Rev. Peter Turpin

Rev. Peter John William Turpin

Saturday, March 9th, 1935 - Friday, November 20th, 2020
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The Turpin family wish to announce the departure of Rev. Peter John William Turpin on November 20th 2020 from this life to life eternal. He so longed to be there to praise his Lord and Savior and to see Him face to face.
Peter was born in Southampton, England on March 9th 1935 to Herbert and Rose (Meek) Turpin. During the war years, he was evacuated to various locations in the West Country. In his youth, he was a skilled cricket and soccer player and often took his younger brother in his stroller to watch his games. Over the years, they enjoyed singing and were often heard laughing together over a joke. He also enjoyed playing the Big Bass Drum in the Boy’s Brigade and worked at Mr Underwood’s bacon stall at the Markland Open-Air Market before serving 2 years in the RAF (Royal Air Force). He met Bettina (Tina) at church and continued to court her while attending Rawdon College to study Theology. They married at Cowes Baptist Church, Isle of Wight on July 6th 1960 and shortly after he began his ministry in Frithelstock, Devon. Five years later, following the birth of their 3 older children, they moved to Stapleford, Nottingham where their fourth child was born. Peter pastored a church there for 12 years and established it on New Testament principles. The Lord brought him and his family to Overton, NS in 1978 where he ministered until his retirement. He continued to preach at various churches in the Yarmouth area until his health began to decline. He loved to create witty puns and write poetry especially for family occasions. Much of his spare time was spent reading or searching for good spiritual books. In 2020, Tina and Peter enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon celebrating their 60th anniversary with their 4 children, many of their 14 grandchildren and their 5 great-grand children.

Dad’s biggest concern in life was his relationship with God, and that others would fellowship with God too. His last message was “I must have Jesus, and you must have Jesus ... do you hear? ... do you hear!” ...and then he drifted off into prayer, praying for you.

Peter will be remembered as a wonderful husband and father and is survived by his loving wife, Tina (Salter); children, Tim (Karen), Overton; John (Cathy), Chebogue; Ruth (Danny), Chebogue Pt.; Rachel, Chebogue; grandchildren, James (Sarah), Andrew (Allison), Sam, David, Mel (Eric), Jen, Beth, Marc, Steven (Mariah), Mike (Lacy),Bettina (Corey), Ben (Naomi), Jacob, Greg; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Connor, Lily, Martis, Ryker; his loving brother, Ted, and many extended family members in the UK.

Public visitation will be held on Monday, November 23rd from 6-8 pm at Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Yarmouth. The funeral service will be held Tuesday November 24th at 2 pm with a maximum of 100 attendees. For those who are unable to attend , the service will be live-streamed on Sweeny’s website. In accordance with Covid regulations, face masks are required and there will be no reception at this time. A private family interment will be held in Cheggogin following the service. Donations in Peter’s memory can be made to Faith Memorial Baptist Church, Overton. Family flowers only.

The family wishes to thank Dr. MacDonald, Dr. Gillis, Robyn Surette, the Palliative care team, the VON and Home Care for their thoughtfulness and care during the past year.On-line condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guestbook on-line at:
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 2:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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    Pastor Tim Turpin
  • Interment

    Chegoggin Cemetery
    Chegoggin, NS
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Gary Arnett

Posted at 03:31pm
We were very sorry to learn of Mr. Turpin's passing. We will always remember him as a true Christian gentleman and scholar.
Gary and Elena Arnett and Family

Allison Trites

Posted at 09:13am
I had a wonderful visit with Peter when I preached in the Overton Church on June 12, 1989 when Peter was pastor of the church. In the morning I spoke on a subject dear to Peter's heart-"The Lordship of Christ," preaching on Colossians l:15-20. In the evening I spoke at the 20th anniversary of the church on "The Highway of Hope," taking my text from 1 Peter l:3-9. I thank God for Peter's influence as a man of God, who was such a blessing to his family and his flock. He is now "at home" with the Lord.
Rev. Allison Trites, Wolfville

David Negus

Posted at 10:49am
My mother used to teach me that no man was indispensable, but there are some who are irreplaceable and Peter was one of those. Other preachers of his generation had greater reputations but few were actually greater preachers. That he was not better known was due entirely to his genuine modesty and humility, one of Christ's characteristics he always sought to model. He conducted the marriage service for myself and my late first wife Joy in 1972 and we remained firm friends despite the distance between us after he accepted the call to Overton. He had many qualities - far too many to list - but I shall always be grateful for his encouragement of my own preaching ministry when he was our pastor in Stapleford and the wisdom of his personal counsel whenever it was needed. It was an enormous privilege to preach for him in Overton on the two occasions we were able to visit after his move. Only eternity will fully reveal the effect his ministry had on so many lives on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mary & Brian Duncan

Posted at 01:17pm
We were happy to be neighbours of Reverend and Mrs. Turpin on Chebogue Point for a number of years and wish to express our sincere condolences to all the Turpin family. May you all be comforted at this time by memories of happy times and support of family and friends.

Barbara Campbell

Posted at 12:08pm
I’ll always remember Bro. Turpin coming to Buck Grove Baptist Church and teaching. Our congregation loved him. Beautiful family! Love them! David and Barbara Campbell

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