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Edgar A. Turner, Sr

Edgar A. Turner, Sr, 87, passed away very peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019 in his Ipswich home with his loving wife, Elaine C. (Petrin) Turner by his side. They had just celebrated their forty-third wedding anniversary.

Born in Salem Hospital on March 23, 1932, Edgar, known by many as “Aluishious Humperdinkle”, was the son of the late Charles F. and Gladys S. (Greenlaw) Turner of Salem.  He lived in Salem all of his young life where he attended the Pickman School, Pickering School and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1950.  His high school yearbook read “To a friend in need, He is a friend indeed.”

Following graduation Edgar enlisted in the Navy.  He went on to serve four years during the Korean War on the USS Bache (DDE 470) as Radioman, Third Class, Electronic Operator.  Upon his honorable discharge he went to work as butcher at the Economart in Salem.  During that time he also attended college at Franklin Technical Institute where he received his Electronics Technician Degree.  He later attended Northeastern University and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Engineering and Management.   He soon went to work at General Electric in Lynn where he was employed for twenty-five years until his retirement.  After retirement he worked for many more years at Hill’s Family Store of Ipswich.  He also served from 2000 to 2012 as a driver of the senior van for the Ipswich Council of Aging.  He loved his job and enjoyed making the “seniors” smile and laugh.       

Edgar enjoyed fishing with his children off the Kernwood Bridge and the pier in Gloucester.  He looked forward to his annual long drives to Maine for early morning ice fishing.  He’ll be remembered for his favorite saying “open the gates for the smelt to come in.” He also summer vacationed at his sister’s camp in Maine with his brothers, nephews and children.

His love of sports included the Boston Bruins, the New England Patriots and the Red Sox having waited his whole life for the curse to be reversed.   He also enjoyed golfing, bowling and was a champion horseshoe thrower.  He loved gardening at the church farm  where he labored tirelessly to bring home his world class tomatoes.

In addition to his wife Elaine he is survived by six children, Edgar A. Turner, Jr. and his companion Lisa DeLaria, David P. Turner and his wife, Pauline, Gregory A. Turner and his companion Robin Corley, Peter D. Remick and his wife, Debbie, Vickie-Anne M. Tsoutsouras and her husband James, Scott A. Remick and his wife, Melissa; fourteen  grandchildren, Crystal Paquette and her companion Roy, Michael Turner, Hannah Anderson and her husband Joseph, Daniel Turner and his wife Michelle, Aaron Turner, Timothy Turner and his wife Kaitlyn, Jennifer Butler and her husband Jeffrey, Kristin Turner, Tiffany and Brittany Remick, Katerina and George Tsoutsouras, Jeremy Remick and his wife Victoria, and Carley Morris and her husband Richard; five  great-grandchildren,  Caleb, Madison, Aria and Esmé Anderson and Grace Remick; a brother Phillip A. Turner and his wife, Carol as well as many nieces, nephews and great friends including Scott Cousins who grew up like a son to him. He also leaves his lifelong buddy Jim Wilkins; friend Larry Connors and Lisa’s son Jonathan and Robin’s son Ross.  He was predeceased by three brothers, Baby Turner, Charles F. Turner, Jr., James E. Turner and his wife, Evelyn; two sisters, Beatrice (Turner) and her husband Paul Dionne and Arlene (Turner) and her husband, Robert Ayers. He will be missed by all.  

 His funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 am Saturday, November 30 in Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich followed by interment with Military Honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.  Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Ipswich Council of Aging, 25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938, ATTN:  Sheila Taylor, or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA  01923.


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