December 19, 1932 to November 10, 2017
WATSON-Thomas (Tom) Turck Sr., 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017, at his winter home in Tavares, FL.
He was born on December 19, 1932 to the late John and Cristine (Kampney) Turck in Croghan, NY. After attending school at Father Leo Memorial Catholic School in Croghan, he enlisted in the Navy in 1951. Tom served during the Korean War and was stationed on the SS Mindora as a gunners mate. In 1954, he was honorably discharged from the Navy. Returning home to Lewis County he purchased a Mobil gas station on the corner of East State Street and Shady Avenue in Lowville, NY. It was here he first sold gasoline and snowmobiles. Discovering he loved sales, Tom bought the Jeep franchise to sell cars and later added the AMC/Renault franchise. In 1979 he expanded his business by building a car dealership located next to the Lowville Elks Lodge on Shady Avenue called Turck’s AMC/Jeep. Tom successfully ran the dealership until his retirement in 1985.
On June 27, 1953, Tom married his wife of 64 years, Mary E. Terrillion at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan with the Rev. Fintah Murphy, O.F.M. officiating. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife; their five children: Wanda Turck and her partner Perry Johnson, Stockton, CA; Susanne (Gerald, Jr.) Reed, Leesburg, FL; Thomas Jr., Lowville, NY; Terry Turck Pardee, Naples, FL; and Gary (Kim), Lowville, NY; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, Diane Mullin, Lowville, NY; two brothers, Kevin, Lowville, NY, and Joseph (Mary), Croghan, NY; a sister-in-law, Shirley Turck Houppert, Croghan, NY; nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his three brothers, Reginald, David (Bessie), and Allyn (Doris) and his brother-in-law, Fay Mullin; and his sister-in-law, Elfriede Turck.
Tom had a passion for flying and travel, ultimately earning his pilot’s license and purchasing his own airplane. He enjoyed flying to Canada to hunt and fish. It gave him great pleasure to give rides to adults and children in his airplane. He adored his family and time spent with them was always cherished. Tom also enjoyed card nights with his wife and friends.
Tom was a member of the VFW Post #6912, the Lowville American Legion #162, and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #1605. He was also a member of the Number Four Fish and Game Club. While spending his winters in Florida, Tom served as President of the HOA at Imperial Terrace West for two years, and was a member of its Board of Directors for twelve.
Tom will be laid to rest at the Beaches Bridge Cemetery in Watson, NY in the spring at the convenience of his family. Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to: Cornerstone Hospice, Lane Park Road, Tavares FL 32778 and Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367
Online condolences may be shared at: www.sundquistfh.com