2816 Brigadier-General W.W. Turner, CD passed away peacefully in Kingston on 13 December, 2016 at the grand old age of 95. He will be dearly missed by Hope, his loving wife of 65 years and their three children William (Nadine), Hope (Serge), and John. He was the proud and loving Grandfather of Colin (Jill), Amanda (Lee), Scott, Anthony (Marcela), Brittany (Adrian), and Hayley and was Great-Grandfather to Emily, Ethan, Logan, Dawson, and Hudson. He was the oldest son of Colonel M.W Turner, OBE, CD and Aileen and is survived by younger brother Commander M.A. Turner, CD (Diana). He began his distinguished career in the Canadian Army by enlisting in the non-permanent active militia in Victoria, BC in 1938. He entered the Royal Military College as a Gentleman Cadet in 1940 and was commissioned two years later as a Lieutenant in the last Class to graduate during World War II. He landed on the Normandy Beaches in August 1944 with 4th Canadian Armoured Division and served as a Gun Post Officer, a Command Post Officer, and a Forward Observation Officer in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Peacetime career highlights included appointments as Brigade Major, 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade in Soest, West Germany; Commanding Officer 3 RCHA in Hemer, West Germany and in Winnipeg; Commander Canadian Contingent in Nicosia, Cyprus; Director of Operations at NDHQ; and finally, as Commandant of the Royal Military College, ending his Regular Force career where he began it, 37 years later. To his great delight, he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, a role he relished from 1979 to 1986. After leaving the Army, he was a Vice President at the Urban Transit Development Corporation in Kingston and later worked with his very good friend Brit Smith at Homestead Land Holdings Limited. He was a lifetime member of The Royal Military College Club of Canada, was a Past President of its Kingston Branch and served as his Class Secretary for many years. He belonged to the Royal Canadian Artillery Association, the RCHA Brigade Association and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #560, was an Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9, and was a Past President of the Royal Kingston United Services Institute. Family and friends will remember him for his love of life, family, soldiering, the Moon, his self-discipline, his sense of duty, and how much he enjoyed a hot meal and a good joke. A Memorial Service will be held at Currie Hall, Royal Military College Kingston on Monday 19 December at 1100 hours, followed by a reception at the Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess and Interment at the Cataraqui Cemetery. Brigadier-General Turner will arrive at his service on a Gun Carriage that will make its way from the Memorial Arch. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Associations or to a Veteran’s Association of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.
2816 W.W. Turner Sep 17, 1921 – Dec 13, 2016
We received word that 2816 Brigadier-General William (Bill) Turner passed away on Tuesday, 13 December. General Turner entered RMC in 1940 and completed a rewarding and successful career as an Artillery Officer. He was Commandant of the college from 1973 to 1977.
We also received word that there will be a memorial service for BGen Turner on Monday, 19 December 2016 at 1100h in Currie Hall.
We understand that the casket will be moved on a gun carriage from the Arch to the Square beginning at 1030h.
The service will be followed by a reception at Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess. The RMC square will be open for parking.
Previous 2816 WW Turner e-Veritas articles:
24152 Capt Daniel Desjardins, PhD remembers his short time with BGen WW Turner
He took the salute from those Ex Cadets marching from the parade square to and from the Memorial Arch.
BGen Turner struck me as a person of great composure, both humble and wise. During his visit, not a single one of his remarks began with “Well, back in my day…”. He did not compare or judge the new generations being ushered in with the greats of yesteryear. Rather, he was very interested in what other people had to say, curious about the new perspectives and opinions, without imposing his own. Noticing this, I tried to get him to “preach” something, anything, to share some all-important lesson, some crucial advice. BGen Turner would only smile warmly and laugh politely at my eager attempts to extract some of his wisdom.
Therein lies the lesson; truly great leaders listen, they honestly value suggestions and opinions that are not their own. I remember BGen Turner as a warm, kind and humble man, who was a Titan in his time.
24152 Capt Daniel Desjardins, PhD
Recognizing members of the 140 Club
Spelling correction! Should read: 2831 Cameron Crowe – We apologize for the error.
We want to also recognize and thank the following members who ‘joined’ the 140 Club, however, their completed form was received AFTER the VERITAS magazine had gone for printing: 3218 George Barry Holt; and 5805 William Evans.
A big, big thank you to all those who supported this initiative – nothing beats tangible support!
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