ROBERT ERNEST TURNBULL
Oct. 25, 1914 – Sept. 12, 2003
With his family at his side Bob passed away peacefully at Nicola Valley General Hospital. A long time resident of Merritt Bob is lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Nora; daughter Sue (John) and beloved grandchildren Andrew, Kate and Alison; also survived by sisters Mona and Eileen, and brothers Bert (Irene), and Neil. Bob was born in Regina, Saskatchewan where he attended school and spent his early years. He served in the Canadian Scottish Regiment of the Third Division from 1939 – 1946. Captain Turnbull was wounded in France on D-Day. While stationed in Vernon in 1945 he met the love of his life, Nora Clerke. After the war Bob returned to university. He received his B.S.A. in 1948 and his Master of Education in 1963 from U.B.C. Bob began his long career as a respected educator in Merritt in 1949. He became principal of Merritt Secondary School in 1956. When Bob retired in 1974 he devoted much of his time and energy to community service. Bob served on the Merritt School Board, the Cariboo College Board, the Hospital Board, the Chamber of Commerce, the Court of Revision, the Board of Variance, and was co-ordinator of the N.I.P. and R.R.A.P. programs. Bob was a long time member of the Legion, the Rotary Club, the Curling Club, the Duplicate Bridge Club, and the Golf Club. He was a past Master of Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Shriners. Bob loved his garden, a game of crib or bridge, and, above all, the time spent with his family. Bob continued to show his caring and concern for his loved ones along with the humour that was so characteristic of him to the end. Our appreciation and thanks to Dr. Smit and the excellent staff at Nicola Valley Hospital who cared for Bob in his last weeks. We are very grateful to all the support given by his wonderful friends. No service by request. For those wishing to honour his memory, donations to the British Columbia Lung Association would be appreciated.