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Alan Turner

Alan Turner passed away peacefully on March 21, 2024 at Montreal’s Hopital du Sacre-Coeur, surrounded by his three surviving children. Born in Birmingham, England in 1930, he was the youngest of four children. He stood out academically, winning scholarships to King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and then Oxford University, where he majored in French and Spanish. In addition to academics, Alan was athletically gifted, competing on school track & field, football (soccer) and rugby teams.

While at Oxford, he met his first wife, Joy Pryke. They married in 1953 and set off to see the world together. Their first son Mark (now deceased) was born in England in 1954. Brett came next in 1956 while they were in Manly, Australia, where Alan worked in insurance. After a brief return to England, it was off to Africa, where Alan worked in imports/exports and daughter Nicola was born in 1959. Again a brief return to England, then the Caribbean called to them. They moved to Jamaica, then the Turks & Caicos islands and eventually the Bahamas. It was in the Bahamas that their marriage fell apart and they divorced.

Alan met his second wife, Patrcia Ferreira in Freeport, Grand Bahama where they married in 1967. They soon moved together to the Cayman Islands where both worked in the banking sector. Son Christopher was born in 1974 while they were there. Not long after, however, the bank they were working for collapsed, wiping out their savings. Looking for stability and a fresh start, they moved to Canada in 1976. Alan joined the Canada Permanent Trust company in Toronto, and his job eventually moved the family to Fredericton and then Halifax, where they lived for many years. Alan retired in 1995, and Patricia died in 2013. Alan remained in Halifax until the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020 when he moved to Montreal to live with his youngest son Christopher.

Alan played tennis until age 89, and was an avid bridge player from the age of 10 until the day he died. He kept his mind sharp doing cryptic crosswords, and his body fit by walking an hour a day. He will be missed by his surviving children Brett (Cecilia), Nicola, Christopher (Jean-Francois), his grandchildren Devon, Amanda (Jon), Brendan, Kelsey, Morgan, and Tamsin, his great-grandchildren, his niece and nephews in England, and his friends in Halifax and Montreal.

A private memorial service for his family will be held on April 6th. A donation in memory can be made to the Montreal Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation.

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