It is with sadness we record the death of the Rev Canon Edgar Turner, Principal Registrar with Connor Diocese.
Canon Turner, who was 96 on March 12, died peacefully on Saturday morning, April 2. His funeral service will take place in St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast, on Thursday April 7 at 12 noon.
Canon Turner served his curacy at All Saints’, Kings Heath, Birmingham, from 1945-1951. He was Dean of Residence at Queen’s University, Belfast from 1951-1958, and was rector of St George’s, Belfast, for 32 years, retiring in 1990.
He was Registrar of Connor Diocese for 24 years and continued to hold the honorary title of Principal Registrar of Connor.
Over the years, Canon Turner served on numerous diocesan and national Church committees and boards. This included 50-years’ work with the Liturgical Advisory Committee and pioneering ecumenical work, including his involvement with the Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association.
Canon Turner was well known in the Church of Ireland, not least for his prodigious knowledge of the Church of Ireland’s canon law and Constitution.
He was a life-long follower of the Northern Ireland international football team, travelling to matches all over Europe, and had been planning to travel to France for the European Cup Finals this summer.
Canon Turner was predeceased by this wife Joan four years ago. He is survived by his son Justin and daughter Kate and sympathy is extended to them and the wider family circle.
A book of essays celebrating Canon Turner’s 90th birthday was published in 2010.