Boonville- Lester W. Trainor, 94, a long-time resident of Ford St. and husband of Nancy, passed away at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Les was born in Rome, on September 18, 1925, a son of Byron W. and Jessie Reigler Trainor. He grew up on the Trainor homestead farm, on the Osecola Road, near West Leyden and received his education at West Leyden Central School. In 1942, during his junior year in high school, Les left school, to work on his family’s farm. In June of 1943, he returned to school in order to take his exams and graduated from West Leyden Central School, with the Class of 1943. While in high school he enjoyed participating on the basketball team. After graduation, he continued to work on his family’s dairy farm.
On April 10, 1948, Les was united in marriage with the love of his life, Nancy Roberts, at the First Baptist Church of Rome. This was a loving and happy union of 67 years, until Nancy passed away on June 14, 2015.
During the 1950’s Les began many years of employment as an attendant and auto mechanic at Bourgeois Esso Station, in downtown Boonville. Later he was employed part time at the Boonville Post Office, before many years of full time employment at the post office, first as a letter carrier, before retiring in 1987, as a Postal Clerk. Beginning in 1987 and for many years thereafter, he was employed part time for Trainor Funeral Home, Boonville.
Les enjoyed a lifelong interest in antique cars and he and Nancy and friends enjoyed many trips in their Model T’s as well as on their Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He also greatly enjoyed a life interest in aircraft, aviation and flying in small planes, as well as extensive snowmobile riding with Nancy and friends during the 1960’s and 70’s.
Most of all, Lester greatly loved his wife and his four daughters and his family. He is survived by daughters, Deborah and son in law, Dale Liddle, Forestport, Donna and son in law Matthew Ripp, Boonville, Diane and son in law, Chester Worden, West Branch and Rebecca Oeschger and her partner, Gerald Krusper, Greig, NY and by 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson, Samuel Trainor Ripp, in 1986, by a brother, Howard Trainor, in 1996 and by a sister, Norma Palmer.
His family extends a note of heartfelt thanks and great appreciation to the staff of Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, for the kind and compassionate care rendered to Les during his time at the facility.
His services will be private with interment in Boonville Cemetery. Later his family plans to hold a Memorial Service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Rome P.O. Box 4572, Rome, NY 13442, or to Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Resident Activities Fund, 232 Academy St. Boonville, NY 13309. His funeral arrangements are in care Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.
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