Today on January 7, 2009, we are sad to announce that our beloved friend and co-worker, Jay Turnbull died suddenly while at the start of his morning routine. Jay’s father and mother are Rud and Ann Turnbull, Co-founders and Co-Directors of the BeachCenter on Disability. He was their inspiration for the BeachCenter. He worked at the BeachCenter from its beginning in 1988 and provided over 20 years of dedicated service. Jay quickly befriended all of us at the BeachCenter and many, many friends in the Lawrence community with his endearing smile, special handshake, and infectious laughter. While Jay was widely known and welcomed in the Lawrence community, he also touched so many lives worldwide through the stories Ann and Rud shared about him and their life together. In so many ways, Jay changed the world.
Without Jay, there would be no BeachCenter on Disability. He was our greatest teacher and our biggest inspiration. Jay was and continues to be the heart and soul of our work. It is in his name that we renew our dedication to making life better for all people with disabilities and their families.
Visitation will be Friday evening at 6 at the Warren-McElwain Funeral Home, 120 West 13th St., Lawrence, KS. The funeral will be Saturday at at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont, Lawrence, Kansas. Rud and Ann ask you to consider making donations to the Jay Turnbull Fellowship, KU Endowment Association, 1891 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas66045-7548, 888.653.6111.