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Born: Jul 29, 1911

Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2005

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ROSS HOLTBY (HOPE) TURNER 1911 - 2005 Ross Holtby Turner passed away peacefully at the Personal Care Home in Souris, MB on Monday, June 27, 2005 at the age of 93. Hope was born in Carroll, MB on July 29, 1911, the eldest son of John and Elva Turner. He was the loving husband to Emily (nee Hunter); dear father and father-in-law to Jack and his wife Sharon (Pinawa, MB), Wendy (Toronto, ON), Craig and his wife Diane (Okotoks, AB) and Brent (Okotoks); and always the proud and loving grandpa to Devon, Sheena, Josh and Katie. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Ross and Robert; and three sisters, Marion, Verna and Kathleen. Hope grew up on his father's farm just outside of Carroll and went on to successfully operate his own farms in the Carroll area until he and Emily retired to Souris in 1996. When he wasn't out in his own fields, he could be seen atop a tractor or combine helping friends and neighbours with their seeding or harvests. His love of horses was kindled from those early days on his father's farm, when even for their work horses, his father helped him develop a keen eye for a good horse. He purchased his first team of Clydesdales shortly after he and Emily married and began to show them in local fairs. As his hobby grew, he soon had a six-horse hitch and began to show in the bigger fairs in Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon and Toronto from 1949 through 1959. He was well respected in the heavy horse world. Even after he no longer had his own show horses, he was regularly called upon to be judge or ringmaster at events. For many years he helped Jim Poole, first with the Alberta Game Farm hitch and later with the famous Budweiser hitch, taking him to many major events throughout Canada and the United States. Outside of the show ring, he was a staunch supporter of organizations to improve the opportunities for his many friends and fellow competitors in both the heavy and light horse world. He was a Director of the Brandon Provincial Exhibition from 1956 - 1978, serving as President from 1964 - 1967. He was on the Brandon Winter Fair Board for 28 years and served on the committee for the construction of the Keystone Centre. He was a member of the Manitoba Horse Breeders Association and in 1987 received recognition from them for his 40 years of service and fellowship in that organization. In 1979, Hope was made an Honorary Director of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. In 1981 he received the Manitoba Light Horse Association's Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding and dedicated service in equestrian sports. That same year he also received recognition for his support and assistance to the Manitoba 4-H Council and its programs. In 1996 he received the Jim Figol Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Provincial Exhibition. For 40 years he was a member of the Souris and Glenwood Agricultural Society. In 1998 he was made an Honorary Director and Life Member of the Souris and Glenwood Agricultural Society, and later that same year was awarded with an Honorary Life Membership in the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies. One might say after all that that he had really done his part. However, he was always there when called upon by his church and community, friends or neighbours to assist in any way that he could. Hope often said that he had a good life, and that given the chance to do it all over again, he would not change a thing. Funeral services took place on Monday, July 4. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations can send them to the Souris and District Arts Council Inc., in care of Town Hall, Souris, MB R0K 2C0.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 08, 2005

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