The life Dr. John James Turner loved came to an end in the early morning of April 27, 2022. The people most cherished in John’s life were his family: his wife, Maureen; his sons, Marcus (wife Brenda, children Lauren and Alex), Greg (wife Kim, children Shelby and Wyatt) and Zachary (wife Linda); and his daughter, Gretchen (husband Clark, children Maggie and Quinn).
John had a vast network of friends that he loved and admired, and colleagues that he deeply respected. He rarely let any member of his network go, making sure to keep in touch with everyone. He enjoyed a rich professional life, practicing medicine until a week before the end of his life. John also initiated the TWH Journal Club, which enriched his knowledge of the profession he so enjoyed. John’s hobbies of choir, violin, mandolin, piano, gardening, journalling, reading, jewelry making, and travelling kept him busy and introduced him to many contacts who became dear friends. Journalling his many trips kept his memories of both the places he’d been and the people he met fresh at hand.
With multitudes of interests, John was also a spiritual man who enjoyed studying the Bible. Everything John did, he did with exuberance and joy. He loved to say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” and he lived every day of his life trying to prove himself wrong.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the charity of your choice, or to the Dermatology Department at Toronto Western Hospital, which can be made through the Herbert Haberman Dermatology Endowment at 416-603-5800, ext. 5300.