January 5, 2020
We are devastated to share that Craig passed away suddenly at home on January 5, 2020.
Craig was strong and independent as a small child growing up in Salmon Arm. He was forever wandering outside looking for something fun and physical to do. Exceptionally gifted with strength and athleticism, he excelled in every sport he tried. When not playing sports in his teens, he was out with friends or working at various physically demanding jobs. As an adult, he was a perfectionist and took great care with every task whether it was sports, work, or a project at home. In his occupation as a heavy equipment operator he was skilled and determined, always getting the job done.
Craig had a kind and sensitive heart. He would fight for the underdog until he felt the outcome was fair. Craig’s soft heart maintained through his adult years and he was fiercely protective. He would stand strong for what he felt was right and say what needed to be said.
Kendall and Rhys were his focus and priority in life. He was so proud of them and put everything he had into creating opportunity and a stable loving home for us. He believed we could achieve anything our hearts desired and would move mountains to make our dreams come true. Craig encouraged me to complete both a bachelors degree and graduate studies while he worked to support us. We all benefited from this exposure to education. My coursework was often the topic of conversation at the dinner table. Craig was particularly interested in social justice and we would talk about different theories in great depth. As I transitioned to working, Craig continued to listen and encourage me through the times I doubted myself.
Two years ago, Craig tentatively accepted an offer to coach grade 8 boys basketball. He embraced the task, applying both his work ethic and fairness mind set. He spent hours thinking and researching different practice drills and plays to best fit the players. Most importantly, he encouraged the boys to play as a team, and as such, they enjoyed great success.
Craig felt best when he was in nature. He loved extreme back country snowmobiling in his younger years and later spent many days taking us up the lake in the boat. He was a strong and steady presence for us. We love you so much Craig.
Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of love and support, we are so grateful.
Marla, Kendall, and Rhys
A Celebration of Life service for the late Craig Turner will be held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home on Sunday morning, January 26, 2020 at 11 am with Cappi Bowers officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to Craig’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
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