HARTFORD — A memorial service for Francis H. Turner, 86, who died July 13 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with his family by his side, will be held at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ on Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. Committal services will be held at the Hartford Cemetery.
He was born March 15, 1927 in Manchester, N.H., and grew up on the Home Acres farm in Quechee, with his mother Mabel (Turner) and step-father Albert Atwood.
Francis worked delivering milk before graduating from Hartford High School in 1946. After graduation Francis worked at Flanders and Patch for 25 years, first as a mechanic and later became the Parts Manager. In 1976 he started his own shop on Costello Road in Quechee where he serviced cars for over 40 years. Francis especially enjoyed oil undercoating cars and visiting with his many loyal customers. He was known as the “King of Oil Undercoating” in the Upper Valley. He loved to be outdoors working whether he was at the farm, garage, home, or at the family camp.
When he wasn’t working on cars, Francis enjoyed farming and was proud of keeping the family farm a working farm where he raised Angus cattle for many years. Regardless of his busy schedule in the garage or on the farm, he was always willing to lend a helping hand to his many friends and neighbors. Francis was a living embodiment of “Vermont Strong.” He was the first “Super Senior” featured on the WCAX series on retirees.
In his free time, Francis enjoyed traveling with family around the country, visiting the coast of Maine, and spending time at the family camp in North Haverhill, N.H. He had a very special bond with his grandson Aidan and enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren, family, and friends.
True to his compassionate and generous nature, Francis was always willing to serve his community as a volunteer of the White River Junction Fire Department, deacon and parishioner at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Hartford Library.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan (Marceau) Turner of Hartford; a daughter, Katherine A. Gaudette, her husband Kip and grandson Aidan of Quechee; step-grandchildren, Brynne, Chase and Colton Gaudette of Pittsfield, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara; son, John; mother, Mabel; and stepfather, Albert.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Kurn Hattin Home, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, 05158 or the Upper Valley Haven, 745 Hartford Avenue, White River Jct. 05001.
Condolences may be expressed to Francis’ family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the July 18, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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