CENTER HARBOR — Reuben Elias Turner, Jr. of Center Harbor, N.H. passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2014 after years of battling lung cancer. In the words of his Thoracic Oncologist, surviving stage 4 lung cancer at his age for more than 5 years is amazing. Reuben was a brave and remarkable man.
Reuben was born in Hawkinsville, Ga. on January 24, 1928 as the oldest of three sons. He served in the 702nd Army Air Forces and was awarded a World War II Victory Medal. After his discharge, Reuben attended The University of Georgia where he met his wife of 65 years, Lorraine Newell, of Saco, Maine.
Reuben began a 38 year career with Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1952 as a Sales Representative in Portland, Maine. He later became a go-to Store Manager, charged with revitalizing under-performing stores in Brockton and Worcester Mass.; Reading, Penn., and Hartford, Conn.. In 1965, Reuben was transferred to corporate headquarters in Akron, Ohio as Regional Personnel Manager for the west coast and southern store organizations. Reuben was an active member of the community there, spearheading an effort to found The Hudson Country Club in Hudson, Ohio and actively mentoring the Junior Achievement Club. Reuben's last and longest-tenured position with Firestone was in Miami as Corporate Real Estate Manager for the Florida territory. He retired in 1990.
Reuben and Lorraine were drawn back to New England in 1991 and settled in Moultonborough, N.H. This became the gathering place for their close-knit family where they enjoyed more than 20 happy years on Lake Winnipesauke boating, golfing, and fishing together. Reuben and Lorraine spent winters touring the US in their RV and cruising around the world on the Queen Elizabeth II. Always striving to make life better for others, Reuben was Co-Founder and served as Chairman of the Board of the Lakes Region General Hospital Winnipesaukee Wellness Center in Center Harbor/Moultonborough. He and two good friends organized an annual golf tournament at the Waukewan Country Club to support the center. Reuben was also an active member of the Lion's Club and a strong advocate of the Milfoil Project.
In addition to his wife, Lorraine Turner, Reuben leaves three children, Jane Turner Michael of Concord, Mass., David Turner of Staunton, Va., and Scott Turner of Richmond, Va., two brothers, James Turner of Rome, Ga. and John Turner of Hawkinsville, Ga., nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
The Turner family is especially grateful to the Thoracic Oncology Department of Dana Farber, Boston, Mass., to the Meredith Visiting Nurses Association, and to Mary Ellen McCormack of Pemi-Baker Hospice.
An Open House will be hosted by the Turner family at 13 Tufts Lane in Center Harbor on Wednesday, July 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. Friends wishing to celebrate Reuben's life are welcome. A formal Memorial Service will be held at a later date.