, even in the early part of my hockey career when I didn't deserve it. His positive outlook taught me a few things.

He always said to me, "And how is the man with the Golden Tones?" I was always humbled by that greeting.

He loved my broadcasts involving his grandson, Alex. I thought about him from time to time while in the middle of a broadcast. I usually feel as though I am calling games for friends, families, and extended families. Real Turcotte fits in all categories.

Pete Krupsky
USA Hockey National Team Development Program

Tamara Bashore

June 20, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss, Alfie and family. My sincere condolences and prayers for all; may your beautiful memories bring you comfort in this difficult time.

Tommy Robinson

June 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss Boo and Alfie...I have such great memories of you and your dad. So many van rides, winning Silver Sticks together, growing up and watching Alfie make it to the show....Your dad ALWAYS had a smile. Beautiful memories. And my thoughts are with you boys and your families.