It is with tremendous sadness and broken hearts that we, the family of Thomas Justin Trainor, announce the peaceful passing of our dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born on March 6, 1934 and raised in New Aberdeen, Thomas was the son of the late Pius and Elizabeth (Deininger) Trainor.
Tommy began his work career working for 1-B and 20 Colliery for 16 years operating the diesels with Devco. He worked as a police officer for the town of Glace Bay for 35 years. Tommy was the first Dog Master for the Town of Glace Bay from 1972 until his retirement. His faithful canine partners were Dirk and Buck. Tommy enjoyed playing 45’s with Veronica and his many friends. He also enjoyed playing crib and participating in the VON adult day program. His favorite hockey team was the Toronto Maple Leaf’s. Tommy often volunteered for meals on wheels and numerous community causes. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Besides his parents, Tommy was predeceased by the love of his life for 59 years, Veronica (Steele); sons, Michael and Freddie (in infancy); son-in-law, Bernie Barter; brothers, Milton, Bernie, Freddie, Murray and Gregory; sisters, Patricia, Blanche and stepsister, Minnie; sisters-in-law, Willena, Gertie (Ernie), Anne (Larry) and brothers-in-law, Michael and Douglas. Tommy is the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Left to mourn are sons, Pius (Christine) and best buddy, T.J.; daughters, Elizabeth Hines (Dean), Christine Hines (Chris), Justine O’Grady (Mike), Mary Margaret ‘Peggy’ MacDonald (Kenny), Bernadine Trainor (Kim), Norma Barter and Alana Trainor (Toni); sister-in-law, Kaye Ford; brother-in-law, David Ford; as well as 24 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
We would like to extend the deepest appreciation to Dr. Andrew Waiver, Dr. Michele McKeough, and the 4-west nursing staff at the Northside General Hospital who went above and beyond to care for Dad. To Dad’s dedicated caregivers, Malcolm, Jimmy Goode, Jessica, Kyla, Glen, Nerissa, Emily and Megan, it was with your tremendous efforts we were able to provide care for Dad at home for as long as we did. Tommy enjoyed the VON Adult Day program on Kings Rd. It was there he met wonderful care givers and many new friends. With the support of the staff there, dad was able to maintain his level of social activity until unfortunately COVID came into our lives.
In keeping with Tommy’s wishes, there will be no visitation and a private family Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Tommy Trainor will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd., Whitney Pier with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Interment will take place in Saint Anthony Cemetery, Glace Bay at a later date. The service will be live streamed for friends wishing to be part of the celebration.
This link will be available any time after February 14, 2021 https://www.facebook.com/35925689617/live/
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tommy, may be forwarded to the VON Adult Day program, Kings Road, Sydney.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
I’m very sorry to hear of the death of your father. I’m praying for the repose of his soul, and for you and the O’Grady family. Take care of yourself and safe travelling to Cape Breton.
From: Lorenzo Campanelli
To the family; Tommy was a human being I always enjoyed having a conversation with. He was a wonderful human being I truly admired and respected. I met Tommy shortly after I moved to Glacé Bay in the early 1970’s. Tommy frequented my places of employment (Bay Chev Olds and Town of Glacé Bay) and I was at his home several times over the years when he lived on/off Highland Street. I recall inheriting a few of his old winter police jackets and they kept me warm while underneath broken down town equipment on frosty winter nights. I liked his quiet and sometimes humorous demeanour…over the years since my retirement Tommy came into my thoughts many times and when I think of him I always smile. I am certain there’s several share my sentiment.
From: Hughie MacDonald, Marble Mountain
Dear Christine, Bernadine and families, So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Keeping you all close with hugs and prayers! God Bless,
From: Julia Townsend
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take pleasure in the many memories of family time together.
From: Gwendolyn MacLean
Pius, TJ and families, i am so sorry for your loss. Tommy and Da were great friends. I remember Tommy coming to visit ma and da on many occasions. Again, my sincere condolences.
From: Leanne Simmons
To my old Sargent R.I.P. Our prayers go out to your family and friends. You will be surely be missed.
From: Doug McLean
So sorry for your loss. Many great times and great memories. He is with his love sis. RIP Tommy
From: Bev Currie
Sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom told me many stories of my grandfather that I had never heard. Thanks for the family history lessons and the laughs. Condolences to the family on the loss of this fine man.
From: Tom Head
Christine, Chris and Family I was very sad to read about your Dad’s passing. I always enjoyed the stories you told about your very active and social Dad. May the many warm memories of him help you through this very difficult time.
From: Cathy Hawley
rip old buddy
From: Aubrey Roberts
Very sorry for the loss of a good man and a good friend. We had many great conversations. Tommy will be greatly missed.
From: Gus and Dot Zorzi
Please accept our sincere condolences to the Trainor Family and the Steele Family.
From: Clara Pegg and Clare Family
So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time
From: Barbara and Robert Taylor
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father, Father in law, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, best friend. Christine, your dad always had a smile and a kind word to say. May he rest in Peace. I have you all in my thoughts and Prayers.
From: Patricia Campbell
We have come to know him through the gift of his daughter Justine and her family. You know the hand of God has worked through him to co-create such a beautiful person who has shared her gifts with so many. We thank God for the gift of life and the legacy of family. Me he know the peace and love of God.
You were one of the kindest men I have ever known. I loved making you laugh. Rest now and be at peace. Always in my heart…give Sis a hug for me…💙🙏🕊🙏💙
I’m so sorry to hear that your family has been touched by COVID which has resulted in the loss of your father. He must have felt the love of such a large family over the years. It must be somewhat comforting knowing he was well-liked and obviously, well-loved by those who came into his life and made his world better through their support and dedication. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
He did NOT have Covid Kelly he had a stroke Saturday and died Tuesday as a result.
My condolences to the family. He will be missed. My heart is with you in your time of grief.
Justine, I would like to offer you and your family my deepest and most sincere condolences. May the soul of your Father, Rest In Peace. Sending prayers to ease you and your family through this difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. I enjoyed working with him for many years with the GBPD. Enjoyed many back shift snacks on Highland St. I always had to be careful not to make any noise and “wake the kids” Sincerest condolences to the “Kids” He was a gentleman!
Justine and family. So saddened to hear that your father has passed. Justine, I still have memories watching him drive the big blue and white Chevy Canine Unit home while serving with the town police. His residence was a few doors down from my grandparents home on Highland Street. My grand parents knew him well. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed Rest In Peace.
Justine, Mike and family. So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved dad, father-in-law and grandfather. He obviously had a great impact on you, the rest of the extended family, and on the community he served. No greater gift could he have given all of you. Treasure the memories of him in the weeks and years to come. They will bring you comfort. Remembering you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Elisa, John, Brian and Kevin O’Hare
My deepest sympathies to the family. I know you have many good memories that will provide you comfort in the days ahead.
Justine, to you Michael and your families, please accept our sincere condolences.. God Bless Tommy. Anne and Jack O’
Pius I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Condolences to you and all the family.
So sorry to read this! Please accept my sincerest condolences….Tommy worked with my Dad at the Glace Police Department many years ago. And I remember him well during that time. A real gentleman. He will be missed…
We loved Tommy very much. When he was a police officer I remember one incident when Veronica woke up in the wee hours of the morning to discover Tommy making something to eat for a prisoner from the town jail. When Veronica asked in a not too understanding voice why this man was in their home, Tommy simply replied that it was late and the poor soul hadn’t eaten. That was the sort of wonderful man he was. He will be missed.
To Tommy’s family, I was saddened to hear about your father. I have so many great memories of time spent with him and your mother. He was a real friend to Ted and they enjoyed their time in the barn so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
My sincere condolences on your difficult loss. Tom was a friend of my husband Calvin. They enjoyed many days together at the both the VON Day Program and Cape Breton Eagles games. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing.
Justine, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather to your adult children. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that you have my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.
My sincere sympathy to all of you! Hugs and Prayers! Susan George
To TJ and all of your family:
I am so very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I know how much he meant to you. I am thinking of you and will be praying for all of you as you go through this sad time.
To All My Cousins
I am sad for your loss. Awhile back Tommy and Bernie did a wonderful act of kindness towards me and I have never forgotten it. I will have three Holy Masses offered for the repose of his soul and as long as I am able to pray ,he will be remembered.
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine,er lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace
We had the pleasure of sitting beside Tom and TJ at a number of Eagles games. He was always kind and generous to my son Trevor . We enjoyed his company very much
Justine & family,
Your father sounded like such a wonderful man with a full and interesting life. I loved reading all about him. What a blessing for all of you that he has touched your lives. May flights of angels lead him on his way to paradise.
Deepest condolences to the family.
Dear Trainor Family please allow me to offer my condolences belatedly on your Dad’s passing. Tom was not a gentleman I knew well, but on one occasion Tom and Sis stopped at my house offering assistance after seeing an ambulance in the yard. I have often thought of how caring and kind of them. May they both rest in peace and may the family find comfort in knowing their parents were loved and respected.