William Lloyd Turner
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William Lloyd Turner, formerly of 18 Ridgewood Ave. in Gilford, passed away October 19, 2002 at Genesis Eldercare in Laconia following a courageous battle with throat cancer.
Born January 2, 1926 in Indiana, Mr. Turner spent his childhood in Michigan and Arkansas. He served his country as an Electricianís Mate in the U.S. Navy, stationed aboard the submarine
USS Thornback during World War II in the Pacific.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, he worked as an electrician at the Portsmouth Gas Light Company. He served his community as a uniformed officer in the Portsmouth Police Department for eight years, attending the University of New Hampshire part-time.
Combining his love of the outdoors and his experience in law enforcement, he then served the State of New Hampshire as a Conservation Officer for the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game. Bill was stationed in the Seacoast area (Portsmouth), the North Country (Berlin, Erroll, and Milan) and retired from the Department in 1977 from the Lakes Region (Laconia/Gilford). Considered by his peers to be particularly gifted in dealing with the public, Bill helped hunters, fishing enthusiasts, hikers and boaters to enjoy New Hampshire's natural resources and follow the law, while respecting the environment he so loved in order that others could take the same pleasure in the outdoors.
Bill was instrumental in the development of the Group II Retirement System for the benefit of NH police officers and firefighters, as well as in the formation of The NH Conservation Officers Relief Association.
After retiring from Fish and Game, he and his wife Margaret owned and operated Lloyd's Rare Coins in Gilford. Together they were also distributors of Shaklee products. A skilled woodworker, Bill also owned Acorn Woodworking in Laconia, specializing in handcrafted furniture.
To maintain his connection with the people and the outdoors in the North Country, he enjoyed his family's fishing/hunting camps at Cedar Pond, Milan and in Maine. Until shortly before his passing, Bill was an avid salt-water fisherman who had a knack for catching striped bass.
In addition to his zest for the outdoors, Bill was a hockey fan, avidly following the Boston Bruins.
In 1980, Bill re-discovered a latent faith in God, which brought him a large measure of peace in his later years. Along with his sports, computer, and woodworking interests, Bill above all treasured his family, especially doting on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Margaret Turner of Laconia, daughter Brenda Armstrong Williams and her husband Mark, daughter Linda Merrill and her husband Peter of Laconia, and son Mark Turner and his wife Jennifer of Concord. He is also survived by his sister Irene Kolynuk and his brother Jerry, both of Michigan, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
At his request, there will be no calling hours and no public memorial service. Alternatively, Bill would appreciate your participating in "Take a Kid Fishing" day or enjoying the outdoors with your family.
The family would request contributions in his memory to one of the following organizations:
NH Conservation Officers Relief Assoc., c/o James Kneeland, PO Box 692, Bristol, NH 03222
Lakes Region Adult Day Health Care, 17 Church St., Laconia, NH 03246, Genesis Eldercare, 175 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, NH 03246, Community Health and Hospice, 780 N Main St., Laconia, NH 03246
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.