Gerald Ritchie Trenholm, husband of Mary (Smith) Trenholm, of Amherst and formerly of Fort Lawrence, passed away suddenly on June 21, 2012 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.
He was a son of the late Alfred and Helen (Atkinson) Trenholm, born in Fort Lawrence in 1923, the last surviving member of his family.
Leaving to mourn his passing is his wife Mary of 60 years, son G. Brian Trenholm (Barbara) Fredericton, NB, daughters Marlene Trenholm Pye (Hugh) Penticton, BC, and Susan Wall (Lloyd) Edmonton, AB, and three grandchildren, Lewis Pugh, Penticton; Tara Raberdeen (Steve) Smithers, BC, and Bradley Wall, Edmonton, AB. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, an infant grandson, Shane Russell Wall, as well as brother’s Gordon (Margaret); Aubrey (Josephine); Carmen (Phyllis) and sister Frances Glenwright (William).
Gerald attended school in Fort Lawrence and the Amherst High School, and operated the family farm in Fort Lawrence, where he was the Postmaster for a number of years. During the war years he was employed at the former aircraft plant, Enamel & Heating, he operated Trenholm’s Texaco Service Station and managed the school bus office for McLellan Bus Line as well as driving a school bus for a number of years, retiring due to ill health. He made a trip to England with the Merchant Navy, on the Lady Nelson, after the war, to bring home the wounded troops.
He was a member of Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, Men’s Club, Friends Unlimited and the former Square Circle group. He enjoyed many years of curling and was a past member of the Amherst Curling Club, charter member of the Amherst Y’s Men, Cumberland Twirlers and active in several farm organizations. During his retirement years he spent the winters in Florida where he was active in shuffleboard groups and bridge clubs. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and made several overseas trips.
He will be missed by his family and friends. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.
Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Campbell’s Funeral Home, Amherst (667-9906). No visitation by request. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, Amherst with Rev. Susan Estabrooks officiating. Reception will follow after the service. Interment will take place in the Fort Lawrence Cemetery.
Online condolences may be forwarded to the family via: www.campbellsamherst.ca