W. C. (Bill) Turner

W. C. (Bill) Turner

It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully announce the passing of our dad Bill Turner. Bill was called to the main dance floor on April 6, 2016 at the age of 88 years with his family by his side.

Waiting for him at the big dance floor is his loving wife of 48 years Donna (nee Salmon) and siblings Anne, Murray, Rosamund, Kathleen, James (Whitey) , Roderick and Betty.

Left to cherish Bill’s memory is his family daughter Kerry (John) Christou of Port Alice, BC, sons; Glen of Sicamous, BC and Stuart of Enderby, BC, Grandchildren; Erin, Vangelis, Demetre, Angeliki, Devon, great grandchild, Houston as well as a sister Olive.

Bill was born to Scottish immigrants (James and Lillian) during a house fire on June 13, 1927 . Bill’s childhood involved working and helping out on the family farm, caring for the cattle, sheep and heavy horses. Bill kept busy by been involved with 4H, Baseball, basketball, boxing and his favorite game soccer. He had many great accomplishments on the soccer field especially been part of the Vic West FC Club that together with his brother James (Whitey) helped the team win the Garrison and Jackson cup during the 1951/1952 season.

Bill met and married the love of his life Donna on October 14, 1950. Together they fostered and cared for approximately 10 children before starting a family of their own.

In 1966 Bill and Donna together with their 3 children moved to Mara, BC, Bill was instrumental in establishing the 4H club in Mara, he loved the Mara community and spent many wonderful years in Mara raising Shorthorn cattle where he was successful on many occasions receiving the Canadian Grand Champion award.

Bill’s passion was people and music, when his vison forced him to leave his farm, these two passions came to the forefront of his life, as his vision deteriorated so the music became clearer and the need to dance became a force that he could not subdue. If there was a tune in the air dad, without hesitation would find a partner. The loss of his eyesight did not hamper his positive attitude on life, and he continued with this enthusiasm to the end.

Dad will be sorely missed and remembered by his family as an inspiration and mentor, he lived a full and happy live always helping those in need.

A service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at the Enderby Drill Hall on Friday April 22, 2016 at 1 p.m. refreshments will follow the service.

Donations in lieu of flowers will be set aside for the W.C. Turner trophy which is yet to be purchased and will be awarded to a 4-H member who demonstrates determination and continues to achieve despite unforeseen obstacles that may arise. (Please contact the family to make a donation).

Online condolences may be sent through Bill’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com

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