Friday, 12 November 2010

30: Bob Turnbull

The London Free Press has lost a former 44-year veteran in the death of C.R. "Bob" Turnbull on Monday. He was 93.

Turnbull was president of the newspaper when he retired in 1985, says an LFP obit. The London City Press Club honoured him in September for his contribution to photography.

He went from paper carrier to president of the London Free Press. Unable to serve in the Second World War because he was blind in one eye since birth, Turnbull became a photographer for the newspaper in 1941 and throughout the war was the paper's only photographer. Eventually others were added and he became chief photographer and head of the photography department when it was created in 1963. Three years later he became production manager, director of operations in 1975, general manager in 1981 and newspaper president in 1983 until his retirement at age 66 in 1985. On his retirement, he told friends and family "I have been an extremely lucky guy."

Turnbull's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London.  Interment in Oakland Cemetery, Glencoe, Ontario.

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