William Sherman Turgeon

William Sherman Turgeon Jr. was welcomed back to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 12th, 2019, after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. He passed hand in hand with his wife and youngest daughter, accompanied by his oldest daughter and son.

There are not adequate words to express the light and love “Bill” shared with the world. 

Be it his humorous teaching tactics with his 6th grade U.S. history class at River Bend Middle School; the way he would make his children and wife Jill laugh, dressed as an Elf (tights and all) at Christmas time; or the listening ear and peaceful presence he would offer to a friend in need; Bill always left those around him with a smile on their face and joy in their heart.

He was born in Vallejo, Ca and raised in Vacaville, Ca. Bill was a wonderful son to his parents William Turgeon Sr and Kathy Turgeon; and brother to his two sisters Dynette Ferraiullo and Suzette Oxley. He was well known throughout his hometown as a star athlete on the football field and on the wrestling mat. But he was best known for his compassionate heart and sense of humor.

Bill spent his lifetime serving others. In addition to him being an educator for over two decades, he served in his community coaching youth sports, participating in callings at church, and volunteering throughout the community. When he was 19, he served a two-year church mission in London, England.

He leaves behind his wife, Jill; whom he adored with his heart and soul. The two shared 28 wonderful years together filled with exciting adventures all around the world. They almost always had a suitcase packed and ready to go explore and enjoy the world around them. Bill has visited every state in the U.S. (with the exception of Alaska), and traveled all throughout North America and Europe with his sweetheart.

Together, their greatest adventure was raising their 3 children: Katie (27), Megan (24), and Zach (22). It is difficult to put into words just how wonderful of a father and husband Bill was to his family, and Granddad he was to his three grandchildren: Van, Finnley, and Olive. He instilled in his children a love of learning and appreciation for the outdoors, travel, and history. He taught them to not just enjoy life, but to love it; to find joy in simplicity; and that the key to living a happy life is gratitude in all things…even the hard stuff.

The funeral service will be held on October 19th at the LDS Church in Hamilton at 11:00 am with the interment at the Ebenezer Cemetery. The viewing will be held on Friday October 18th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Turgeon Memorial fund at https://everloved.com/life-of/william-turgeon-jr/. The funds collected will be used to honor educators who embrace the love of learning Bill so wonderfully demonstrated.

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