SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE — Linda Reid (Hansen) Turner, a former antiques show promoter who once managed the prestigious Connecticut Antiques Show, died May 26 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born on October 8, 1945, in St Louis, to Elinore Forbes Hansen and Norman Hansen, and moved to Connecticut with her family around 1950. Linda was one of the last generations to grow up in the Forbes family home on Forbes Street in East Hartford. In 1963 Linda graduated from East Hartford High School, and attended college at East Carolina State. After graduation, she returned to the Northeast, working in both Boston and Hartford for several years before moving to Portsmouth, N.H., and eventually relocating to South Portland.
Beginning in the 1980s Linda worked with her aunt, Betty Forbes, and partner Frances Phipps producing antiques shows throughout New England. After the death of Phipps in 1986, Linda entered into a partnership with Betty Forbes, operating as Forbes & Turner Antiques Shows. Aside from the Spring and Fall Connecticut Antiques Shows in Hartford, Linda also managed the popular Dorset (Vt.) Antiques Show where exhibitors lined the main street, setting up their stands on the front lawns of the local homes.
Shows were also conducted at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, Conn., as well as a show in Hildene in Manchester, Vt., at the former family home of Robert Todd Lincoln.
An avid fan of auto racing, Linda often spoke fondly of her adventures at race tracks throughout the country. She worked for many years at Turner Motorsport in Amesbury, Mass., a business developed by her son that specializes in custom BMW race cars. Among her other duties, Linda managed travel and logistics for her son’s sports car race teams. Also an avid music fan, Linda especially appreciated the music of Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs.
A dedicated and energetic mother and grandmother, Linda is survived by her children, Elisabeth Reid Frost and Will Turner and his wife Susan, and granddaughters Sydney and Kate Turner, all of Newburyport, Mass.; and her sister Susan Forbes Hansen of West Hartford, Conn. Private services were conducted by the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage NY 11714 or www.lustgarten.org.