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.
Mr. Turner donated much of his time as a Trustee of the Lawrence General Hospital, a philanthropy he found very rewarding. He was positioned as the Chairman of the Facility and Grounds Committee and a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. Above all else, his family was paramount in his life and he will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife of 64 years, Wil is survived by his daughters and their families: Priscilla Daniels and her husband Mike of Neenah, Wis., Cynthia Pollard of Hampton Falls, N.H., Claudia Turner of Boston, Beth Rousselle and her husband Ken of Deerfield, N.H., and Judith Rust and her husband Cliff of Boston; his grandchildren, Michael Daniels, Laura Anger, Melissa Cloutier, Kristin Brown and Jessica, Randy and Kate Rousselle, Bobbie Pollard and Kim Tindell; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in Our Savior Lutheran Church, 478 Boston St., Topsfield, Monday at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery, Hampton Falls, N.H., Visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers, Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Online guestbook at www.legacy.com. For more information, inquire at 978-774-6600.