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Richard "Dick" Edward Turner

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


Funeral Service

Location: To Be Announced At A Later Date


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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 for 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 “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. 

Details of a service to celebrate Dick’s life will be announced at a later date. 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.