North Andover — Leo F. Turner, 84, of North Andover, passed away on February 12, 2013. Patricia Turner, his wife of 57 years, was by his side. Leo was born on August 22, 1928 in Lowell, and was educated in the Lowell school system before attending the University of Miami.
Leo then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received the World War II Victory Medal-American Theater Ribbon. After returning home, Leo began his 30 year career in federal law enforcement agencies, including the United States Marshals Service, where he worked in the witness protection program; the Federal Protective Service (GSA), where he was a director for the New England region; and the Investigations Division of the Office of the Inspector General (GSA), where he was a Special Agent.
Leo met Patricia L. Collins, an elementary school teacher from Lawrence. Leo and Pat had six children to whom they devoted themselves, while working in their respective careers. Leo and his family first lived in Lawrence and later North Andover. They attended St. Patrick's Church where Leo served as a Eucharistic Minister and sacristan after his retirement.
Leo is survived by the "love of his life," Patricia L. Turner; their children, Margaret J. Turner and her husband, Ralf Nolting of Wayland, Daniel L. Turner of Barnstable, Stephen B. Turner and his wife, Rosemarie Turner of Wayland, Maura C. Memont and her husband, Paul Memont of Methuen, Matthew L. Turner of Boston and Jane C. Turner of Methuen; his brother-in-law, Gerald Collins and wife, Nancy of Salem N.H.; his grandchildren, John R. Jackson and his wife, Kristy of Dracut, Patricia Jackson and her fiance, Nicholas Parolisi, Bryce Turner, Margot Turner, Adam Memont, and Jason Memont; his great-grandchildren, Liam Jackson and Grace Jackson; his niece, Catherine Bowden and her husband, Robert of Tyngsborough; his nephew, John LePage and his wife, Irene of Chelmsford, as well as many beloved relatives and friends. Leo is predeceased by his parents Louis J. and Margaret R. Turner; his sisters, Lois LePage and Jacqueline Turner; his grandson, Michael Liam Turner-Jackson, his father-in-law, John J. Collins and mother-in-law, Margaret Collins, his brothers- in-law, Bryce Collins and John Collins, and his nephew, John F. Collins, and his dear friends Richard "Dick" Hayes and Shirley Hayes.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Lawrence, a burial will follow in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in North Andover.
Friends may call on Thursday, February 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. 35 Merrimack St. North Andover. For more information or to send an online condolence please go to www.breenfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to the: Haverhill Hopsice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA, 01830.