Deacon Vincent E. Trainer dies

Deacon Vincent E. Trainer of Ocean City died unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 12. He was 75, and every one of his 75 years had been connected to the Catholic Church.

As an adult, he led a life of service, as a teacher, as a Secular Franciscan, and finally as a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Camden.

Deacon Trainer was born and raised in Holy Cross Parish in Philadelphia in a family of 10 children. He graduated from North Catholic High School and St. Joseph University. From 1963 through 1982, he taught at Msgr. Bonner High School in Upper Darby, Pa.

He had summered many years in Avalon, working at the Princeton Inn part time, and began full time after retirement. Most recently he had worked as a Clerk for the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission in Rio Grande until retiring.

He was a Secular Franciscan and he was active in the Legion of Mary and the Knights of Columbus. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Camden on June 11, 2005 and served at St. Frances Cabrini (now St. Damien) Parish, serving for many years as both the wedding and bereavement coordinator. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

“Deacon Vincent Trainer’s entire life was dedicated to the Catholic Church,” said Deacon Leo McBlain, director of personnel for the permanent diaconate, Diocese of Camden. “Vince was a very detailed person. Even when his health began to fail, Vince tried to be attentive to his assignments.

He was predeceased by his parents: Frank T. and Gladys S. (nee Young) Trainer, and two brothers: David and Thomas.

Surviving are his brothers: James (Therese) Trainer, Richard (JoAnn) Trainer, Paul Trainer, sisters: Agnes Schrupp, Susanne (Mike) Mayock, Mary Anne (Ted) Regan and Christine (Capt. Joseph, Ret) Volpe. Also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he adored.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 16 at St. Frances Cabrini Church of St. Damien Parish, Ocean City.

Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa. at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Damien Parish, 1310 Ocean Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226.

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