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Obituary: Charles Edward Turkington

 

Charles Edward "Ned" Turkington died peacefully at his home in St. Helena on Feb. 7 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 78.

Mr. Turkington was born in San Francisco and lived in Atherton as a youth. His father, Edward Turkington, was a member of the Atherton Town Council and the family belonged to the Menlo Circus Club.

A graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Mr. Turkington received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He had a long career as a stockbroker, retiring from UBS Paine-Webber in 2001.

He had a life-long love of cars and racing, as well as a passion for all sports, say family members. He was member of the Bohemian Club for more than 40 years, and a former member of the downtown Olympic Club of San Francisco.

In his early years, he was active in California Republican campaigns for Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

Mr. Turkington was a former member of the Grace Cathedral board of trustees and was active in the outreach programs of San Quentin Prison and the Delancey Street Foundation. After moving to St. Helena, he was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.

Recently, he was an instigating force behind the book, "For the Glory," the story of the 1924 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal rugby team, of which his father, Edward Turkington, was a member.

He is survived by his wife, Alexandra Alissandratos Turkington; his children, Tom Turkington, Anne Von Feldt, Ted Turkington, and Vittoria d'Aste-Surcouf; his sister Dana Turkington Horner; and six grandchildren.

Donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation may be made in Mr. Turkington's memory.

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