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TURNER, James Ronald (Jim)

Posted By Obits On May 12, 2019 @ 9:29 AM In Chapel Of The Bells Obituaries,Obituary | 14 Comments

May 2, 1938 – Lethbridge, Alberta
May 10, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

James Ronald (Jim) Turner passed away surrounded by family on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the age of 81 after an extended illness.

Jim was born in Lethbridge, AB, and received his Education degree from University of Calgary. He taught in Grassy Lake, Enchant, and Hussar, before settling into a long career with Rocky View School Division. He met Nancy in 1963 and knew immediately that she was the love of his life. His love for her shone brightly even in his final hours. He is a Past Worshipful Master Hussar Chapter of the Masonic Lodge and enjoyed the lifelong brotherhood of those good men. He enjoyed the mountains, and spending time at his trailer at Canmore, and then at Fairmont. Jim was one of the world’s great characters who made an impression with his quick wit, humour, and unique turns of phrase. He had many roles in his life: Son, brother, teacher, husband, father, administrator, good friend, Mason, and surrogate “Dad” to many. Underneath a gruff exterior was a soft heart with endless compassion for animals and the people he held closest.

He is survived by his dear wife, Nan; his “3 Cs”, daughters Cathy, Cynthia (Wade), and Candice (John); and “adopted” son, Scott Young (Marilyn). He was most proud of his grandchildren, Charlotte (Dylan), Jacki, Mat (Tanis), Wes, Nic, Courtney, Marcus, Reese, and Carolyn.

If friends chose to raise a pint, glass of scotch, or drop of gin, and toast, “To Jim” in his memory, he would like that very much.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB [1]) on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB [1]), on Friday, May, 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.

If friends so desire, donations in his memory can be made to the Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund Telephone: (403) 262-1149, #210, 2816 – 11 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7S7, https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/7764 [2]. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of James Turner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Condolence from Richard O’Brien on May 14th, 2019 8:46 AM

Dear Nan and family. Please accept my condolences for the passing of my dear old cousin, Jimmy. While we were just cousins for the greater portion of our lives, Jim and I were very close while he lived in Southern Alberta. I knew Jim as a loving, knowing, sensitive, honest and wonderfully eccentric cousin. I know that meeting and loving you, Nan, gave profound meaning to his life.

Condolence from Dr. Marg Haynes on May 14th, 2019 11:15 AM

On behalf of the Officers and members of Chinook Chapter #133, Order of the Eastern Star (OES Calgary), we extend our fraternal Love and Blessings at this special time. May you, and your family, draw strength and assistance from your Sisters and Brothers.

Condolence from william bell on May 14th, 2019 2:43 PM

Dear Nan

I don’t know if you remember me but we met often at Rocky View events. I want to offer you and your family my condolences. I first met Jim as a teacher serving the Local and later got to know him much better as an administrator.

Jim was controversial, courageous and such a character. (Those three “c’s” again). Looking back, I believe he had an influence on me as a developing administrator in as much as on a regular basis one faces challenges-challenges about beliefs, practice and action. While I did not always agree with Jim what I did learn was about courage and tenacity.
In my opinion these were two gifts we in Rocky View benefited from. In difficult times we valued these qualities as Jim stepped up to serve his colleagues during difficult negotiations and intense debates about policy.
Jim, I think, would take some pride in his reputation for not always being “politically correct” and while that would sometimes rankle one always knew there was a kind heart. There were many, many other times when that gruff exterior of his evaporated and a unique sense of humour enveloped the group he was engaged with and sometimes the entire room. No one ever doubted that within Jim there was an intelligent mind which, while formidable in debate, also housed a quick sense of humour and ready wit.
When I think of Jim I smile and will indeed raise a glass.

Condolence from Rick and Paulette Smith on May 14th, 2019 10:07 PM

Dear Nan
My wife (Paulette) and I would like to offer you and your family our condolences on the passing of Jim. We always appreciated his frank demeanor and unpretentious administrative style. We are out of the province at this time but we will certainly “raise a glass of scotch” in his memory

Condolence from Don Ewing on May 15th, 2019 7:43 AM

Dear Nan and Family,
On behalf of the members of Symbol Lodge 93 (Drumheller) we offer our deepest condolences. Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I had the honor of knowing Jim not only as a fellow Mason but also in the years when we both bargained for the betterment of teachers. I always marveled at his quick wit and rhetoric. At our next meeting you can be assured that we will all raise a glass in his honor.

Condolence from Harley Ruder and family on May 15th, 2019 8:45 AM

Dear Nan,
Harley and I will be raising a glass of scotch in Jim’s honour. We will miss him dearly… his wit, words of advice, the always entertaining banter with Harley, and of course his jujubes. Please call on us whenever need be; we are only steps away. xx

Condolence from Jim and Karen Welsh on May 15th, 2019 10:43 AM

Dear Nan and family
We offer our sincere condolences on Jim’s passing . I always enjoyed our visits at his school. As an educator he was concerned about his students and staff. Once that topic was ended we switched to joke telling and sometimes discussing Alberta Teachers’ Association business. He certainly let one know that he was in charge of his school and any changes made were only upon his approval. He often bugged me about my grey hair and I about his reddish brown hair. He claimed he never dyed it but I thought otherwise! Jim and I often enjoyed a scotch together especially during ATA functions. I will raise a glass of scotch to Jim in memory of a great guy.

Condolence from Marg Post on May 15th, 2019 6:53 PM

Nan and family. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great guy. The Star girls would be picking Nan up for Jobie and Star events and Jim was always so sweet and loving when we’d go into the house to get Nan always making sure she had a kiss before she left. Then Jim would say to me ‘ SHE who must be obeyed’ …..and we would have a good giggle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the families as you go through this saddest of times Nan.

Condolence from Verda Jean Cosgrove on May 16th, 2019 9:53 AM

Dear Nan, the “3 Cs” and all the family,
Our warmest thoughts and feelings of sympathy are with you all , and our prayers for you will continue. Although I have been Jim’s on-the-sidelines cousin through the years, I have been an admiring fan, impressed by the quality of his service in education and other pursuits, and especially by his devotion to his beloved family. Also, I have really appreciated his efforts to keep in touch with us extended family members and his outstanding desire and ability to spread good cheer. I loved his unique sense of humor. If weather or health conditions should prevent Ron and me from being at the service in Calgary tomorrow, our love will be with you all. Verda Jean

Condolence from Michelle Chanin Dulmadge on May 16th, 2019 10:10 AM

It is difficult to articulate in words the impact that Mr T had on me. When I wasn’t interested in listening to my own Dad, I got honest and direct feedback from him. He was sarcastic and his wit unmatched but even as he ‘picked’ on you, you knew he cared deeply. Rediscovering him on Facebook showed that he had not changed, busting my chops about my travel schedule while sharing his love for his family. I am certain that no man has loved his wife more than James Turner. He set the bar high for his daughters in terms of love and commitment. He leaves an incredible legacy behind having touched so many lives, and leaves a deep sadness with his absence. My sincere condolences to all of you, he will be missed beyond words. ❤️

Condolence from Lawrence Gunn on May 16th, 2019 6:24 PM

Being much quieter a person when I was younger it was quite a shock being introduced to Jim. Here was my future father in-law, and while he was nice, he loved to shock. He was very good at that. It was never unkind, just tending his sentences toward the shocking. Sometimes it was the choice of well placed swear words. Other times it was just providing way too much information. Over time I got used to this level, and true to form, he just upped his game.

This outgoing and straightforward manner was part of his leadership style. He was frank and honest. There was no question of him having another agenda or hiding something. And that did not mean he was insensitive. I noticed in our conversations that he understood that bringing up some things just needed the right time, and he was surprisingly good at introducing subjects gently and comfortably. To be able to master conversations ranging from the outrageous to the subtle is a talent and the ability to combine them was what made his leadership so great.

Condolence from Janice Loukras (Banks) on May 17th, 2019 2:44 PM

To Nan, Cathy, Cindy, Candace and families
As your long ago neighbour and friend of Cathy and the girls, I remember Jim well from my many hours playing at your house and camping trips. I would have called him “Mr. Turner” back then, especially if we had done something mischievious and were trying to avoid getting in trouble. So sorry to hear of your loss and hope your gathering with family and friends today will bring you comfort.

Condolence from Joan Banks on May 17th, 2019 3:06 PM

To Nan and family
I am very sorry to learn of Jim’s death and offer you, the girls and their families my sincerest sympathy at this difficult time. I (and David) always enjoyed chatting when we lived in the Vandergrift Cr. neighbourhood, and our conversations about child-rearing and the teaching profession.

Condolence from Ken Friesz on May 20th, 2019 9:30 AM

Condolences to the family of Jim Turner from Ken Friesz, Chestermere High Class 1972. I am very sorry to hear about his passing.

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