Roger W. Turner, Sr., 86
Roger Winslow Turner, age 86, died peacefully on August 24, 2013, surrounded by his loving son Roger, daughter-in-law Maryanne, his sister Carol, her husband Gerry, grandson Andrew, and his loving friend and tireless helper Ruta and her children. His sense of humor and irreverence were never diminished, nor was his USMC doggedness.
Roger was born in 1927 to Carl and Catherine (Cassidy) Turner in Nashua, NH. Subsequently, they moved to New London, CT where Roger attended grade school. High school was completed at Kent School, where he graduated as senior prefect (Class of ’45), maintaining lifelong ties with his classmates and his friends at the Kent alumni association.
Upon graduation from Kent, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for the duration of WWII. Upon discharge from the USMC, (PFC ret.) Roger attended Yale University on the G.I. Bill with numerous other military veterans — making his education most colorful, apparently, and graduating in 1951.
While working at Olin Industries Winchester Division in New Haven, CT, he ran into an old friend who was restoring an old Maine-built ketch to good health, and gave him a hand. Eventually quitting his job to join in an extended cruise, that took them down into the West Indies, through the Panama Canal and to the Galapagos Islands. They returned via South America, Jamaica, and Haiti to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where Roger lived for six years operating his sport-fishing vessel “Corsair” and numerous charter sailing vessels.
In 1956, Roger married his first wife, Eloise Sahlen, and son, Roger, was born in Charlotte Amalie in 1957. In 1959, he returned to New York City, where he worked at Radio Press and Strauss Broadcasting. Roger and Eloise separated in the early 60s.
And in 1965, his career shifted into advertising as a copywriter and creative director (Ogilvy & Mather, FF & S, and Caribiner &c.). It was also in 1965, that he met the love of his life, Marjorie Jacob. They spent 43 years together, dividing their time between New York City and “The Barn” in Wilton, CT. Marjorie and Roger retired happily to Wilton in the late 80s, became members of the Wilton Library Association, zealously completed the New York Times crossword, took the periodic ocean cruise, and enjoyed the tranquility of Connecticut.
Roger is predeceased by his wife, Marjorie. Surviving Roger are his son, Roger W. Turner, Jr. and his wife, Maryanne and grandson, Andrew. His sister Carol Hidlay Depo and her husband Gerry Depo, and nephews Skip, Jim, and Doug Hidlay and their families. Brother-in-law Charlie Jacob, his wife Sally, and nieces Kate McKay and Lisa Jacob, and their families, and nephew, Bill Jacob.
Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Wilton, CT and the Alzheimer’s Association.