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Richmond Patrick Trainor

December 5, 1915 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 106)


Richmond Patrick Trainor, 106, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona in the early hours of Saturday, March 26, 2022, in the home of his daughter, Kathleen. Richmond was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on December 5, 1915. He was the 6th child out of nine to Michael and Nora (Geraldi) Trainor. Richmond attended St. Patrick High School up to the 10th Grade when he left school to seek employment to help his widowed mother financially. Richmond was a clerk at Gelt’s Market and delivered groceries. It was through these deliveries that he met his wife of almost 77 years, Geraldine who he married on June 9, 1938. Richmond belonged to the National Guard through the Great Flood of 1936. He went on to serve his country in Germany during WWII. Upon returning to his wife in the States he was to enroll in an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer. He was to work for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the next 32 years attaining the Supervisory position “not bad for a high school dropout” he would say. Richmond participated in Boy Scouts and Baseball, coaching his son and teammates. One of Richmond’s great skills was the recitation of poetry. His family and friends were treated to many of these special “stories”. Among his favorites were “Casey at the Bat”, “The Children’s Hour”, and “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”. He was known to break into song with “I’m My Own Grampaw”, “I Had a Hat When I Came In” as well as many an Irish tune like “Mistress Murphy’s Chowder” and “Christmas in Killarney” Richmond was a man of faith, a true Irish Catholic who was involved in the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight who attained the role of Chancellor to welcome new knights into the fold. In the Church community he took on many other responsibilities through the years; he worked on fundraisers, was a lector during various masses and also sang in the choir, accompanied by his wife at the organ. Richmond and Geraldine made their home in New Hampshire from 1942 until 1980 when they relocated to Ontario, Canada. Richmond enjoyed many years of curling at Bonspiels and golfing at local golf clubs found in the Renfrew area. In 1997 Richmond and Geraldine returned to New Hampshire, building their dream home in Bethlehem where he would be presented with the Boston Cane as the oldest living resident. Richmond was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine; his son, R. Michael O’Traynor (Alice); and his youngest daughter, Noreen Salinas.

Richmond is survived by his daughters, Carol Diane Houghton (Larry) and Kathleen Mary McCosham (Koosh). Richmond leaves as well 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. 

Visiting Hours will be Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 5 - 7 pm at Ross Funeral Home, 282 West Main St. Littleton, NH. The Very Rev. Mark Dollard will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, High St. Littleton, NH, with burial to follow at the St. Rose Cemetery.

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April 7, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ross Funeral Home Littleton Chapel
282 West Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561

Mass of Christian Burial
April 8, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church (St. Littleton, St. Rose Cemetery)

Graveside Service
April 8, 2022

11:15 AM
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery

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