Tuesday, December 5, 2023

John Westley Turner, 87, of Virginia Beach

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John Turner, born on March 15, 1936, in Virginia, took his final bow on September 15, 2023, also in Virginia. He lived a vibrant and eventful life, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished by all who knew him. John was a man of many talents and interests, always bringing his quirky sense of humor along for the ride.

Over the course of his life, John gained invaluable experiences through his four-year stint in the Air Force and his role as a maintenance worker for the civil service. But it was in his personal pursuits that he truly shined. John had a knack for crafting, from meticulously building model planes, tanks, and boats to skillfully gardening vegetables and tending to an exquisite array of flowers including hydrangeas, gladiolas, azaleas, and roses. As a firm believer in the power of a moonlit stroll, he loved taking long walks at night, finding solace under the starry sky.

John had a taste for the classics, especially when it came to music. Loretta Lyn and Dolly Parton were his go-to artists, their tunes serving as the soundtrack to his days. He also delved into making beaded jewelry, showcased his competitive nature in thrilling board game sessions, and even had his own craft room where he conjured up stunning decorations using old CDs. Christmas was a special time for John, as he poured his heart into crafting ornaments that would sparkle with joy on the holiday tree.

Embracing nature’s wonders, John found solace in both fresh and saltwater fishing. Whether casting his line in tranquil rivers or camping at the oceanfront and Northwest River Park, he immersed himself in the great outdoors, finding peace in every ripple and wave.

John’s journey in life was intertwined with love. His military service brought him to New York in 1954, where fate led him to his soulmate, Doris. With a whirlwind romance that even Hollywood would envy, John and Doris tied the knot after just two weeks on Veterans Day. Together, they embarked on an incredible 48-year journey, raising six beautiful children who will forever carry their love in their hearts.

John leaves behind a family that will miss him dearly, including his son Donald Turner and daughter Debra Caldarera. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Turner, and mother, Lavinia Lane Turner. The details of his final farewell will be announced shortly, allowing loved ones the opportunity to come together and celebrate the life of a man whose warmth and kindness brightened the world.

In the tapestry of his existence, John Turner wove countless precious memories, leaving an indelible mark on the lives he touched. His quick wit, zest for life, and above all, his unwavering love, will forever be remembered as his greatest gifts. May he rest in eternal peace, his spirit forever flying high alongside the model planes he so meticulously crafted.

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