Served Aboard: 1965-1967
September 25, 2010
George Russell Turmail (Russ), a 31 year veteran of the Bank of Boston, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away suddenly from the recent onset of a rare form of pneumonia on September 25th.Mr. Turmail, 68, of Marshfield was born in Indianapolis and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1964 and later received his MBA from Boston University. Mr. Turmail served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy aboard the U.S.S. Hull which was stationed in San Diego and deployed to Vietnam.Mr. Turmail was a high school sports stand-out at Horton Watkins H.S. (Ladue H.S.) in St. Louis, where he was All Conference in both Football and Soccer and was awarded a scholarship to play football at Dartmouth. Mr. Turmail's excellence in music, sports and student leadership led him to earn the Ladue High School's first Most Outstanding Student Award. At the Bank of Boston, Mr. Turmail started in the management training program and quickly rose to the position of Vice President, where he was called upon to troubleshoot banking issues throughout New England. During his tenure at the Bank of Boston, Mr. Turmail was a branch and project manager who led transition teams as the bank went through mergers and acquisition phases. Upon retirement in 1997, Mr. Turmail took to life by the ocean where he perfected the fine art of grand parenting passing along his deep love of sports, music and nature to his eleven grandchildren rarely missing an event. He deeply enjoyed teaching them about a wide range of topics whether it was woodworking, sailing, math or even identifying planets on a clear night during a regular Saturday night beach cook-out.Together with his wife Judy, he became an activist and leader in the preservation of open land. He was involved with many volunteer groups where he worked extensively to keep others comfortable and was always eager to help anyone who asked for help. Russ was a passionate person who had love for nature, family and his community. Mr. Turmail leaves his wife of 27 years, Judith (Parker) Turmail of Marshfield, MA, his mother, Virginia Turmail, 94 of Kirkwood, MO., and is also survived by three daughters, Karin Burgess, husband John and Kristin Freundlich both of Framingham, MA and Perrin Montalto of Holliston, MA, as well as three stepsons Mark Tedeschi of Hingham, Peter Tedeschi of Cohasset, MA and Paul Tedeschi of Cohasset, MA. He also leaves eleven grandchildren, Luke, Drea, Brittany, Trevor, Talia, Taylor, Justin, Brendan, Cameron, Jackson, and Owen. Mr. Turmail also leaves two younger brothers, James of Florissant, MO., and Douglas of Munster, IN.A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the North Community Church, 72 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills, MA 02051. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Jett Foundation, 42 Elm St, Kingston, MA 02364.
Rusty was a graduate of Dartmouth University where he was a soccer player among many other things. He received his MBA from Boston University and became a vice-president of the Bank of Boston. He was a native of Missouri but spent most of his life in New England and retired to Cape Cod in 1997. His wife, Judy, still resides in New England and enjoys her 11 grandchildren.
Rich Burns Ltjg '63- '65