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Dr. John Calhoun Turner, of Key West, Florida, died peacefully in hospice care in his daughter's home in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
Dr. Turner was the beloved husband of Rosina Lombardo and father of Lisa Turner of Boulder, Colorado and of Pamela Turner Abdalla of Pittsburgh. Dr. Turner's devoted grandchildren include Alexandria Abdalla, Omar Abdalla, Aidan O'Brien Turner, and Gabriella Abdalla.
Dr. Turner, born in Fair Bluff, North Carolina, Sept. 9, 1931 was the first-born of four children.
He is preceded in death by siblings, Nell Turner Kullberg and Marcus Sharp Turner and his beloved surviving sister, Jean Pate (Rev. R. Bruce Pate), with him at his death, lives in Lake Juna Luska, North Carolina.
Dr. Turner graduated from Duke Medical School and returned to his hometown, Fair Bluff, as a general medical practitioner before marrying Adeline Brady and moving to Washington, D.C. as an officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Turner continued his military service, rising to the rank of Major as an Army physician stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, before moving to Fairmont to establish his lifelong radiology practice, Radiological Consultants Association. He served as Chief of the Radiology Department at Fairmont General Hospital for many years and trained many devoted radiology technicians in his own home.
When Dr. Turner retired from Radiological Consultants Association in 1990, his outstanding service as an Interventional Radiologist culminated in dedication of the Fairmont General Hospital's new Radiology Wing in his honor. He continued to practice Radiology in the Lower Keys Hospital in Key West for many years. He also practiced Radiology as a private consultant and volunteered his services as a physician for human trafficking victims while on a visit to the UAE.
Dr. Turner and his first wife, Adeline, retired to Key West, Florida in 1990; Adeline died of a pulmonary embolism in January 2011.
Dr. Turner married his surviving spouse, Rosina Lombardo, on Aug. 1, 2015 and was joyously embraced by her family and extended family and friends. The couple enjoyed a brief but beautiful interval of travel and celebrated companionship before Dr. Turner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2018.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Turner was faithfully active in Arcturus, a men's group dedicated to the pursuit of higher knowledge, and frequently lectured on various topics for the group. He attended the Arcturus annual Gala the evening before his hospitalization, enjoying the fellowship and friendship of his many beloved Arcturus friends and colleagues.
Following a brief hospitalization at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, he enjoyed six days of peace in home hospice care surrounded by family and friends before succumbing peacefully on Feb. 8, his own mother's birthdate.
A memorial service was held in celebration of Dr. Turner's beautiful life at Pittsburgh's Calvary Episcopal Church on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. A memorial service will be held in the basilica in which Dr. Turner and Rosina were married, St. Mary's Star of the Sea, in Key West on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. A memorial service and interment of ashes will take place at a date and time to be determined in Fair Bluff, North Carolina.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made in Dr. Turner's name to the Salvation Army, 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or c/o Donna Fencik, Western Pennsylvania Salvation Army, 700 North Bell Avenue, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 742 Carnegie, PA 15106.
Published on February 17, 2018
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