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Dr. E. Wayne Turnblom

Pittsford – Dr. E. Wayne Turnblom, beloved partner, father, grandfather, and friend to many, passed away on December 27, 2023 at the age of 77 in Pittsford, NY.

Survived by his loving and adoring partner of 30 years, Kathryn Shirer, children Laura (Jeremy) Darman, Justin (Monica Reyhani) Turnblom, Kristine Miles, and grandchildren Julia, Kirsten, Zachary and Trevor, all upon whom he doted.

Preceded in death by his parents, Roland Emil and Ethel Mary (Watson) Turnblom. Wayne was born in Boston, MA, grew up in Pelham, NH, and graduated from Nashua Sr High School.  He held a BS degree in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (’68), and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Columbia University (’72). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Instructor at Princeton University (’72-74) and a graduate of RIT’s Executive Program.  Retiring after a 30-year career at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY, he subsequently worked as a consultant with and member of the Board of Directors of Foresight Science & Technology.

Wayne lived a vibrant life intellectually and physically. He loved his long daily walks and had an insatiable curiosity that he fed through reading and extensive travel. He was a spontaneous wit who loved wordplay and clever idioms. He is fondly remembered for countless dad jokes, puns, and the laughter (and groans) they would induce. He enjoyed learning about and collecting wine and loved to cook, especially Asian cuisine.  He enjoyed photography, classical music, sailing and as a lifelong railfan, he was a member of Rochester & Genesee Valley RR Museum, and the Boston & Maine RR Historical Society.

Wayne had a passion for service and was an active member of Asbury First United Methodist Church for over 40 years, serving in a variety of leadership and mentor roles including past Chairs of the Board of Trustees and Administrative Cabinet.  He led a project that resulted in adding the Welcoming Hall and Gathering Center to the historic Asbury First campus in 2006.  Until his death he was Chair of UMC Genesee Valley District Board of Church Location & Building, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Marsh Chapel, Boston University and had previously served on the Advisory Board of the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, WPI.

Until recently, Wayne and Katie lived in Lakewood Ranch, FL where he was an elected supervisor of the local Community Development District in Lakewood Ranch and served on several other local boards and committees, until his health required him to move back to Pittsford, NY.

A service to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held in the spring at Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester NY, with a reception immediately following the service. As desired, Memorials may be directed to the Capital Improvement Endowment Fund of Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.

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