Geoff Turner was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in November and his health was quickly declined. Turner, a 66-year-old Latham resident, died on Feb. 13.
He left behind an obituary that he wrote his final message for people; a warning not to make the same mistake that he did.
He wrote "I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day, multiple times per day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it may eventually kill me, I chose to deny the truth to myself. The pain and suffering I caused my family was not worth the perceived "satisfaction" that really did nothing more than waste money, separate me from my family, and eventually destroyed my body."
The cause of Turner's lung cancer was his years of smoking. He leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Josie, five children and four grandchildren.
A celebration to honor Geoff Turner's life will be held on March 9, at the Community Reformed Church of Colonie, 701 Sand Creek Rd., Albany.
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