HAMPTON, N.H. — Mr. Harry Wilson Turner, 88, of Hampton Falls, N.H., beloved husband of Mary Rose C. (Michael) Turner, died Thursday evening, Sept. 15, 2011 at the Exeter Medical Center in Exeter N.H., surrounded by his family.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Harry W. Turner, Sr. and Anna (Wagner) Turner. He was raised and educated in Boston, attended Boston Latin School, and was a graduate of Rindge Technical High School. Mr. Turner was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning his degree in Engineering. An honorably discharged veteran, Harry served his country as a member of the United States Army, 40th Combat Engineers, during World War II.
Mr. Turner had a long and successful career in Electrical Engineering with the Western Electric Company, first at their Baltimore Works Division, then he was promoted to working at the Coliseum in New York, New York, but most recently, he was the manager of Engineering at the Merrimack Valley Works in North Andover for over 36 years until the time of his retirement.
A longtime resident of North Andover, Wil was an active member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, where he was associated with many council and administrative positions. He was involved with many civic and professional organizations as well, including positions as Vice President of the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society.
He was a two-term member of the Board of Directors of the North Andover Historical Society; he was elected the permanent Treasurer of the North Andover Historical Society; he was a trustee of the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover; and Chairman of the Town of North Andover Government Study Commission. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the First Essex Bank and its predecessor banks; and was a Trustee of the Hampton Falls Free Library.