William “Brian” Turnbull

    William Harry Brian Turnbull passed away peacefully on the morning of September 22nd, 2021, shortly after his 84th birthday. Brian will be remembered fondly by family and many friends from a happy well-rounded life.  Brian leaves behind his brother Keith and nephew Todd.  His lineage lives on through the children he had with Eleni: Johanna, Jessica, and Andrew, and his grand-children Ryzoh, Lukkas, Jazzmyn and Dahlia.  Jessica’s husband and step daughter, Chad and Sierra Clinansmith, also dearly looked up to Brian. Brian served The City of Waterloo, Ont. as Mayor for 9 years following several terms on city council. He was a respected leader who united communities and cities. Brian was a keen traveller and loved to spend his retirement winters in the temperate mountains of Cafayate, Argentina, where vineyards meet the Andes mountains. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the dedicated staff at Riverview Gardens. A celebration of Brian’s life will be arranged at a later date.  Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society.


14 Comments on “William “Brian” Turnbull”

  1. Dear, Johanna, Jessica, Andrew, Keith, Todd, Ryzoh, Lukkas, Jazzmyn and Dahlia. And Jessica’s husband and step daughter, Chad, Sierra and Clinansmith; I had the pleasure of working with Brian in his capacity as Mayor as I started my own journey in Politics. He was not afraid to make decisions and he was not afraid of taking risks. I thoroughly enjoyed the good times I spent with him (he being accompanied by the late Andrew Telegdi)…Not sure if I was the first to introduce him and Andrew to Jamaican style Oxtail Soup (so many fond memories). He was here, and he did a lot of positive things for Waterloo and the Waterloo Region Community. His legacy will live on. May he Rest In Peace.

    Mike Ramsay
    Trustee, Kitchener

  2. My Dad, Bob Marsh, and Brian were friends from the University of Guelph and I think they each recognized a bit of a kindred spirit in each other. We did many activities together as families and it was always fun to watch the two of them chat over a glass of whiskey. When I was just starting my engineering career and doing a very small project for the City of Waterloo, I happened to run into Brian at City Hall. There was his brilliant smile and a warmth to his greeting that made my day. I know he had many other things to attend to but he took the time to chat and that I think was one of Brian’s character traits, he made time for people and to hear about what they were doing.
    My condolences on your family’s loss.

  3. Brian was a mentor and a friend before, during and after my terms as a City Councillor in Waterloo in the 1990s. He was a steady helmsman who guided our community in a calm and visionary way. He taught me a great deal about being a compassionate and caring leader. Our condolences and thoughts are with your family

  4. On behalf of the members of the class of ‘61 OAC, I am sending condolences to the members of the Turnbull family. Brian was held in high regard by his classmates and we were proud of his accomplishments.
    He served well!

  5. My most sincere condolences to the Turnbull family. We were classmates at OAC. Brian was the consultant when Oxford County was restructured almost 50 years ago. Just a few years ago he often visited us at the farmers’ market in St Marys where we shared many memories. Travel well to that good place you are going Brian. We will remember you.

  6. Our thoughts are with the family over the passing of our friend Brian. We had many good times together and enjoyed adventures and social occasions and great frivolity. We will miss you friend.

  7. Our thoughts are with the family at the passing of our friend Brian. we had many good times together. we will miss his wit and sense of adventure.

  8. I had the pleasure and honour of working with Brian when he was a both Regional Councillor and again when he was the Mayor of Waterloo. He was a gentleman and always had a unique way of looking at an issue. In a calm and thoughtful manner, he would usually provide very workable solutions. One of his biggest strengths was the ability to bring people together. My condolences to all of Brian’s family.

  9. Brian is fondly remembered as our neighbour and dear friend in Green Acre Park. Sitting around campfires, chatting, laughing and enjoying a few shots to warm the soul. We saw him as he began to decine, he is at peace. God Bless you Jessica Chad and family as you carry on hopefully feeling a little at peace too.
    With love

  10. We visited with Brian and Eleni often through the years and enjoyed each other’s company. Brian and Bob were OAC-61 graduates.
    Brian helped Bob and I move from Midland, Ont. back to the family farm many years ago. We had a truck and Brian drove an old Hillman. Brian’s car would not start again after he stopped so Bob would give him a little bump from behind with his truck and away we
    would go again. Good old memories! Thanks Jessica for keeping the Marsh family in the loop.

  11. We are saddened to hear of Brian’s passing. Condolences to Johanna, Jessica, Andrew, Eleni and your families. Lots of memories of visiting in Waterloo and Lindsay. Cousin Betty and family.

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