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Dean E. Turra

Ayer: Dean E. Turra, 62, of Fitchburg, formerly of Ayer, died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at his home.

Dean E.  TurraDean was born in Shirley, October 22, 1955, a son of the late Frank and Josephine (Bartolo) Turra and was a 1973 graduate of Ayer High School.

From 1975-1978 Dean served his country in the United States Army where he became the Fort Meade Chess Champion. While serving in the armed forces, Dean enrolled at the University of Maryland and later continued his education at U Mass Amherst where in 1982 he graduated with a degree in Business.

He leaves his brother, Eugene F. Turra of Ayer; three sisters, Corinne J. Turra of Westminster, Marlene E. Turra of Boston, and Lorene M. Lange of Clinton. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Thursday, January 11th at St. Mary’s Church, 31 Shirley Street, Ayer. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Dean’s family will receive family and friends from 8;45 – 9:45 AM Thursday at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Rd., Ayer.

Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. 01588

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  • Denise Stepleton

    January 18, 2018 12:16 pm

    To the Turra family
    I am so sorry to read that one of your siblings has passed.

  • Joyce E. Adamson

    January 11, 2018 11:47 am

    Thoughts & prayers for the family. You and Bob have always been special to Dean I am sure. Just keep the good thoughts from the holidays that he spent with you …Love to all

  • Kendra Wilkins Reed

    Tacoma Washington
    January 11, 2018 7:17 am

    My condolences to the family. Dean was a really good kid. We all liked him

  • Ron Wood and family

    Natick, Ma.
    January 10, 2018 6:19 pm

    My condolences to the Turra family. Our thoughts are with you at this trying time.

  • Frank Oliver

    Chatsworth, GA
    January 10, 2018 4:38 pm

    My condolences to the family, I am a classmate of his sister Marlene.

  • Cathy Harris Altobelli

    January 10, 2018 11:50 am

    To the Turra family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. As one who also lost a brother in most part due to mental illness I so understand your loss. He is now at peace.
    My condolences to all,
    Cathy Altobelli

  • Mike Palmatier

    Austin TEXAS
    January 10, 2018 11:45 am

    Deepest condolences and prayers

  • Lorene M Lange

    Clinton ma
    January 10, 2018 8:35 am

    My brother Dean lost his quality of life a long time ago due to his mental illness, i have been grieving for him since that day. Dean had so much so much to offer and so much potential. I’m sad that we weren’t able to see what he would have accomplished. I’m at peace with him passing away because he won’t be suffering anymore. Dean, I love you with all my heart and you are missed every day! Love your little sister Lorene and nephew Daniel Lange

  • Deborah Sullivan

    South Salem, NY
    January 9, 2018 7:56 pm

    This is such sad news for the New Year. Dean was a great guy and I feel lucky to have shared most every homeroom with him since 5th Grade! There are lots of childhood memories that have provided smiles through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Deb Sullivan

  • Beverly (Drost) Andre

    January 9, 2018 5:57 pm

    So sad to hear of Deans passing. Thoughts and prayers for all the Turra family.

  • Debbbie Parmeter Fentress

    Keller, TX
    January 9, 2018 5:45 pm

    I went to AHS with Dean. I remember how kind he was with an endearing smile. May you all be surrounded with love and prayers.

  • Bob Friesen

    Pasadena, Md.
    January 9, 2018 4:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of another classmate. My prayers and thoughts for the family.

  • Patrick Gentry

    Mountain City,Tn
    January 9, 2018 11:22 am

    I am sorry to hear of Deans passing.My condolences to you all and my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Julia Rahaim Cotter

    January 9, 2018 10:24 am

    Dear Corinne

    May you find peace in your heart
    knowing how much your brother appreciated and loved you for all the special memories from spending holidays with you and Bob and being there when he needed you “What a blessing to have you as a sister”
    My deepest condolences to you, Bob & Turra family

  • Karen & Ted Januskiewicz

    January 7, 2018 11:55 am

    So sorry to hear of Deans passing, our condolences to you all, our thoughts and prayers to you.
    Ted & Karen

  • RoseMarie Tenaglia

    Lynnfield Mass
    January 7, 2018 8:28 am

    Sorry for the loss of your brother. Hopefully he is a better place
    Love cousin RoseMarie Tenaglia

  • Elizabeth Heinze (Hannon)

    Queens, NY
    January 5, 2018 11:23 pm

    Thinking of Dean and the entire Turra Family at this time. Prayers are offered for Frank, Josie and Dean who are together again.
    Love Liz

  • Rick Ressijac

    Ayer, MA
    January 5, 2018 7:39 pm

    I will remember Dean as a high school classmate and friend. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Erin Beaudoin

    Round Rock Texas
    January 5, 2018 1:00 am

    Turra family, y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all