Robert Turnbull

Obituary of Robert Turnbull

Robert Turnbull of Beesleys Point, NJ, died peacefully at home with his family on July 14, 2013 at the age of 92. He was one of ten children of Julia Regina Keyes and William Hamilton Turnbull. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Eileen Turnbull (nee Smith) of Beesleys Point, NJ; three children: Mark of Dale City, VA; Carey (Claudia) of Bar Harbor, ME; Jeffrey of Fairfield, IA; son-in-law Andrew Edlin of Fairfield, IA; and four grandchildren: Devon (Kassandra) and Kimberly Turnbull of Brooklyn, NY; and Holly and Zachary Edlin of Fairfield, IA. His daughter Susan "Lee" Edlin greeted him on the other side. Robert served in the Marine Air Wing in World War II, rose to the rank of Technical Sergeant, and flew in dive-bombers in the Pacific Theater, stationed on Johnston Island, Bougainville, and Guadalcanal. When the war ended, he became a Captain in the United States Air Force ROTC at Lehigh University. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh and an M.B.A. from Long Island University. His career as Manager of the Engineering Department with the Long Island Rail Road spanned 26 years, during which he held numerous chairmanships in national railroading organizations and was listed in Who's Who in Railroading in America. After he retired from the railroad, he returned to the New Jersey seashore where he became a real estate developer, designed and built a solar home, and was a director at a local bank. He was active with a number of local organizations (Senior Warden of Christ Episcopal Church in Somers Point; President of the Linwood Seniors; President of Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Greater Atlantic City Chapter; among others). Robert was a natural leader and comedian, with a deep-seated sense of family, history and service. He was a passionate artist who won blue ribbons for his paintings in county and state art shows. The fifth of ten children, his wise counsel earned him the respect of his six brothers and three sisters. A memorial service will take place in September at Christ Church, Somers Point, NJ. Burial will follow at The Seaside Cemetery, Marmora, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For condolences to the family, please visit
A Memorial Tree was planted for Robert
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