TURNER, J. Patricia

March 7, 1931 – June 14, 2017


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Pat Turner, mother to Monika (Wallis Smith), Cat, and Diana (Ken Kay), grandmother to Jordan and Jazmyn Kay, and aunt to sister Brenda’s children: Christopher, Derek, Jenny and James, and sister–in-law Rose Turner and aunt to Susan and Valerie, sister–in-law to Marion Foster and aunt to Anita, Ron, Rose, Cec, Marilyn, and Marina and their families.

Pat was born in Montreal to Harry and Violet (Pat) Caplan and her sister Brenda was born four years later.  Pat attended Montreal West High School, then continued her studies at Queens University and completed her B.A. Honours Degree from Sir George Williams (Concordia). Pat worked with her sister in England as a mathematician where she met and married Ralph Jack Turner, who then emigrated to Canada and moved to Montreal where they gave birth to Monika, Catherine, and Diana two years and one month apart.   Moving in 1965 to Mississauga, Ontario, Pat continued her studies earning a B.Ed. from U of T and began teaching High School English at Milton District High School. In 1980, Pat and Ralph divorced and after a short stint selling antiques in Cobourg, Ont., Pat moved west to Calgary where after a range of careers, ended as an accountant for Petro-Canada.  In 1984 Pat was most fortunate to meet and fall in love with Donald Wallace Cooper and become part of his incredible family.  They were happily together until his death in 2003.  In 2010, Pat lost her sister Brenda.  Pat spent the best part of the past three years living independently at Trinity Lodge and developed many good friendships there.

Pat’s family and extended family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the thoughtful expressions of love and kindness by relatives and friends during their time of loss and bereavement.

Rather than a service, as per Pat’s request, the family will be spreading her ashes in the same place as Don’s ashes are to reunite them in peace. Memorial donations made be made in Pat’s name to a charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the kind and caring teams at Rockyview Hospital and Chinook Care Center in Calgary and Larry and his team at Cochrane Country Funeral Home for all their assistance.


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  1. On June 16, 2017 at 5:45 pm Rose & Gary Said:

    Hi Cat, Very sorry to hear about your Mom. Please let us know if we can help you in any way, or if you would like to come for a visit.

  2. On June 17, 2017 at 1:25 am Rose and Val Said:

    Many happy memories.
    Our thoughts are with you all.

  3. On June 21, 2017 at 5:28 pm Susan Coveyduck Said:

    Dear Cat and Family,

    While I never knew your mom, I do know one of her daughters super well…and she is a super fantastic person! I can only imagine what a wonderful person your mom was. Please accept my most sincerest condolences.

  4. On June 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm Bonnie Bilcox Said:

    Dear Cat,
    I am saddened to hear of your beloved mother’s passing. The days ahead will be difficult hold close those treasured memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers…Big hugs, my friend.

  5. On June 22, 2017 at 10:56 am marion Foster Said:

    I am really going to miss Pat. I always enjoyed spending time with her, one of my “Chosen Sisters”
    Sincere condolences to all her family.

  6. On June 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm Keith & Marg Walker Said:

    WE are so sorry to hear about loosing Pat. We thought a lot or her. She was so good to Don during his illness.They were good together and we were always so glad that he had her in his life.

  7. On June 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm Christine Hurlbut Said:

    Fond memories of Pat and her enthusiasm for the Richard III Society.

  8. On October 9, 2017 at 8:51 am Mary Simon-Johnston Said:

    I am so saddened to hear this. Pat was a client of mine for many years. I will miss our chats and her advice for me. My children cherish the “Humpty Dumpty” toy she made them as well as her talented knit pieces. She will be very fondly remembered and greatly missed. My sincere sympathy and best wishes for her family.

  9. On October 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm Paul Dickson Said:

    Dear Monika, Cat and Diana
    So sorry to learn of your Pat’s passing.
    I have many fond memories of her and am pleased to have known here.

  10. On October 29, 2018 at 3:22 pm Brenda Robertson Said:

    Dear Monika, Cat and Diana, My sincere condolences on your Mom’s passing. Pat and I met many moons ago at Petro-Canada. I have to tell you that her and I spent many hours enjoying dim sum lunches at the Silver Dragon ~ she was the kind of friend who could make me laugh out loud ~ best times. I moved back to ontario so we lost track of each other but I thought of her often. I knew her too when she was married to Don – what a wonderful couple they made… I am glad that they are together again,
    – Brenda Robertson xo