Grant Terrance Turney

TURNEY, Grant Terrance Of Bowser, B.C., died March 9, 2004 after a short battle with lung cancer. He passed away peacefully at his home on Vancouver Island with his loving wife, Lucy (nee Sopczak) of 46 years, by his side. He was very proud of his three daughters Sandra Turney (of the Dominican Republic), Jane Gadoury (of Ottawa), and Barbara Wik (of Calgary), his sons-in-law; Lee Church, Drew Gadoury, and Brian Wik, and his three grandchildren; Olivia, Mason and Sam. Grant enjoyed living close to his sister Geraldine (Lorne) Drynan, and his brother Victor (Maureen) Turney. He will also be fondly remembered by his youngest brother Michael (Elizabeth) Turney, Aunt Evie Menzies, Uncle Gordeon Allen, brother-in-law Lawrence Sopczak, sisters-in-law Marie Chomyshen, Marlene Sopczak, Wilma Sopczak, Roseanne (Tom) Martin, Lorene Kilgore (John Webb), and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Grant was born in Turner Valley on December 1, 1931 and lived a hardscrabble life in the Edson/Leslieville/Eckville area. Grant joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951 and served until 1956, finishing his service as an Aero Engine Technician. He then joined Calgary Power (now TransAlta Utilities) as a power lineman in Wetaskiwin in 1956. He also worked in Lacombe, Foremost, Edmonton, Daysland, Camrose and retired after 36 years in 1992 as District Manager of Fort Saskatchewan. Grant had many hobbies. He was a pilot and a master woodworker; making three houses, furniture, model planes, tall ships, and countless toys. He was an excellent story teller, painter, gardener, avid reader of military history and politics, loved his dogs, and enjoyed cooking comfort foods such as baked beans and biscuits. He was also active in civic councils in Lacombe and Daysland, and became a Freemason in 1983. Grant always showed great character, determination, hard work, wit and humour. No service by request. If one so wishes donations can be made in Grant’s memory to the Alberta Foundation for Diabetes Research, 12834-163 St. N.W., Edmonton AB, T5V 1K6. E-mail condolences can be made to the family

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