William George Turton

Male 1930 - 2013  (83 years)


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  • Name William George Turton 
    Born 1930 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jun 2013  Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2156  Default
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2020 

    Father William Joseph Turton,   b. 1899, West Haugham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Baxter,   b. 1899,   d. 1984  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 30 Dec 1925 
    Notes 
    • Huron 1925 #12211-25 William Joseph TURTON, 27, farmer, West Haugham - Kent England, Colborne twp., s/o Samuel TURTON (b. England) & Jane SWAIN, married Mary Elizabeth BAXTER, 35, Ashfield twp., Colborne twp., d/o George BAXTER (b. Canada) & Charlotte REID, witn: Cecil BAXTER of RR#5 Goderich & Edith WHILES of Weston, 30 Dec 1925 at Colborne twp

      William Joseph TURTON & Mary Elizabeth BAXTER are buried in the BAXTER/TURTON plot in the older section (last gate East on your right side)of the Colborne Cemetery north of Goderich.
    Family ID F702  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
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    Last Modified 10 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F1008  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    George Turton
    George Turton
    working in his basement work shop 30 May 2007
    William George Turton
    William George Turton
    1929-10 Jun 2013

  • Notes 
    • "Turton triumphs over disability with positive attitude" by – Ben Forrest, Goderich Signal-Star staff, 30 May 2007.
      Seventy-seven year old George Turton pushes his wheelchair out of the kitchen of his Goderich-area home and to the right then down a hallway before hanging a left. Before long he is lodged in a large cavity that would resemble a closet if there were anything in it. He invites you to stand next to him, then instructs you not to lean against the wall. Quickly a button is pushed, and the floor begins moving downward, wobbling slightly. It occurs to you that this is not an empty room without a purpose. It’s a makeshift elevator, making its way uneasily into Turton’s basement. The basement is where Turton has his “fun” he says, down amongst a lathe and a number of other tools.
      Turton uses one room here to craft a number of projects that have been dispersed to a number of countries around the globe. In a living area nearby he stores them and speaks easily about the finer details of many of his creations. It is difficult to view this collection without becoming impressed, but this is not the most remarkable thing about George Turton. On May 24, 2007, Turton passed an important milestone: 55 years exactly of living without the use of his lower body. Turton was 22 years old on May 24, 1952 when he was helping to build a house. He lost his balance, fell on a rafter and then plummeted eight feet to the ground, rendering him a paraplegic. It didn’t even knock the wind out of me” he said recently, “but it crushed three vertebrae in my back and my spinal cord”. Surgery ensured he would be able to sit up, but he would never walk again. “I guess I was disappointed, but I wasn'’t depressed” he said when asked how the injury affected him. “When I went to Toronto (to a rehabilitation facility) I saw some there who were a lot worse off then I.” Turton wanted to become a farmer, but entered the insurance business, where he stayed until retiring about 12 years ago. He and his fiancée at the time of the accident never married, but Turton thinks it was for the best. While attending business college he met a woman named Antonia, who he calls “Toos”, and she later became his wife (in 1958). She is “second to none” Turton said. Surprisingly enough, I think most of it’s attitude,” he said when asked how he overcame his disability. “I think rather than trying to blame somebody or something, I just went ahead as though it hadn'’t happened”. I don’t think about being in a wheelchair”, he continues “In fact, if I'’m someplace and somebody else comes in a chair I feel a little uncomfortable. I never feel uncomfortable around anybody else, but why it’s like that, I don’'t know” Turton said he never applied for a disability cheque, much less accepted one. He also became a father, adopting – with Antonia, –a boy, named Ed and a girl, named Heather. Ed went on to become a doctor and worked for a time in the hospital in Goderich. Turton has managed to see much of the world, taking lengthy vacations to places like Alaska and the Northwest Territories. In a situation where Turton might have been forgiven for letting the world walk all over him, the opposite has occurred. Whether in a wheelchair or behind the wheel of a car, George Turton has, in a sense, walked all over the world. Ref: Goderich Signal-Star, May 30, 2007.

      On Saturday, July 19, 2008, the children of George & Antonia Turton held an open house at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Suncoast Drive, Goderich, ON celebrating their parents 50th wedding anniversary. Ref: Goderich Signal Star, Jul 2008.


    • Obituary; TURTON, William George - William George Turton, in his 84th year, was received peacefully into the hands of our Lord. His wife of 55 years, Antonia, was at his side. Lovingly remembered by his children Dr. Ed Turton and Heather Turton. Grandfather of Taylor, Bridgett, Cade and Melissa. Also survived by 6 sister in-laws, 6 brother in-laws and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents William & Mary Turton (nee Baxter) and sisters Evelyn Leppington and Ethel Etue. George worked in the insurance business for 42 years. He also enjoyed wood working and participated in many craft shows. Funeral Home visitation took place on Wednesday June 12, 2013 from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm at the McCALLUM & PALLA FUNERAL HOME, 11 Cambria Road North, Goderich. Funeral Service was held on Thursday June 13, 2013 at 11:00 am from the Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 56 North Street, Goderich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army (Mission to Malawi) or to the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital are greatly appreciated by the family. Friends and family may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca