May 20, 1950- August 16, 2013
Charles Turner was born in London, England on the 20th of May, 1950. He passed away on Friday the 16th of August, 2013 doing what he loved. We are comforted to know that his last act was to try and reach out to press the emergency button.
Charles began his interest in the outdoors growing up in England and camping in Wales with his family. He traveled the world, climbing mountains and sharing his passion. Charles accomplishments in mountaineering included successful assents of Aconcagua and Mount Kilimanjaro; climbing all mountains over 6000 feet on Vancouver Island; completing all 20 lifetime climbing objectives with the Island Mountain Ramblers and completing the Island Qualifiers with the Alpine Club of Canada. He had many adventures including skiing and climbing Baffin Island in the winter and phoning home from Nepal to ask if he needed to bring his skis, broken by a yak rolling on them in the Himalayas, to show the insurance company.
Charles was an inspiration and a hero, especially to young people and his kids; introducing many to the joys of the outdoor world. He was an expert mountaineer, telemark skier and amazing and loving father. He will be eternally missed by his two children, Joe and Maddy, his son-in-law, Tim and all his family and friends. We miss you Charles and we will always love you. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.
Charles would like to continue inspiring people to enjoy the outdoors so if you would like to commemorate him, please send a donation to the Friends of Strathcona Park in his name.