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Edward Wayne Turner

A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. at The First Church of Deerfield

Edward Wayne Turner


Edward Wayne Turner, age 89, died on November 26, 2017. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Jean Pitman Turner, and his three daughters: Wendy Jean Turner of Columbus, Ohio; Leslie Ann Turner her wife, Paula Cassano, of Fremont, California; Amy Adams Turner, her partner, Melanie Houston, and their son, Alexander Turner, of Aurora, Colorado; and brother Wilson Reese Turner of Crimea.


Born to Isabel (Mason) and Edgar P. Turner, Wayne graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1950. He was a member of several honor societies: Tau Beta Pi, (engineering), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Sigma Tau (engineering), and Alpha Chi Sigma (chemistry). He also played flute in the marching and concert bands at the University.


After graduation in 1950, Wayne was employed by the General Electric Co. of Pittsfield, MA then with DeBell & Richardson, Inc. in Hazardville, CT. By making this career move Wayne met the love of his life, Jean Pitman. They married in May of 1954, and Wayne entered the Army just ten days later. During the first two years of service, their first child was born. Following his military service, the young family moved to Somers, Connecticut, where they welcomed two more daughters into the family.


In 1968, Wayne decided that he would like to become more connected with people, rather than with things and processes. For the next 10 years, Wayne taught chemistry and physics at Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, MA. As Wayne often said, “The Deerfield students were expected to grasp the chemistry course in one year; it took me ten!” By then he was ready for another change, and was offered a position as a development engineer at Hardigg Industries in South Deerfield (now Pelican Industries). After 15 years at Hardigg Industries (and several patents), Wayne retired.

Throughout his life, and during retirement, Wayne enjoyed choral singing and working in many capacities for his church. A new organ was installed at the church and Jean and Wayne were major donors who helped make this possible. Wayne’s church family was always dear to him. He also enjoyed working with people of many different cultures at the Center for New Americans (CNA). He was also involved with Habitat for Humanity over the years.

A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Doctors without Borders, USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741 and online at: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org, to The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, Deerfield, MA 01342, or to one’s charity of choice.

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