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Cynthia Lynn Turner (nee Barr)

Cynthia Lynn Turner (nee Barr)

Cynthia Lynn Turner (nee Barr) passed away on the morning of the 27th of December 2022 after a difficult hard-fought 4 year battle with ALS.

Cynthia was born on the 17th of October 1964 (her parents’ 5th wedding anniversary) in Scarborough (Ont). She moved with her family to Durban (South Africa) in the mid-70s for 4 years when her father was transferred there. Her mother passed away while in South Africa in 1975 and her father remarried shortly thereafter. The blended family moved to Thunder Bay (Ont) in 1978, but two and a half years later they returned to South Africa, this time in Pretoria. During her first year there, she continued her beloved synchronized swimming training and captured the National High School Championship in 1981.

When the family again moved to Durban, Cynthia attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown where she graduated with a pharmacy degree. While at Rhodes she met her future husband Gareth, and they were married on Gareth’s childhood farm Strawberry Hill in 1990. After their move to Canada, their first son Kai was born in 1996 while living in St. Catharines (Ont) and their second son Kenton in 1998 in Victoria (BC).

After leaving South Africa in the mid-80s, Cynthia worked in drug store retail for the first few years while living in St. Catharines and Sidney (BC) before eventually moving into hospital-based pharmacy practice in Victoria. She enjoyed a very successful career, ultimately becoming a Medication Safety Pharmacist at Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria.

Outside of work, Cynthia enjoyed gardening, home improvements, and exploring the beauty of Vancouver Island through hiking, biking, kayaking, windsurfing, skiing and camping. She had a love of the outdoors, with many happy summers spent on family camping trips in Tofino, Sidney Spit and NitNat, often joined by her brother Darrell and his kids.

But her biggest joy was her boys. As a proud hockey mom, Cynthia encouraged her sons Kai and Kenton in their love of hockey, and supported them in their minor hockey careers.

Cynthia was known for her bright and caring personality, which she shared with her many circles of friends. She was loved by those around her and will be missed dearly.

Cynthia was predeceased by her mother Barbara on the 13th of September 1975, her stepmother Trixie on the 2nd of August 2016, and recently by her father Russell on 28th May 2022. She is survived by her husband Gareth, sons Kai and Kenton, brother Darrell (Lesley), and sisters Katie (Kevin) and Jane (Greg).

A Celebration Of Life is planned for 2:00 Saturday March 18th at Sea Cider Farm (2487 Mt St Michael Rd, Saanichton, BC).


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  • Damone Anderson -

    Cynthia was my colleague at Island Health. Her gentle but poignant impact resonated. My memories were the golf weekends, laughter and bond we created. She was light, the prettiest lady in the room and what a smile. Blessings to her family and the people she touched.

  • Anne Hemsworth -

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person. Although we did not know her well, we do know how huge this loss is and our hearts are broken for you all.

  • Kelly Bull-Tomer -

    Cynthia was an amazing human and will be sorely missed by all those who had the great good fortune to know her. My heart goes out to her family. RIP Cynthia ❤️

  • Kenny Rolfe -

    Dear Gareth, Kia, Kenton and Families on both sides:
    The best times of my life were spent in South Africa with Cynthia and Gareth. It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to Cynthia. Her wonderful smile, her kind and thoughtful nature, her wit and laughter will stay with us forever. Thank you Cynthia for contributing immensely to all of our lives and for making the world a better place. Rest in peace until we meet again. Kenny, Beverley, Lauren and Sarah.

  • Ron Dukes -

    Thank you Gareth for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about Cynthia’s life. I only met her when she was with you in Seattle. She was a wonderful woman and I cannot tell you how saddened we all were on her passing.
    Ron Dukes

  • Sandy Russak -

    Having only known Cynthia through your eyes, Gareth it was wonderful to read about her life here. Thank you for sharing her story so well. This is so heartbreaking and my thoughts and love are with you all. Hoping that in time all those memories of a life well lived will bring comfort and joy. My most sincere condolences.

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