Turner Developed Cape May's First Campground

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November 19, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

John T. Turner Jr.,  a life long resident of New Jersey, developer of Cape May County’s first campground and one of the first board members of the National Campground Owners Association, predecessor to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), died on Nov. 9. He was 88.

Turner was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army Air Force before his honorable discharge in 1946.

As reported by Jay Otto, executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association, Turner incorporated his building business, Turner Enterprises, in 1953. He and his wife, Dorothy, started Ocean View Resort in 1960 with a modest 35 sites on a 27-acre parcel. This business has grown over the years to nearly 1,200 full hook-up sites on 180 acres.

He started selling trailers in 1966 and incorporated Ocean View Trailer Sales in 1973. He was instrumental with his sons in the building of Shore Gate Golf Club, adjoining the resort in the late '90s. Turner was devoted to his work and family and had worked into his 80s.

He was a past president of the Cape May County Campground Association, the Cape May Chamber of Commerce and received his 50-year pin from Cannon Lodge #104 F. & A. M. He was a member of Salaam Shrine in Livingston.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 67 years and two sons, John and Doug, who now run the campground and RV sales with their families.

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