Staff and students in the Coast Mountains School District are mourning the loss of long-serving trustee Gary Turner.
A statement issued by the school district Monday says Turner, who was in his sixth term as School Trustee, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 2nd in Terrace.
District 82 Board Chair Art Erasmus says Turner took on his 15 years as trustee with passion and devotion, adding “Gary made regular visits to his liaison schools and served on the Business and Budget Working Committees for the Board of Education. He made a difference in our school district communities and played an essential role in the lives of thousands of students.”
A Celebration of Life for Gary will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Knox United Church located at 4907 Lazelle Avenue in Terrace. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Terrace/Thornhill Animal Shelters or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Erasmus says in honour of Turner’s contribution to public education in District 82 communities, schools in his home communities of Terrace and Thornhill will close at lunch so students and staff can attend the Celebration of Life.