David Bridges Turner
February 13, 1928 – February 23, 2015
David passed away peacefully in his home in Nanoose Bay on Monday, February 23, 2015.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joan; son, Jim (Iona); daughter, Lois “Lou” (Roy) Barnum; grandchildren, Clinton Barnum, Duncan (Jessica) Barnum, Devon (Kevin) Adamson, Patrick (Christine) Fewtrell, Colton and Brianna Schoenke; great grandson, Harlin Barnum. He also leaves to mourn his passing his brother-in-law, Ken (Bonnie) Nelson as well as cousins and many other relations. David was predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Margaret who died at a very young age; his wife’s parents and his brother-in-law, Jim Catterall who was killed in a logging accident.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, BC, David completed his high school education in Nanaimo. In 1953, he received his Bachelor of Forestry from UBC and in 1954, his Master of Forestry from Oregon State College.
In 1950, while working in Sechelt for the Forest Service, David met and fell in love with Joan Catterall. They were married in Nanaimo in 1953 and went to live in
Corvalis, Oregon while David was completing his formal education.
They then moved to Franklin River, Camp B, a logging operation of MacMillian Bloedel. David worked for this company for many years eventually becoming Vice President of Logging.
He was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church and was ordained an Elder in 1960. David served as an Elder in Nanaimo, North Vancouver, and French Creek. He felt so strongly that God had blessed him throughout his life that he wanted to help and to assist in God’s work.
David was also very active in Freemason organizations where he assumed
leadership roles in Craft Masonry as District Deputy Grand Master, Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of BC and the Yukon, and Supreme Grand Master of Sovereign Great Priory of Canada. He was also active in other Masonic bodies including the Royal Order of Scotland, the Scottish Rite, and the Shrine.
His hobbies and interests include boating and water sports, travelling, gardening, reading, playing cribbage, and especially family get-togethers. Dave was also a long suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan!
A Memorial Service was held in David’s honour at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 2, 2015 at St Columba Presbyterian Church, 921 Wembley Road in Parksville with Reverend Robert Kerr officiating. No flowers by request.
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