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THOMAS W. H. TURPIN (published on October 16, 2010)



THOMAS W. H. TURPIN Thomas W. H. Turpin passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on October 13th, 2010 in the presence of his loving family. Surviving him is his wife, Elaine, his daughters, Joan Bloxom, Diane (Jack) Spalding, Sandra (Garry) Robins and Gail (Carl) Roberts, seven granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Arthur M. and Annie Turpin, his brother Arthur and two sisters, Kathleen Bartholomew and Isobel Roberts. Tom was born in Winnipeg on January 10, 1916 and grew up in St. James. As a boy, he delivered the Winnipeg Free Press and received a gold watch for perfect service and won numerous sales contests. Tom was fond of sports and was a member of the Deer Lodge Football team which won the Western Canada Junior Championship in 1934. He continued his love of sports by following the Blue Bombers and Brandon Wheat Kings and all his grandchildren's sports endeavors. In 1940, he joined the Army and served in the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps and was transferred to Infantry Corps receiving his commission as Lieutenant. He continued with the 39th Field Regiment (militia) as Captain Paymaster. In 1945, Tom became a member of the Winnipeg Police Department. He served for 12 years and secured many commendations for bravery and good service. In 1957, he joined Federated Mutual Insurance Co. and moved to Brandon. In 1962, Tom became a partner in Barker Insurance Agencies. Tom was president of the Brandon Real Estate Board and was on the executive of the Manitoba Real Estate Association. He was active in St. Matthew's Cathedral and was the Rector's Warden and was on the Vestry for many years. In 1980, Tom retired. He and Elaine spent many happy winters in Mesa, Arizona and summers at Clear Lake. Friends, family and especially grandchildren loved to spend time with them. They traveled all over the world and, in particular, enjoyed their visits with family in New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland. In later years, Tom valued his friendships at Village Green and Victoria Landing. The family thanks the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, BRHA Home Care and Camelot Personal Care for helping to keep Tom healthy in his home. The funeral service will be held at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 403-13th Street, on Monday, October 18th at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Tom, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or a charity of choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.


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