Joseph Turo

Joseph T. Turo Sr.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Our dad, Joe Turo, was our best friend. He was the kind of person who could help you get a clear perspective on things, and his advice was always generous, sound, and kind. He loved to offer guidance when buying a home or packing a suitcase for a long trip, to keep traditions such as making Christmas cookies and homemade wine, and to relax while enjoying a fire pit on a chilly day with his family.

On January 10, 2021, Joe reunited peacefully with his beloved wife Jeanne in heaven.

Joseph Thomas Turo, born in 1939, spent the early years of his life in Pawcatuck before moving across the bridge to Westerly. He was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Mary Turo and devoted brother to his late sister Margaret Turo Visgilio. He attended the Immaculate Conception school in Westerly and LaSalle Academy in Providence before continuing his studies at Providence College and UConn Law School. Joe enjoyed a fulfilling career as an attorney until his retirement, and he also served the town of Westerly as Town Solicitor for two terms and later served as Town Manager.

Joe grew up in the Westerly-Pawcatuck community with cherished members of his extended family, and in this community he also raised his own family after meeting Jeanne Schackner, a nurse from Pawcatuck with whom he crossed paths at a Brookline MTA stop. Joe and Jeanne happily married on September 10, 1966, and they remained inseparable and enjoyed an active and joyful life with family, faith, friends, hobbies, and travel until Jeanne passed away on November 5, 2018.

Joe will always be greatly admired by his four children, all of whom survive him: Joseph Turo and his wife Lisa; David Turo; John Turo and his wife Kendra; and Amy Turo McKenna and her husband Sean. Nine grandchildren also share many fond memories of their Papa Joe: Jack, Luke and Peter Turo; John, Julia and Nicholas Turo; and Nathan, Catherine and Mary McKenna. Joe will be remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends, especially those whose company he greatly enjoyed over the past two years while sharing his time with frequent walks and coffee, daily mass, Italian classes, piano lessons, and travel.

To honor Joe’s full and happy life, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Church on Liberty Street, Pawcatuck. The Funeral Mass and burial will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit
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Anthanette Stotts, Adams School

Posted at 02:37pm
The Adams School sends their deepest condolences to Dave and his family.

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Kellie, Mary and Bruces

Posted at 12:42pm
With our deepest sympathy and our prayers. Love Kellie, Mary and Bruce.
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Madge Kiley

Posted at 11:52am
Joe, David, John and Amy, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I send my sincerest condolences to all , may he rest peacefully.
Madge Kiley

Lisa MacGeorge

Posted at 07:01am
While I never had the pleasure of meeting Joe, I feel as if I got to know him from stories his son, Dave, shared. I hope that all the wonderful memories you all have will warm your hearts as you grieve this tremendous loss.

Syl Morrone

Posted at 04:00pm
Joe and I began our schooling at Immaculate Conception on High Street. For our first 7 years there, we shared the same classrooms. Joe was always a very bright and confident student, and never one to let an opportunity to debate or get his point across pass unchallenged. His defenses/arguments were always carefully articulated and well-thought-out. Of course, this kind of activity was clearly an indication of the path he was heading on - becoming a lawyer and successfully arguing his clients' innocence.
While Joe went to LaSalle, I continued at Immaculate; but we reunited at Providence College. For 2 years, Joe and I were roommates, and it was during this time that Joe was in full Lawyer mode. He was totally immersed in his classes and his studies and there was no doubt he chose the right profession. Somewhat strangely, and out of character, however, was that Joe also fancied himself as an opera singer - with a fine tenor voice! Many were the impromptu upclose 'performances' in our room. But he also would take his show in the road. That was when he'd 'regale' me with his favorite arias as we're driving from PC to Westerly! Though I could envision him on the stage at the Metropolitan Opera House, I am thrilled that he didn't quit his day job!
As I remember him now, I realize that I was part of Joe's life when he was just developing the skills and passions that would evolve him into the successful, loving, kind and generous husband and father that he ultimately became.
With the image of his kind, smiling face brightening my memory, I bid a prayer for a restful, well-earned sleep to my fellow Friar.
Syl Morrone

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