Jude Turpin

October 14, 1959 to July 10, 2018


Jude Turpin (October 14, 1959 – July 10, 2018) entered his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, this past Tuesday, at approximately two o’clock in the afternoon. He was surrounded by his immediate family and several siblings as his soul and spirit were freed from his earthly tabernacle.  Jude had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in late June 2018.

Predeceased by his father, Thomas, Jude was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Sonja; their three children: Lucy, Tom, and Ian; his mother, Carmel; his sisters, Paula (Bob) Buchanan, Margo (Doug) Fraser, Angie (Daniel) Mackey, and Lola (Allan) Thorne; his brothers, Wayne (Lily), Chris (Ann-Marie), Mark (Charlene), Kurt; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends; Sonja’s parents Werner (deceased) and Nancy Bubigkeit; Sonja’s sister, Tanja; and  special friend, Elaine Turpin-Pauls, who has shown Jude and his family kindness throughout the years, and visited Jude in hospital representing far-away family members early in Jude’s sickness.

Jude’s family and friends wish to extend a special Thank You to the doctors, nurses, and staff at both the Health Sciences Centre Neurosurgery Unit and the Palliative Care Unit at the Miller Centre. Their compassionate care, help, and respect are sincerely appreciated.

Jude was born in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, where he grew up working alongside his siblings in various family enterprises, including an extensive bus service run by his father. Jude spent some time in western Canada during his early 20’s, returning to St. John’s in 1986 where he has resided until now.

Jude was employed as a porter by City Hotels (Ramada Inn) since April 2017 and prior to that worked as a multi-talented repair and maintenance employee in the hospitality industry. He excelled as a steady and responsible “jack-of-all-trades” who enjoyed helping clients, friends, and relatives with his handyman skills.

Most importantly to Jude, and what he would want known to all, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour in his mid-20’s. While reading the Bible he came to understand his condition as a sinner and his need for a new spiritual birth.  In his search of the New Testament he encountered a verse to which he has testified many times, “That’s it! It’s so simple!”  This is the truth he found in Romans 10:19,  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

The value of hard work, integrity, and respect was instilled in Jude in his youth and served him well throughout his life. Additionally, Jude was immensely influenced by his faith in Jesus Christ.  Although he considered himself a “hands-on” person, and not academically inclined, he had a love and deep devotion to God’s word, the Bible, which shaped the convictions and principles by which he lived.

Some of his last sentences (on June 27th) were: “I’m thankful… for what I know. I’m very thankful … to have peace.. I have with Sonja and myself and my kids.  … I can’t say enough, but we are resting in the Lord… and I’m thankful for that, and that’s all I can do.  I just want to let people know, that I’m very thankful for what I have.”

Through his knowledge of God’s word, Jude had confidence of his eternal destiny being in heaven with his Saviour. One passage which provided this confidence to Jude’s heart is found in the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthian believers: “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Jude would not want anyone to grieve for him – he is now far better off than any earthling could ever dream. But he would sincerely hope that each person he ever knew would give their hearts to Christ as he did, and thereby ensure their redemption and eternal destiny as well.

The Bible names all believers as saints, so calling Jude a “saint” would not be presumptuous, according to God’s word. As such, the following is a comfort to all he’s left behind:

Precious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of His saints.  Psalm 116:15.

Jude’s presence no longer remains on this earth, but the memory of him will continue in the minds and hearts of those left behind. To honor that memory, the family will receive friends, associates, co-workers, and the general public at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on Thursday, July 12th and Friday, July 13th, 2018 from 6-9 pm.  Visitation will include open casket viewing.  A Memorial service will be held at Carnell Memorial Chapel, Saturday, July 14th at 2pm with reception to follow.  All are welcome.  If you are unable to attend the funeral,  you can watch it live by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/RP4H3OQXkaI

To honour Jude’s practical ways, offers of flowers are appreciated but gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Miller Centre Palliative Care Unit on Jude and Sonja Turpin’s behalf.




6 - 9 pm on July 12, 2018

6 - 9 pm on July 13, 2018

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So Sorry to hear of Jude’s passing. My condolences to his wife and family, and to Mrs. Carmel and all of his brothers and sisters on your great loss. I’ll be thinking of you all. Rest in peace, Jude.

Saddened to hear of Judes passing ..condolences to Judes Family and the Turpin family … Having grown up in St.Lawrence living across the road from Jude and his family I have many good memories …Death is painful for the ones left behind but Jude is with his Saviour

Dear Sonja, Lucy, Tom, Ian and all of Sonja and Jude’s families,
Our hearts go out to you in love and with much prayer for your comfort in the home going of your dear Jude. So thankful he is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord his Savior and that he is free from pain forever. Its hard to understand the “whys” but we have to remember that HE sees the upper part of the
weaving our lives are making and we only see the underside. He only provides the strength and the comfort needed to go on. I know he will care for you. I know you will miss Jude terribly & will continue to uphold you in prayer.

Sincere condolences to all the Turpin families especially his mother Carmel. May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss. May he rest in peace.

Carmel and Family, we are so very sorry to hear of Jude’s passing. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this time. Agnes, Gus, Susan and and family,

Dear Sonja, Lucy, Tom and Ian,
Your sweet family is in our prayers as you adjust to this new stage in your lives. Jude was such a happy man and a servant in so many ways. He will always be remembered as a man of deep faith and one who gave His Saviour much praise and devotion! We love each of you!
Continue on, serving our Lord!

Sad to hear of Jude’s passing. He has helped me a lot in the hospitality industry. My prayers are with all the family.

Carmel and Family, So sorry to hear of Judes passing. My Condolences . May your memories help you through the following days.

Reading such a beautiful Obituary, and knowing the following of Our Lord, in your family, I know only He will give you His Strength, His Comfort and His Peace, at this time.
I worked with Kurt for many years in Charlottetown and know that your whole family will have heartfelt sorrow during these difficult days. Little did I know Jude was Kurt’s brother, when Jude was so accommodating to our family ,when we stayed at The Ramada, on many occasions.! So please accept my sincere sympathy to all the Turpin Family.. God Bless you all.

So Sorry to hear of Jude’s passing. To Judes wife Sonja and kids, Carmel and the Turpin Family:. Our Deepest Condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May God give you all the strength to get through the difficult days ahead.

To Lola and all the Turpin family, My sincere sympathy on Jude’s passing. May he rest in peace, Sharon English

Dear Sonja, Tom, Lucy, Ian, and members of Jude and Sonja’s families. I’m sorry Jude has left this world at such an early age. But Our Lord and Saviour has called him to his eternal home, where there is no more pain; no more night… How wonderful it must have been when he met Our Lord face to face and was welcomed home for eternity…

Dear Sonja, Tom, Lucy, Ian and members of Jude and Sonja’s families…..I’m sorry Jude has left this world at such an early age. But, Our Lord and Saviour has called him to his eternal home, where there is no more pain, no more night… How wonderful it must have been when he met our Lord face to face and was welcomed home for eternity!!!

To all the Turpin family,
“In His presence is fulmess of joy” Jude’s presence with the Lord is “Joy unspeakable and full of glory” and we rejoice for him. Our hearts go out in love and prayers for you that each one can find comfort in the Lord and His promise that “He cares for you” and will hold you up in His everlasting arms.
We will miss our dear friend until we meet again in His presence. Jude was a true soldier of the Lord.
Our love and continued prayers
Joe and Phyllis Cotten

Dear Aunt Carmel,

Our hearts pour out to you and the family; and please know that we will hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers as you rally around one another in this difficult time…


Caroline and Dennis Tarrant

Carmel and Family: Our deepest sympathy on Jude’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as you deal with your sad loss.

Paula and family, we are sorry to hear about Jude’s passing, We are currently out of the province and won’t be able to visit the funeral home. We are thinking of you and sending our sincere condolences. May he Rest In Peace.

Sonja, Lucy, Thomas, Ian and the Turpin Families. We were so sorry to learn of Jude’s sudden passing. He was well respected and loved by everyone, and was well known for lending a hand to anyone in need. He was also so proud of his family. Hold your memories close to your hearts as you help each other get through this difficult time and please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Fond and heartfelt condolences to the Turpin Family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.