Charles W.'s Story
Charles W. Turner, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
A lifelong resident of Haverhill, Charles was born the son of the late Charles F. and Rose (Cunio) Turner.
He graduated from St. James High School, Class of 1950, and was a member of the varsity football team.
He enlisted to proudly serve our nation in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and safely returned home to continue studies to become an engineer. Charles obtained his bachelor's degree from Merrimack College and graduated Summa Cum Laude when he achieved his Master’s degree from Northeastern University. Charles enjoyed a successful career as an industrial engineer with AT&T/Western Electric, from which he ultimately retired after 32 years. In addition, he penned a weekly column as a journalist for the Haverhill Gazettte called, “Life in the Acre of Haverhill”, and left a remaining legacy with his titled book, “Remembering Haverhill”, proudly published in 2008. Charles was a former Boy Scout Troop 24 Scout Master and longtime supporter of Haverhill youth sports. He himself was a talented athlete who skated in adult hockey leagues until just several years ago. He was also an avid golfer, skier, outdoorsman, and sports fan.
Charles most cherished time spent in the company of family and will be remembered lovingly as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Evelyn A. (Lefebvre) Turner; their children, Charles F. “Bud” Turner of Boston, Patricia Lynch and husband, Robert of Portland, Maine, the late Kathleen Turner, who died in 1983, and Jean Gemmell and husband, Joseph Gemmell, III of Haverhill. He leaves his siblings and their spouses, Raymond Turner and Esther of Rochester, N.H., Kathleen Seastrand and Kurt of Exeter, N.H., Stephen Turner and Gail; and brother-in-law, Philip Gardella, all of Haverhill; six grandchildren, Capt. Michael T. Lynch, USAF, currently stationed at Mt. Home, Idaho, Jennifer Lynch of Portland, Maine, Joseph W. Gemmell, IV, Katie Gemmell, Rees Gemmell, and Christina Gemmell, all of Haverhill; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, many dear friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his sisters, Monica Gardella, and Frances O’Neil, and brother-in-law, Robert O’Neil.
Guests were kindly asked to meet directly at church to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Charles Turner at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Sacred Heart Church, 165 South Main St., Bradford. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Charles Turner to Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or www.comeaufuneral.com.
Published on  June 12, 2017