ROBERT A. TURNER – in Woburn, Tuesday,May 23rd, beloved husband of the late Emily A. (Thorne) Turner. Devoted father of Judith Phair-King and her husband Roland King of Laurel,MD, Robert E. Turner and his wife Kathleen of Woburn and Richard A. Turner and his wife Maureen R. of Grafton. Dear brother of the late Charlotte Cole of CT. Loving grandfather of Lauren and Jeffrey Turner and Robert Phair. A Funeral Service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Woburn, 523 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 26th at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Robert A. Bob??? Turner, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away quietly on Tuesday evening at the U. Mass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Emily A. (Thorne) Turner, he was eighty-eight years of age.
Born in Woburn, Bob???, as he was always known, was the son of the late Wallace and Blanche (Blackburn) Turner. Raised and educated in Woburn, Bob was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 35. As a young boy he was a member of the choir at the United Methodist Church.
Following high school, he was employed as a machinist by Monsanto in Everett where he worked his entire career, spanning forty-three years. He retired in 1981.
In 1941, Mr. Turners employment was interrupted by his enlistment into the Army during World War II, where he was a member of the 9th Infantry Division, 34th Field Artillery. One year later, prior to his deployment overseas, Bob married his beloved wife Emily, to whom he was devoted for sixty years. Following the war, he returned to Woburn where the Turners raised their three children.
As a family they enjoyed traveling, often vacationing at Lake Winniepesaukee and Weirs Beach.
Throughout his adult life, Bob was very involved with the 9th Infantry Division, attending reunions frequently. In 1992, he and his wife returned to Fort Bragg to celebrate both their fiftieth wedding anniversary and a military reunion celebration.
Bob was an extremely spiritual man with a strong belief system. He had a passion for reading and loved spending time in his flower and vegetable gardens.
In October of 2004, he relocated to Radius House in Millbury. A popular resident with the staff and other residents, Bob took part in all of the various activities and especially enjoyed the musical entertainment.
In addition to his wife Emily, who passed away in 2003, Mr. Turner was predeceased by his sister, Charlotte Cole.
He is survived by his children, Judith Phair-King and her husband Roland King of Maryland, Robert E. Turner and his wife Kathleen of Woburn and Richard A. Turner and his wife Maureen R. of Grafton, his grandchildren, Lauren and Jeffrey Turner and Robert Phair.
A funeral service will be held in the United Methodist Church of Woburn, 523 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 26th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may made in Mr. Turners memory to Radius Health Care of Millbury, Resident Activity Fund, 29 Main Street, Millbury, MA 01527.