|Turker M. Ozbek - Warwick, Rhode Island passed at age 70 on March 12, 2009 in Turkey.|
|By Joan DuBois|
|May 8, 2009|
Turker M. Ozbek - Warwick, Rhode Island passed at age 70 on March 12, 2009 in Turkey.
Turker M. Ozbek, a USCF-rated Class A player from Warwick, Rhode Island and Izmir Turkey, died March 12, 2009 in his native Turkey. He was born the son of Servet and Zehra Ozbek on October 6, 1938 in Edremit, near the Aegean Sea, Turkey. He graduated from Balikesir University. He was a lieutenant in the Turkish army and later became a teacher of mathematics, chemistry and physics in his native land before moving to Providence, Rhode Island in 1970. He attended the University of Rhode Island in Providence, studying chemical engineering. He later worked as a chemist. Mr. Ozbek was a longtime member of the Cranston-Warwick Chess Club and the Rhode Island Chess Club. He also belonged to the Warwick Bridge Club. A longtime resident of North Scituate, Rhode Island, he spent the last several years of his life dividing his time between his home in Izmir, Turkey and Warwick. Among his survivors is his wife of 43 years, Susan G. (Haynes) Ozbek, whom he met while she was serving in the Peace Corps. A funeral service was held in March in Gelenbe, Turkey. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Ozbek home at 6 Remington St., Warwick, Rhode Island.
Obituary provided by George Mirijanian, Massachusetts Chess Association.
Turker M. Ozbek - May you rest in peace.