George P. Turner
10/30/28-12/22/19, survived by wife Dorothy M. Turner, sons Jay Turner and John Turner, daughters-in-law Diana Annese, Suzanne States, and close friends Sally Brown, Duncan Brown. George is pre-deceased by his son David Turner.
After graduating from high-school George joined the Marines while studying for his bachelor’s degree at State Teachers of Buffalo. There he met his wife and fellow student Dorothy Murray: to whom he was married for 69 years. George served his military service during the Korean War and left the Marines as a Captain in 1953.
In civilian life he started as an Industrial Arts Instructor and continued his education receiving a master’s degree where he moved into administration. He spent several years at Lincoln J. High as Vice-Principal until being recruited by Xerox to run their Education Training Dept. In the early 70’s, George was chosen to run the new Equal Opportunity Program with Xerox which was started to recruit and educate individuals from the local community and train them to become engineers. George also set up co-op programs with MCC, RIT and the U of R to recruit engineers and scientists to join the Xerox Team. He also invited speakers and specialists to keep scientists and engineers abreast of current technology. George took early retirement from Xerox in the early 80’s and then formed a consulting company called Communication Associates. He and his partner were hired again by Xerox as consultants, supervising the technical writing for copier manuals.
George and Dorothy owned and operated several other small businesses, including Crossroads Nursery School in Brighton during the 1970’s. And they opened the Royal Biscuit Restaurant in Brighton with son Jay and Robert Murphy in the mid 80’s.
George’s last job was the Building Supervisor for the Webster Parks and Recreation Building at the Ridgecrest School. He was responsible for all repair and maintenance as well as long term planning and even helped administration to write grants. George finally retired in his 80’s.
George was highly involved with community interests serving as Webster Town Leader for the Republican Party, and was a member of the Webster Planning Board which was responsible for all building and permit issues. He and wife Dorothy were lifetime members of the PTA and RAYCE-the Regional Association for the Education of Young Children. George was one of the founding members and on the Board of Directors for the Webster Arboretum on Schlegel Road. He was a founding member and supporter of WASP- the Webster Association for Senior Program Supporters, a group formed to drive Webster residents to shopping centers or MD appointments for free.
George liked to be busy; he could relax and read or watch TV for short periods but did not keep still for long! He was a skilled carpenter, plumber and all around handyman. Some of his hobbies included building museum quality wooden model ships including sloops and square riggers. For the Crossroads School George built everything from the furniture and toys inside to the playground outside. He also re-upholstered all of their home’s living room furniture. Most of his friends and family would never think of starting any major project without asking George’s opinion first!
George and Dorothy raised three boys, Jay, John and David. If you made friends with them you were their friends for life, and they worked together on every endeavor. George and Dorothy’s families were from Buffalo and he was the last survivor of 6 brothers. He was kind and persuasive making him one of the most popular and effective managers in all his projects: no one had a bad word to say about George. His friends and family will miss his integrity, honesty and sense of duty. He will be forever missed.