William George (Bill) TURNER

William George (Bill) TURNER

Nov. 22, 1939-Aug. 21, 2011

On August 21st, Bill Turner finally lost his four year battle with cancer at Cascade Hospice. His family was by his side. He is survived by wife Pat, sister Carol, daughter Rose (Guido), daughters Morgan and Jasmine, his son Will and daughter Olivia.

Bill was born in Shanghai, and from 1943-45 the family was interned by the Japanese. After WWII the family lived in Victoria where Bill grew up. He served in the RCAF as a radar technician and worked in this field before joining BC Tel and settling in Chilliwack.

Bill was a keen long range rifle shooter, shooting for Manitoba and Nova Scotia while in the RCAF and for B.C. from 1967 onwards. In spite of losing the sight in one eye he made the 1999 Canadian National Team to Bisley U.K. More important to him though, were the many Army and Air Cadets he taught to shoot while Rifle Instructor with 147 AirWolf Squadron in Chilliwack. His ranges were run with strict military discipline and safety was always paramount.

In addition he was an authority on the complexities and fine points of reloading ammunition, always ready to help others learn this demanding skill.

His family will miss his dry wit, his affection and concern, and his ability to fix items that other people gave up as useless.

Thanks to Dr. Oostenbrink, Dr. Bull and the staff at the Cascade Hospice and Dr. Zulfiqar and the staff at the Abbotsford Cancer Centre.

As he wished, there will be no formal funeral service, but a Celebration of Life will be arranged at a later date.

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