Dr. William Partridge Turner was born on November 24th, 1912 at the Public General Hospital in Chatham, Ontario. His parents were William Wesley Turner and the former Bessie Taylor. His father was a “druggist” and his mother was raised in Wallaceburg, Ontario. His mother’s brother was Dr. Harry Alexander Taylor and he practiced medicine in Wallaceburg. Dr. Turner had an older sister named Aileen and a younger sister named Ruth. He was educated at Queen Mary Public School and Chatham Collegiate Institute in Chatham.
Dr. Turner graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1939 and opened his family medical practice at 274 King St. in Chatham.
Dr. Turner married Elizabeth Joyce Weaver of Toronto on the 17th of May, 1941 in St. Catharines, Ontario. She was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the 3rd of April, 1910, the daughter of Dr. Walter John Weaver and the former Emily Gertrude Dibblee. Her father was born in England,but graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Toronto in 1896. He set up his practice in Fredericton and married Mrs. Turners mother, on the 17th of August, 1904. It is presumed that she died some time after the birth of Mrs. Turner. Dr. Weaver moved his practice to Niagara Falls and married Jessie Burgess Geary on the 19th of December, 1918, when Mrs. Turner was 8 years old. Dr. and Mrs. Weaver had a son Robert born around 1921 and a daughter Emily Grace born around 1923.
Dr and Mrs. Turner had two children, Jane and Bill.
Dr. Turner served with the Canadian Army during WWII. He saw active duty in North Africa, Italy and Northwest Europe. He received the rank of Major in November of 1944. Dr. Turner was discharged in January of 1946 and he returned to his practice in Chatham.
Dr. Turner was a member of Park Street United Church and the Masonic Lodge.
Dr. Turner died on the 19th of July, 1991. Mrs. Turner died on the 25th of January, 1994. They are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*Dr. William Partridge Turner is also featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.
**Dr. Harry Alexander Taylor is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.