Tulsans Continue to React to Loss of Former City Councilor Roscoe Turner
By Caitlin Alexander
City leaders and residents continued to mourn the loss of former City Councilor Roscoe Turner Wednesday. He died of a heart attack Tuesday at age 81."There was times I'd just fly off the handle and get upset. He'd take me to the side and say, 'Okay lets talk about this,' and he'd calm me down," recalled District One City Councilor Jack Henderson.He said Turner taught him a great deal about being on the council. Turner represented District Three for five terms since 1998. Henderson said their districts worked together to push North Tulsa projects like the Shoppes on Peoria together. He said they served at the same time for more than six years.Turner was also an advocate for a united city. He fought for economic growth and improving Tulsa's infrastructure.He worked as a boiler inspector for the city for 21 years before becoming a councilor.Turner was the chairman of the Sequoyah Area Neighborhood Association. He lived behind the former Sequoyah Elementary School location on Archer. Cindy Steininger is the counselor at Sequoyah Elementary. She has worked at the school for 29 years and said Turner frequently spoke for classes and fought for improvements to the school."When we accumulated 10 classroom trailers on the playground, he got a little concerned, and he was instrumental in the reopening of Owen Elementary School, which moved part of our population over there," Steininger said.She fondly remembered how Turner sometimes referred to himself in the third person and was very kind to the community.City Councilor David Patrick currently represents District 3. He said in a statement, "We campaigned against each other nine times over an 18-year period, which demonstrates Roscoe's passion for Tulsa."Channel 8 is not yet aware of service arrangements for Turner.
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