State funeral of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, P.C., C.C., Q.C.
The Government of Canada held a state funeral for the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, who passed away on September 19. The funeral was held on October 6, 2020, at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, in Toronto, in the presence of close family and friends. The ceremony strictly followed public health COVID-19 protocols.
Information on the state funeral
October 6, 2020
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
Other commemorative activities
Half-masting of the National Flag of Canada
The Government of Canada proceeded with a half-masting of the National Flag of Canada on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada, including the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
On the evening of September 19, the Great Bell in the Peace Tower tolled 91 times — each ring representing a year in the life of the former politician.
Recital of the Dominion Carillonneur
On October 6, the Dominion Carillonneur offered a recital in memory of the Right Honourable John Turner, live from the Peace Tower in Ottawa, which included Ode to Joy, a favourite hymn of Mr. Turner.
Online book of condolences
Canadians were invited to share their messages of sympathy by signing an online book of condolences. The book is now closed but you can view messages left by others. Please note that the messages are posted in the language in which they were submitted.
About John Turner
An accomplished lawyer and politician, John Turner was recognized for his personal integrity and commitment to democracy. Learn more about his life and many accomplishments.
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