Todd Turner Obituary – The death of Todd James Turner, age 35, was announced with profound sorrow by his family on Saturday, May 21, 2022. His family, including his mom, step-dad, and sisters (Tina Turner and Mary Lou Turner, aunt Eileen and uncle Nelson, and kids Alivia, Sharlett, Mikayla, and Jamieson, and the late Hayden, Emma, Sheala, and Layla) will miss him dearly.
He had a big, kind heart and was a lovely spirit. Now that he’s gone, the world has lost a lot of its lustre. Todd, you are very loved.
On Monday, May 30, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Hetherington & Deans Funeral Chapel, 5176 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, will open its doors to welcome family and friends (905-354-5614). The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the chapel, and interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
We will be streaming the funeral service live online. The family would appreciate any memorial contributions made to the Portage Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program for Ontario Youth or a GoFundMe set up for the purpose of purchasing a cemetery headstone. To the family of Todd, please consider writing a message of condolence or sharing a memory here.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jonathan Todd Turner passed away at the age of 50. He entered the world at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina on a Wednesday, November 24, 1971.
Dr. Lynwood and Mary Ellison Turner raised him in Kinston; his grandparents were Lynwood and Grace Turner (both departed) of Pink Hill and Jake and Eugenia Strother (both departed) of Kinston.
At Kinston High School, which he graduated in 1990, Todd was a member of the theatre club, tennis team, soccer team, and football team. He was also an Eagle Scout and very involved at his home church, Westminster Methodist.
He attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he majored in history and pledged the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
He relocated to Charlotte after finishing college and began working as a sales representative for Atcom Business Telephones. He was the kind of man who would relocate to England to get his international captain’s licence, and this is exactly what he did. Back in the Caribbean, he delivered yachts all throughout the region and even across the Atlantic to the British Virgin Islands.
He was a master sailor with a deep passion for the ocean. He took great joy in showing his customers how to sail their new boats and experiencing the liberating wind. He spent five years at sea before calling Wilmington home and breaking into the real estate business as a salesman and manager. He never stopped making boat deliveries, even into his old age.
While living in Wilmington, he met and married Michelle; the couple later welcomed daughter Mary Gretchen and son Stella into the world.
Todd was a top-notch salesman and multiple times was named Realtor of the Year. He was an investor in Rivertown Realty Group, a commercial real estate management firm. He served on the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, was a Paul Harris Fellow in the local Rotary Club, belonged to the Men’s Club, and loved to play tennis in his spare time.
Todd’s big, bold personality shone like a beacon in every gathering. Todd was devoted to his loved ones and always went out of his way to lend a hand. He built three wooden boats, played tennis, and was a talented artist and writer.
Todd cherished time spent with his family, especially on the water, and he especially enjoyed sailing, powerboating, and fly fishing with his kids in the areas of Wilmington and Atlantic Beach. To celebrate the changing of the seasons, he would often assist his family put up decorations, his favourite being the ghosts he hanged from the trees on Halloween. Every year around Halloween, he would invite the neighbourhood kids to the farm for a hayride and pumpkin carving with the kids.
During their frequent trips to British Columbia, Todd and his father and brother especially enjoyed engaging in their favourite pastime of fly fishing.
He was looking forward to the approaching false albacore season because he enjoyed casting for them around Cape Lookout. He and his pals would go oystering in the Wilmington area many times a year and then transport their haul to Kinston to share with his loved ones.
Todd’s surviving family includes his fiancée, Mary Ankenbauer of Austin, TX, his children Mary Gretchen Turner and Stella Turner, and their mother Michelle Gleason Turner of Wilmington; his brother Wood Turner and wife Cheryl of Kensington, CA; his sister Dr. Paige Turner Holbert and husband Mike of Richmond, VA; his nieces and nephews Tess Turner, Maddie Turner, Leo Turner, Carson Holbert, and Ellis Holbert; and his parents.
His aunt and uncle, John and Evelyn Turner, of Ocean Reef, Florida, and his cousins, Melanie Marsh (Brian) of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Merrill Keeley (Chuck) of Greensboro; Marian Scott (John) and Miles Hollowell (Catie) of Charlotte, North Carolina; Catherine Edwards (Frank) and John Turner (Katherine) of Charlotte; and Robert Turner (Kelly) of Atlanta, Georgia.
After some time working in the Liberal office of National Beef, he uprooted to Turpin, and eventually settled near Kansas City
, Kansas, where he now works as a computer specialist. After a year, he moved back in with his parents and worked in an assortment of office jobs until his father’s unexpected death in May of 1996. From there, he spent seven years working for Seaboard in Baker after assisting his mother on the family farm in Turpin.
When a job opening at the Forgan plant presented itself in Beaver, he made the decision to relocate there. In 2011, he was involved in a car accident that rendered him unable to continue working. A Beaver residence he had acquired would be his final resting place on December 2, 2021.
Todd’s favourite pastime was watching baseball on television and the Cleveland Indians were his all-time favourite club. His attendance at every game was 100%. He even visited the set of “Field of Dreams,” where he had a baseball signed by the cast.
He was a huge fan of the Washington Redskins. He finally got to see his beloved Redskins play in person at a game in Minneapolis. Beyond sports, Todd’s favourite activities included going to the movies, playing bridge on Tuesdays, and reading fiction. In other words, he read a lot. Shakirt, Todd’s dog, will be missed.
He lost his grandparents and an aunt, Shella Strother Hollowell.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, to be followed by a reception at the church.
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The loss of Todd Turner has left his loved ones devastated; please pray that they find solace in God’s arms. However, as of this writing, there haven’t been many reports on the news or orbital statements regarding the circumstances behind Todd Turner’s death.