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Saturday February 23, 2013

Brian Edward Turner

(February 16, 1936 -
February 18, 2013)
Peacefully and surrounded by family at home, Brian's courageous battle with cancer ended at the age of 77. Survived by his beloved wife Barbara, children Jeff (Susan Shaw) and Laura (Grant Street), and cherished grandchildren Katie, Brian, Daphne and Georgina. Family was everything to Brian. His love and devotion to Barbara was supreme and enduring. He felt enormous pride for his children and he derived great joy from his grandchildren. Born in Toronto, he lived in Brampton, Sudbury, Peterborough and Ottawa before settling in Thornhill. Brian became a Chartered Accountant in 1960, beginning a long, successful entrepreneurial career. In 1963 he met Barbara and began a love affair that never wavered. Brian was an avid sportsman. He played and excelled in many sports, particularly hockey and golf, where he developed a determination and intensity that he would display throughout his life. Brian touched many peoples' lives as a coach, mentor and friend. He always saw the potential in everyone he met and did his best to help bring it out. He was never shy about voicing his opinion; his message often pointed and direct but always well intentioned and caring. Brian was indeed one of a kind. According to his wishes, there will be a private family funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sunnybrook Hospital Odette Cancer Centre.

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