Touching Memorial Held For OC Coach Who Died Of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

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A memorial service was held Sunday to honor the life of a beloved teacher and high school soccer coach who succumbed to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Barry Turner died last month — after a three year battle with ALS — just shy of his 50th birthday. In keeping with the coach’s love for all things casual, mourners at the celebration of life were told to “dress casually, wear jerseys and bring your own chair.” The service was held at Foothill High School’s soccer field renamed in the coach’s honor in 2012. The field was crowded by scores of former students and players. “He was lucky to know the impact he had,” said his widow Leanne Turner. “He saw what he did for everybody.” The couple was married for 26 years. CBS2’s Cristy Fajardo attended the emotional memorial service and spoke to his former students and his children. After teaching phys ed in England, Turner came to the Tustin Unified School District in 1989 as a sub. While ALS eventually silenced Turner’s British accent, his loved ones say he never never lost his trademark smile or his winning ways. He taught math and science for 20 years at Hillview High School. Turner was named “Teacher of the Year” several times. Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/

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