He wasn’t biologically related, but I knew him since I was 4, and I always called him Uncle Gerry. I remember him standing on a ladder, painting the trim while belting out “If I Were a Rich Man” or something by Gilbert & Sullivan. He was always in charge of the Children’s Work Detail on vacations at Deep Creek Lake, and drove us crazy with yet another job carrying rocks from one spot to another (often to be carried back a few days later) or picking up sticks in the forest (yes, really), but he always ruled us with a smile, and a heart as wide as the lake. At my wedding, he was the big man holding a pink umbrella over me to keep the rain off my dress. He was a true original, and he will be missed.
Obituary for Gerald F. Trainor
Gerald Francis Trainor (87), of Ashburn, VA, passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 3, 2020. “Gerry” was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Francis Trainor and Claire Trainor Marsh. He was raised in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York and came to the Washington D.C. area in 1959 after serving as a United States Air Force Sargent during the Korean War. For 43, years he lived and raised his family in Springfield/Burke, VA before retiring to Gainesville, VA and later moving to Ashburn, VA.
Gerry graduated from the University of Maryland as an electrical engineer and over the years, completed various graduate courses at George Washington and George Mason Universities. After 25 years with the Federal Aviation Administration where he earned several Letters of Commendation, he worked another 10 years as a consultant representing the engineering needs of electronic manufacturing companies which were active with the F.A.A.
Gerry was known for his love of skiing, playing tennis, golf and softball. He also immensely enjoyed coaching his children (and grandchildren) on various youth basketball teams in Northern Virginia. He was a loyal parishioner of the Catholic Church and member of The Knights of Columbus organization. Gerry had endless energy and will be remembered for his sense of humor. He placed his wife, children and grandchildren at the center of his life; they were all his true pride and joy.
He is survived by his wife Anne of 61 years, his daughter Kathleen Schuyler (John) of Harrisburg, PA, his son Gerald P Trainor (Jennifer) of McLean, VA, six grandchildren; Colin, Patrick and Blair Schuyler, Maclean, Gordon and Ian Trainor. He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters; Claire Dorgan, Marilyn Trainor and Carol Murphy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Theresa Catholic Church 21370 Saint Theresa Lane Ashburn, VA 20147. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:00am until the time of the Mass. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gerry’s memory may be made to: Honor Flight – Top of Virginia, PO Box 163, Middletown, VA 22645 (www.honorflight-tov.org).