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Paul Turner

Paul Turner


Paul Turner

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Paul A. Turner

Resident of San Jose

Paul went on to glory surrounded by his wife and sons at midnight on June 1st. His wry sense of humor and generous spirit will be sorely missed by family and friends.

A loving father and grandfather, Paul is survived by his wife Mary Ann, two sons David and Steven, daughter-in-laws Titilia and Julie and grandchildren Daniel, Jeremy, and Justin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 11 at Lima Family Mortuary at 11 am.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 8, 2011




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06/08/11 09:51 AM #1    

John Hollis

Paul was truly a brilliant person with a unique, clever, wry way about him.  One day before chorus practice several of us walked into the choir room and there on the blackboard written during lunch, was a hodgepodge of roughly 25 letters or so set forth in three words, the first letter of each word being capitalized.  We learned later that it was Paul's full name, written by Paul using a series of silent consonants and mixed vowell sounds.  It was unintelligible to the average mind, but made absolute sense when explained by Paul...a perfect insight into Paul's persona and his sense of humor.

06/08/11 12:41 PM #2    

Eldon Smith

Paul's intelligence and sense of humor was obvious.  I recently sent him a note expressing my admiration for his ability to use the slide rule in high school.  This device was the  pioneer version of today's high tech.  He will be missed greatly at the 50th.

Eldon Smith

07/10/11 12:03 PM #3    

Herb McLure

Paul was a good friend to Jane and me throughout all these years. From when he toted a slide rule in high school till the end he was insistently and consistently himself, a personality untroubled by convention. We learned something from Paul every time we encountered him. He was lucky in love, had a great family, did work that changed the world and acquired a storehouse of knowledge and skills. He will remain lively and opinionated in our memories, but we will miss his physical presence in our lives.

02/17/21 04:53 PM #4    

Robert A. "Al" Boze

Paul and I were in the same Biology Class and we were teamed up to do a disection of a cat to find placement of organs, etc. When our teacher first informed us that Paul and I would be sharing the disection I immediately felt relieved thinking to myself "What Luck" I've been teamed up with one of smartest guys in the school and I just know he'll want to do the disecting. "NOT" sad. He turned to me and said "Al I cannot do that cutting up of a cat and will you please do that part ?? " Dang it I sure wasn't prepared to hear that but after a little back and forth talk I wound up as the butcher.sad. {{ Whew me no likey butchering }} Anyhow after a bit Paul was right in there { literally } RIP Paul, I enjoyed knowing and working with you. You're in Good Hands now my friend, Al Boze

PS: Paul and I had the only pregnant cat in the class....surprisesurprisesurprise



02/18/21 06:00 AM #5    

Pete Wood

Al Boze's comments triggered memories I have of getting to know Paul much better in the years 2008-10.  We discovered we both had sons who married ladies who were not in the US legally.  Paul knew I worked at the State Dept., so he contacted me for help.  I was able to help to a certain extent, through many e-mails and phone calls.  I hesitate to go into details since this is still such a politically-fraught subject:))

02/19/21 05:41 PM #6    

Chuck Holly

Pete, you did the right thing. I didn't know Paul, but I knew I wasn't on the same plane with him.  It's nice to read the various stories of friendship with Paul.  Sure, everyone knew about his slide rule, but lots of us didn't know him.

02/20/21 03:24 AM #7    

Pete Wood

Well, I can't remember any classroom stories about Paul, but I too was really into math and science, so I might have shared a class or two with him.  The main thing I always knew about him was that he had a very well developed sense of humor.  At every one of our reunions I always spent time talking with him.  He always seemed to have interesting things to say.

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