Obituary of Gordon H. Turnbull
Gordon Harvard Turnbull
April 2, 1938 – October 9, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gordon Harvard Turnbull announces his sudden passing on October 9 th in Markham at the age of 85. Gordon was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1938. He graduated top of his class from Gas Technology at Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1960. He was Vice-President of the frat and an editor for the Instrument Society of America Club. Several years later he completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at The University of Toronto. During his career as a Professional Engineer at Ontario Hydro he worked at headquarters in Toronto, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station as section manager plant design and for Atomic Energy of Canada in Romania on the CANDU reactor for two years, specializing in Safety Systems.
His great passions in life were spending time with his family, travelling, boating, coaching and volunteering. His favorite activities being hockey, curling, boating and fishing, sailing and golf. He was a passionate Toronto Maple Leaf’s and Toronto Blue Jays fan.
Gordon’s memory will forever be cherished by his loving wife, Joann of 64 years, his daughters Linda (Bob) and Catherine (RJ), his sons Derek and Graham (Wendy), his grandchildren Steven and Andrew (Amanda), Julia and Yvie, Luke, Nicholas and Katelyn, his great grandchildren Jeremy, Kendra and Kyelle, and siblings Harvard and Teresa. Gordon is predeceased by his mother Bertha, his father John and his brother Brian.
A Celebration of Life will take place at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street, North, Markham on Thursday, October 19 th from 4 – 6p.m., with special remarks commencing at 5 p.m. A private burial at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery will take place the following day.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to The Children’s Wish Foundation or Markham Stouffville Hospital.
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