TRAMTelephone Retirees Association of Manitoba



BORN: MAR 24, 1934



DONALD (DON) GORDON TURNER March 24, 1934 - April 13, 2018 On Friday, April 13, 2018, at the age of 84, Don passed away peacefully at the Beausejour Hospital, surrounded by his beloved family. He will be forever remembered by his wife Dale, of 58 years, his wonderful daughter, Darlene and son-in-law Dr. Fred Zeiler, grandsons Dr. Fred A. Zeiler (Kait) and Dr. Matt D. Zeiler (Lisa). Don was predeceased by his father Jim, mother Bertha, and brother Doug. Don began his career at MTS in 1954 and retired as General Manager Directory 37 years later in 1991. He was highly respected at work and had a positive impact on his co-workers and made many long time friends. It was at MTS that Don met and married Dale, the love of his life in 1960. Shortly thereafter they were blessed with their wonderful daughter, Darlene. The family was complete when Darlene married Fred and they gave us two very special grandsons, Fred and Matt. Don's favourite place was the cottage at Brereton Lake in the Whiteshell. He and Dale loved to welcome family and friends through the 40 years they owned the cottage. Many wonderful times were spent together, boating, swimming, water skiing, enjoying the scenery along with good food and conversation. Don's two grandsons were his pride and joy. He spent countless hours driving the boat so they could water ski, go tubing and swim off the high rock. Don got them started playing golf and along with Dale followed their basketball career at school and throughout Manitoba. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and curling in his early years but in his retirement years golf became his passion. He enjoyed practicing, playing, trying out new clubs and balls and loved to play with his friends Don, Mike and Neil. Don and Dale's early retirement years were enjoyed in Florida for nine winters, as well as several Caribbean cruises, topped off with a 50th anniversary cruise from Quebec City to New York in 2010. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to all our friends and family for their love and support during this difficult time. The family would also like to give a special thank you to Dr. Schmidt and the excellent nurses and staff at the Beausejour Hospital for the care and compassion they gave Don in his final days. We would also like to thank Rhonda at Sobering Funeral Home for her comforting words and special attention. Thank you to Dr. N. Reshia and staff of the St. Norbert Clinic for their excellent care over the past four years. Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Don's wishes no formal service will be held. The family is having a private memorial service this summer at the lake. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hearst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or Manitoba Camping Association and Sunshine Fund (for underprivileged children) 960 Portage Ave., Ste 302, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R4. Don would like family and friends to remember only the good times with him and to think about the following: Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Live Today


As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 28, 2018