In Loving Memory of William Trainor

William Trainor

William Trainor

Roaring Brook Township, PA June 16, 1962 ~ July 3, 2019 Date of Service: July 9, 2019

William "Bill" Trainor, 57, of Roaring Brook Twp., died Wednesday night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia surrounded by his loving family after a 10-year battle with mylefibrosis. He and his wife, the former Andrea Gillette, would have celebrated 32 years of marriage in November.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Roland and Margaret Lee Trainor, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School and attended Penn State University. He was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of corporal. Before retirement, Bill was employed by both Specialty Defense as the director of engineering and as vice president and general manager for BAE Systems, covering its operations in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee. He had received a patent for co-designing a model for military chin straps used on military helmets. He was a member of the Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League, Scranton, and SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore.

In his free time he was never sitting down, always active as he enjoyed playing basketball, golfing and was an avid bike rider. He loved to be outdoors and would spend his later years enjoying his birdfeeders that he loved so much. He loved his dog, Ben, who he shared a close bond with in his 20s and 30s.

Bill was a devoted and loving family man who always had the ability to make his family and friends laugh with his dry sense of humor. Bill was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Vikings, and loved to reminisce about the Philadelphia 76ers of the 1980s, especially his favorite player, Julius "Dr. J" Erving.

He was an extremely hard worker and was a master mechanical engineer with the ability to look at complex situations and find solutions, all while meticulous with every detail no matter how small or minute. He received several BAE System's Chairman's awards for product and government defense contracting. While employed, he had the opportunity to travel often to numerous military bases across the nation and around the world.

Bill's family would like to thank Dr. Elizabeth Hexner and Dr. Daria Babushok, the entire staff at the University of Pennsylvania surgical intensive care unit at Rhoads 5 and also the entire staff of the transplant unit at Rhoads 7 and Dr. Michael Rogan and Dr. Louis DeNaples for all their dedicated and compassionate care.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by and was extremely proud of his three sons: twins, Roland, Dunmore; and Nicholas, Orlando, Fla.; and William, of Roaring Brook Twp.; two sisters, Donna and Leslie Trainor, both of Dunmore; his brother-in-law, whom he considered a brother, Nicky Gillette, Dunmore, and his wife, Audra; and his father and mother–in-law, Guy and Peggy Gillette, Scranton. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, especially his three nieces, Liza, Brooke and Nicole Gillette, with whom he shared a special bond. 

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald and John "Jack" Trainor.

Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial for Bill on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street, Dunmore. There are no calling hours prior to the time of Mass. Interment with military honors to follow in Dunmore Cemetery.

In remembering Bill, please consider a contribution in his name to MPN Research Foundation, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1870, Chicago, IL 60601; or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

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JIM & ANN MARIE KINANE
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Re: In Loving Memory of William Trainor
Reply #15 on : Sat July 13, 2019, 10:24:16
WE ARE SO SORY FOR YOUR LOSS.
WE WILL KEEP BILL AND ALL OF YOU IN OUR PRAYERS.

THE KINANE FAMILY
Joe Zayac
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Re: In Loving Memory of William Trainor
Reply #14 on : Thu July 11, 2019, 12:07:26
Our very sincere condolences to all family and friends...God bless him and family and friends!!
Bill and Lucy Wallen
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Re: In Loving Memory of William Trainor
Reply #13 on : Wed July 10, 2019, 09:41:12
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a very knowledgeable man. We worked with him on several projects at Patriot Industries in Ky.
Our prayers are with the family.
Bill and Lucy Wallen
Rob Monks
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Memories of Bill
Reply #12 on : Wed July 10, 2019, 08:17:40
Andrea and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss, as I can't imagine how tough this must be...I worked with Bill at BAE Systems and Armor Holdings for many years and enjoyed every moment of it. He was a talented, hard worker with a dry sense of humor that everyone loved. Once at a senior leadership strategy brainstorm being led by an outside firm, the leader noticed he hadn't heard much from Bill that day, so he said "Bill, we haven't heard much from you today, do you have any comments for the group", to which Bill replied "Nope, but I'm thinking a lot!". I have many memories of this quick wit...thinking of him always brings a smile to my face. Thank you Bill for your friendship and leadership...we will miss you.
Dave Czankner And Family
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Condolences
Reply #11 on : Tue July 09, 2019, 22:45:19
Deepest Sympathy to Andrea and Family.
God Bless
Mary Beth Scalzo
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Thinking of you
Reply #10 on : Mon July 08, 2019, 22:04:58
Dear Andrea and family,
I am so sorry to hear this. Sending many prayers and blessings. God bless you all.

Mary Beth Scalzo
Jeff Ingram
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Memories
Reply #9 on : Mon July 08, 2019, 21:18:42
I worked for Bill at BAE Systems from 1995 until the closing of our Tennessee plants. Bill was man of integrity and was a very fair and kind gentleman to work for. He was more than my superior, he treated me and all those that worked for him as friends. He will be sorely missed. I am certainly praying for the family during this difficult time.
Paul Rafter
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Sincere Condolences
Reply #8 on : Mon July 08, 2019, 20:36:31
Andrea and Nick,

So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please pass on my condolences to Andrea and her three boys.
Nicky . . . I realize how very close you and Bill were and that no words can comfort. Know that I am thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. Respectively, Paul and Debby Rafter
Mike "Turk" Brazil
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Billy
Reply #7 on : Mon July 08, 2019, 20:21:32
I met Bill in kindergarten, so much fun to grow up with. Proud to say he was a true friend and always there when you needed him. He will be missed more than words can express. Condolences to the Trainor and Gillette families. God bless him.
Yvette Silen Gallo
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Sorry for the loss
Reply #6 on : Mon July 08, 2019, 15:10:11
Rest in Peace. Sorry for the loss. Worked with him at BAE System Jessup, PA 2008-2011 and great guy
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