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Memorable Manitobans: Randall Kirk “Randy” Turner (1961-2019)


Born at Boissevain on 21 June 1961, son of Ron and Shirley Turner, after taking the Creative Communications program at Red River College, he worked at the Selkirk Journal for a time. He joined the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press in 1987, serving on its rural beat until 1993 when he joined the sports department. He was the paper’s sports columnist from 1999 until his death. He was nominated for seven National Newspaper Awards and received it twice. He wrote three books: Back in the Bigs (2011) and The First Season (2012) about the return of the Winnipeg Jets hockey team and City Beautiful: How Architecture Shape Winnipeg’s DNA (2014). He died of cancer at Winnipeg on 13 March 2019.


‘An amazing storyteller with a razor-sharp mind,’ Award-winning Free Press writer Randy Turner dies at 57,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 2019.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 March 2019

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