March 12, 1923 – January 22, 2016
Born in Mulvihill, Manitoba to the late Elmer and Jennie Turner, Lewis departed this life with peace on January 22, 2016 at Yucalta Lodge. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Annie “Maude” Turner, and his dear sister, Jane.
His life ambitions included working for short stint as a machinist at McDonald Brothers Aircraft in Winnipeg prior to joining the war effort in 1943. As a member of the Royal Canadian Navy he was posted to Shearwater, Nova Scotia as a stoker man, retiring in 1969 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. His journey in life brought him and his family to the West Coast where he worked as a millwright in Ocean Falls and in Campbell River, where he was forced into retirement from Elk Falls Mill at the age of 65. He felt he was “far too young to retire” at that age and told us so often.
He was an avid aircraft and motorcycle enthusiast, travelling to attend air shows and motorcycle races and spending countless weekends at Oshkosh, Westwood Motorsport Park in Coquitlam, Sears Point Raceway in California, even Daytona Beach. Lewis loved driving and tried his best to cover most of the highways in North America during his annual travels from West to East, North to South. He kept his family and friendships strongly connected with the visits he made along the way, often carrying family members along for the ride. A well-read and intelligent mind, he always had much to teach and share.
A proud member of the Masonic Temple and Shriners, Lewis was a man of integrity, honesty and respect. He will be remembered as a man of honour and class, who encouraged us all to be our best.
Lewis leaves behind three children, Leslie “Vicki” Turner (Bruce), Chris Turner (Dawn-Marie), and Tracy Petersen (Chris); three grandchildren, Marlena Turner (Nick), Amanda Turner, and Jennifer Lambert; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews Erin, Glen, John, Johanne, and Stanley. He was loved and adored by his family, all of whom miss him very much.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Yucalta Lodge who extended genuine kindness and care for our Dad during his lengthy stay.
An informal service celebrating Lewis will be held at 1:00 p.m. on February 6th at Sequoia Springs Golf Course in Campbell River.