James Ely Turner
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James Ely Turner
  • February 27, 1939 - September 22, 2016
  • Merritt Island, Florida

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James Ely Turner "Jim", 77, of Merritt Island, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. Born February 27, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, Jim moved to Merritt Island in October 2000. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School c/o 1956 before attending and graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Villanova University c/o 1960.
Jim worked for Philadelphia Electric as an engineer for 30 years. He was a talented musician who loved music and played an array of keyboard instruments, as well as flute, saxophone and many others. He was the head of The JT Four, a dance band, for more than 25 years. He enjoyed entertaining in the Philadelphia, Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach areas for many years. A loving father, husband, son, and friend, Jim devoted his life to his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 44 years, Ann Marie Turner, of Merritt Island; three daughters and their families: Julie "Jill" and Mitchell Gittelman and their daughters, Jamie and Reese, all of Salisbury, MD, Lisa and Robert Erling and their daughter Alexandra of Wilmington, NC, and Lara and Jason Gonzalez and their daughter Melody of Cincinnati, OH.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10AM followed by Mass at 11AM at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Merritt Island, FL.