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Richard "Dick" Edward Turner

Born: Fri., Jun. 29, 1928
Died: Sun., May 3, 2020


Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 15, 2020
Location: On Zoom


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You are invited to an ONLINE Celebration of Dick's Life

via Zoom where memories and stories can be shared.  Date: Saturday 15 August 2020 between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. To receive the link, please send an email to: DICKTURNER117@gmail.com

 

Richard “Dick” Edward Turner, aged 91, died peacefully in Lincoln, MA, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. 

A lifelong Lakeville resident, Dick attended Middleboro High School. After working on a poultry farm, he took a job at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in 1949. Dick served two years in the Korean War, and otherwise remained passionately committed to his role as Southeast District Wildlife Biologist for MassWildlife until he retired in 2014, at the age of 86. 

An avid conservationist, Dick could often be found monitoring bald eagles’ nests, maintaining wood duck boxes, and advocating for land and waterway preservation. In his spare time, he enjoyed guiding canoe trips, eating ice cream, and sharing his knowledge of indigenous wildlife with anyone willing to listen. Affectionately known as "Grampy",  “Papa Dicky”, or “Uncle Dick” to family members and friends, he taught countless children to ride bicycles, and reliably had a snakeskin, owl pellet, or turtle on-hand for impromptu nature lessons.

Dick is survived by his daughter Cynthia Turner-Maffei (Andrew Maffei) of Middleborough and son Dennis (Cheryl) Turner of Newton; his sister Virginia (Turner) Cahoon of Middleborough; five grandchildren; and four beloved great-grandchildren. Dick is predeceased by his wife Joyce (Caldwell) Turner and sister Natalie (Turner) Atkins. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mass Audubon Society.

 

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Amy and Bill Dow
   Posted Tue May 26, 2020
Dick Was such a lovely man and he will be missed dearly. One of my fondest memories is when he visited our house in Lakeville and he brought small baby turtles to show my two children. After that day we affectionately called him the turtle man. He was one of the kindest men My family had the privilege of knowing. May he rest in peace love the Dow’s.

Richard Bradford Hall
   Posted Sat May 30, 2020
I've only just now learned of Cousin Dick's death. I have so many fine memories of him most particularly when he'd stop by the old house in Bourne for a visit. He was a decent, kind, and capable man. And I feel honored to have called him "cousin". Of course my condolence and sympathy is extended to the extended family. Dick will forever be in my thoughts and my heart. He had the work ethic of his Turners, and the innate spirit of his Coffin ancestors. He'll be sorely missed by this writer.

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