Galen B. Turner

SWAN’S ISLAND — Galen B. Turner, 55, died peacefully Nov. 1, 2011, at his home on Swan’s Island. He was born April 29, 1956, in Castine, the son of Theodore A. “Buddy” and Geraldine (Haskell) Turner.

Galen resided on Swan’s Island his entire life as a proclaimed lobsterman and fisher of the sea. He loved being on the water in his fishing vessel, the Kathleen M, named after his beloved wife, Kathleen Colburn Turner. Galen proudly named himself as a “Jack of all trades, master of none,” as he had a wide variety of talents such as boatbuilding, carpentry, and fixing old automobiles. Galen also loved music and was very fond of Saturdays. He was a historian of Swan’s Island history, a member of the Fisherman’s Co-Op, and founder of the Swan’s Island Lobster & Marine Museum, along with his brother, Theodore ‘Ted’ Turner. As many would tell, he was a unique all-around human being with a heart of gold.

Galen will be missed by many friends and family in his life, his mother, Geraldine Haskell Turner; his father, Theodore A. Turner; wife, Kathleen Colburn Turner; son, Galen A. and wife, Jennifer Lemoine Turner; daughter, Jenny M. Turner; grandson, Joshua B. Turner; brother, Theodore L. Turner and wife, Bonnie; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces; and many best friends.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of Galen’s life 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at the Millpond Park, Swan’s Island. Donations are welcome in Galen’s memory for future publication of his book about island history to Swan’s Island Lobster & Marine Museum, P.O. Box 374, Swan’s Island, ME 04685. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert, ME 04660. Condolences may be expressed at

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