Ian Grenfell Turner

Ian Grenfell Turner


Born 04:08:1934

Son of Rev. H. Raymond and Mrs Janey Turner of Auckland, New Zealand.

Ian married Kristeen Joy Turner on 10:05:1958 – daughter of Ronald and Joyce Grubb of Auckland, New Zealand.

Ian was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, but lived the major part of his life in Auckland.

Ian attended Avondale College and Auckland University then trained as a Primary School teacher at Teacher’s College in Mt. Eden. He gained his B.Sc. then started work at Penrose High School, Auckland, New Zealand.

Ian Married Kristeen on May 10th1958 at the Mt. Albert Baptist Church, Mt. Albert, Auckland. New Zealand.

We were married by Ian’s Uncle, the Rev. G. C. Reay.

We lived in Valonia St. Avondale and attended Owairaka Baptist Church.

In 1961 Ian came with Kristeen and (3 weeks old) David to live in Ballarat, Victoria to work at the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries.

Barry was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1963. We attended Pleasant St. Baptist Church, Ballarat until December 1963 when Kristeen and the boys returned to Auckland. Ian joined us for the Christmas break.

Ian returned to Auckland to work at Auckland Technical Institute in April 1964 in the Science Department.

He rose early to be a course supervisor, then Head of the Science Department. Later, he became Deputy Head of the Institute. He worked for almost 30 years at A.T.I./A.I.T/A.U.T.

During that period of time, he obtained his M. Phil in Education at Auckland University.

Ian worked in an honorary way with Auckland Baptist Association and Baptist Union in social work.

Kelvin Ray was born on June 20th 1967.

Ian became ill with kidney failure and later stomach and liver cancer.

We moved to Victoria Point, Queensland on 4th June 2018 to be with our doctor son (Barry) as both Ian and Kristeen needed Barry to care for us.

We became members of Victoria Point Baptist Church, Queensland where we were/are very happy.

Ian was started on Chemotherapy soon after we arrived, which extended his life until recently when he died on 11:4:2020 at the Wynnum Manly, Palliative Care Unit, Queensland.

His wife Kristeen (nee Grubb) and 3 sons, David, Barry, Kelvin, and 3 Grandchildren: Jonathon, Sophie and Johnny have survived him.

Please leave condolence messages in comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Ian Grenfell Turner

  1. Thank you, Kristeen, for such a good photo display in honour of Ian and his family life – and then your joint lives and family together.
    Good memories to keep alive.
    I have just finished re reading your book “A Good Shepherd” – G C Reay. I felt really connected as he was so much in my life too. Your writing covered my growing up years and so much of it was of familiar contacts and experiences.
    Our love to you and your family, as you all adjust to living the years ahead, with out Ian in person, but always in your memory.
    Bob and Lyn Thompson

  2. Condolences from Ross & Carol Turner, son of (David & Lois) Te Awamutu. Ross has just finished reading the great book about Rev. Ray Turners life story. Ross can still vividly remember Uncle Ray & Aunty Janey, even though he was only about 15yrs. old holidaying at Huia. We also have spent time with Mathew & Alison Raymond in Zambia, Alison is Ian’s niece.

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