Born in Roxbury, Boston in 1936, a very proud “city boy”, Tom, as he was known in childhood, continued to happilyharken back to his city roots throughout his life. Al left us on May 17, 2021.
In his late teen-aged years, he became known as Al to the outside world. When Al was 18, Frank Sinatra had a top hit, “Young at Heart”. This was obviously Al’s mantra.
Like many his age, Al left high school his senior year and enlisted with the US Army to serve in the Korean War.
Although he was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen McGuirk Turner by 46 years, anyone who knew Al would know that the highlight of his life was meeting, and marrying, Eileen. “She saved me “, he would say.
Al was also preceded in death by many of his family; Father and mother Alfred J. Turner and Mary J. McInnis, his brother Charles Turner and sister Theresa Kalinowski.
Al and Eileen left behind the legacy of family and wisdom. Be happy with who you are (“I’m glad I’m me”) and be grateful (“Life is good”).
Al’s official profession was an accountant. He was an auditor for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the Department of Education, retiring in 1985. He was a private tax preparer for many years, providing the service to many young Kingston families throughout the 70s and 80s.
Al was Kingston’s Town Treasurer from 1983 to 1986.
He and Eileen were instrumental in the organization of Kingston’s first Town hockey teams for the children of Kingston.
Al taught us to never give up on our dreams, obtaining his Master Handwriting Analyst designation in his 70’s.
Al is survived by his wonderful sisters; Mary Pearson and Genevieve Broaderick. He lovingly referred to them as “my beautiful sister Mary” and “the baby”.
He is also survived by his children; Alfred Turner, Michael Turner, Timothy and Julia Turner, Susan and James Munford, and Mark Turner and Helen MacLean, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Al’s most cherished “possessions” were his grandchildren; Stephanie Staples, Christopher and Natasha Munford, Sean Reilly, Jamie Reilly, Liam Reilly, Jacleene Turner, Jayne Turner, Ryan Turner, Paul Linares, Alyssa Feroli, Marina MacLean, Eileen Turner, Joseph Turner, Ryan Ballinger and Olivia Ballinger.
He bragged that he was blessed to meet a new generation, his great-grandchildren; Dahlia Munford, Maveryck Turner, Lucas Garcia, Brady Garcia, Penelope Devine, Nila Hurlbut, and Oliver Devine.
Al had different names and roles throughout his life, but his most loved was Grampie, as he eventually was called by everyone who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held at the Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St, Kingston on Friday, May 21, from 4:00 to 8:00PM. A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 22 at the Shepherd Funeral Home at 10:00AM. Interment and military honors will directly follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Kingston.