In Loving Memory of Albert George Turcotte

Albert George Turcotte passed away on Tuesday 30 April 2024 three days before his 76th birthday. 

George was pre-deceased by his parents Robert and Vera Turcotte, his brothers Robin and Mathieu, and his nephew Alex. He is survived by his sister Beth (Wayne Scott), his sisters-in-law Liz and Ellen, two nieces and their husbands, three nephews and their wives, five great nephews and five great nieces. George was a devoted friend and brother. He WILL be missed.
The doctors and nurses at K.G.H. were wonderful with George as was the staff at Bayshore Care Facility in Amherstview. George was grateful to have many friends but in particular, Joel Cameron looked after George during his illness, ensuring he was cared for with humility and grace.

Mister Turcotte was an excellent teacher and devoted his life to his profession. He made a difference in the lives of an incredible number of young people around the world. While most of his career was in the Kingston area, George also spent time teaching in France and Germany spreading his unique flair further afield. Many of George’s students remember fondly his unique lessons in Latin and Italic Script along with their regular studies.

George was active in the Ancient St John’s Lodge No. 3 (and a frequent visitor to many other lodges) until his illness prevented him from attending. He would regale the lodge with his flawless memory work and was particularly well known for his stunning “traditional history in the Third Degree.”

In 1954, George joined the Choir of Men and Boys at St George’s Cathedral, Kingston where his father Robert also sang, and St George’s became George’s musical and spiritual home for the rest of his life. For much of the 1970s, and 80s George was a countertenor in the choir and generations of families remember his stunning renditions of This is the Record of John each Advent. As a young man, George became Choir Crucifer (a role he continued until very recently), raising that office to a standard seldom seen anywhere in the world. George was the longest-serving member of the Choir and they will miss their dear friend.

George was grateful to have many friends but in particular, Joel Cameron looked after George during his illness, ensuring he was cared for with humility and grace.

There will be a service at the Cathedral Church of St. George, Kingston on Saturday 8 June 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with a live stream at www.stgeorgescathedral.ca. A reception will be held in the Great Hall upstairs following the service.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Choir of the Cathedral Church of St George would be appreciated.

5 thoughts on “In Loving Memory of Albert George Turcotte

  • So saddened to hear of George’s death. A wonderful teacher and friend.

  • Mr. Turcotte was definitely a character. Not many like him around these days.

  • I was shocked to learn of George’s passing. He seemed to be present in many places where I go. We ran into each other frequently and enjoyed each other’s company. When he spoke, it always seemed to involve the well-being of others. I will miss him.

  • Heartfelt sorrow to learn of George Turcotte’s passing. “Mr T” was the most impactful teacher that I ever had the good fortune to know, both in childhood at Lord Strathcona Public School and as an adult in the Kingston community. My daughter and I fondly remember his rigour in the classroom and will forever respect his passion for literacy. George was truly an influential and life-changing educator.

  • George will be missed by all that knew him. he was a good friend and a great mason. I will never forget him doing the traditional history lecture mentioned in the article and i will always remember him every time i hear that lecture being given. Rest in Peace George, See you in the Grand Lodge Above

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