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John Charles Trimbach 07/04/2016

NORTH ATTLEBORO - John Charles Trimbach, 61, of North Attleboro, MA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 4, 2016 at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston, MA after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.  John was born on April 2, 1955 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and was a lifelong resident of North Attleboro. A 1973 graduate of NAHS, John was a proud Red Rocketeer where he was affectionately known as “Trimmer”, “Trim”, and “Big Red”.  He was a standout athlete on both the football and track teams.  Upon graduation from NAHS, John was awarded a full football scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross and was a four-year starter at defensive tackle. He was inducted into the Attleboro Area Football Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility.  

After graduating from Holy Cross, John returned to North Attleboro and married his high school sweetheart, Michele (St. Martin) Trimbach on October 7, 1978.  John and Michele made their home in North Attleboro and raised their three daughters, Amy (Trimbach) Sheridan, Ashley (Trimbach) Hall and Abigail Trimbach.  While Michele and his daughters were his absolute pride and joy, John will also be remembered for his lifelong commitment to the community, both as an advocate for the World War II Memorial Pool and for his 26 year involvement in Pop Warner football.  John also served as member of the annual Balfour Trophy committee from 1978-2015 (up to the time of his illness), where he was one of the three voters for the Balfour Trophy recipient at the annual Thanksgiving Day football game.  As President of North Attleboro Junior Football for nearly 15 years, and a board member of the Hockomock Pop Warner Football League, John’s dedication and volunteerism has had a positive impact on thousands of area youth.  

Early in his career John worked as a sales representative for Eastco, a large distributer of appliances and electronics. Later, he founded Trimbach Associates, a national manufacturer’s representative company. For the past several years he has worked in sales management at Niveus Media and Russound Inc. Throughout his career John has also worked as a board member, advisor and contractor to several technology and electronics companies.

John was the son of the late Charles and Bernice Trimbach and the son-in-law of the late Robert St Martin.  He is survived by his loving wife, Michele Trimbach, his daughters, Amy Sheridan and her husband Noah, Ashley Hall and her husband Rick, and Abigail Trimbach, as well as his grandchildren Rowan and Denery Sheridan and Jack Hall.  John is also survived by his mother-in-law Elaine St Martin of North Attleboro, his brother Phillip LeClair and Phil’s wife Beverly of Sanford, ME, his sister Karen Klowan of North Attleboro, MA and his extended family James and Robin Brennan of Harwich, MA, Lisa Klowan of Manchester, NH, Jim, Chanelle, Tyler and Nathan Brennan of Valrico, FL, Rob, Natalie, James and Madeline Brennan of North Attleboro, Cara Brennan of North Attleboro, Marc, Ethan and Evan Klowan of Cumberland, RI, Jennifer, J.D. and Jaxson Abdinoor of Litchfield, NH and Jacqueline LeClaire of Springdale, ME.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 7 from 4-8 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church followed by burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to John Trimbach Scholarship Fund, c/o Bristol County Savings Bank, 96 Commonwealth Avenue, Attleboro Falls, MA 02763.

Arrangements entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.

 

 

 

   

Comments  

#62 Judith Cobb 2016-07-21 01:40
My sympathy and Prayers . John was an amazing person. I am quite sure there is not another "Big Red". He was certainly the gentle giant . God Bless you all.
#61 Jonathan Kruk HC77 2016-07-09 16:47
When I met John at Holy Cross, I found his impressive size and Viking haircut daunting. His warm gregarious way, however, not only welcomed but made him a great friend. Trimmer never failed to engage with a story sharing his take on any subject. I am honored to have known John and feel deeply saddened.
#60 Lynda Rickard 2016-07-09 15:33
Words cannot express how deeply sorrowful I am for you, Michelle & family. I'm sorry I could not be there with you as I just found out of John's passing. Praying that God give you a peace beyond understanding in the coming days knowing John is home with our Lord with no more suffering & no more pain and we'll see him again someday in Heaven. Love you & God Bless.
#59 Rose Holland 2016-07-09 00:46
My sincere condolences to the Trimbach family. To John, a former high school classmate, I am so sad to hear about your illness and passing. You were a wonder cup person all through high school and I am glad to have crossed your path. Rest in peace. May Gods grace be with your family.
#58 Debbie Walsh 2016-07-09 00:04
Michelle and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Debbie from Waterman
#57 Patricia Cronin-Sevi 2016-07-08 19:51
Condolences to John's family and friends.
#56 Robert Jackson HC77 2016-07-08 17:31
John Trimbach was a giant of a man in many admirable ways. Profoundly generous, he made everyone feel welcomed and accepted in his presence. Holding court over a master sound system (and lots of vinyl), his influence on the musical tastes of a generation of Crusaders cannot be underestimated. To Michele and family, in your sorrow, find solace knowing your "Big Red" was universally loved.
#55 Brian Cashman HC 77 2016-07-08 14:28
On behalf of the Class of '77, may I express our deepest condolences to the entire Trimbach family, especially Michelle and the girls. He was a highly visible member of our class and we were all proud of his achievements both on and off the field of play. He will be missed.
Brian Cashman
Class Co-Chair, Class of 1977
#54 Mary Jeannotte 2016-07-08 11:38
It is sad to lose such a vital part of your family. Fortunately he is at peace.
#53 Jill & Gus Reynolds 2016-07-08 02:43
Mrs. Trimbach, amy, noah, ashley, ricky, abby and all extended family, there are no words to express how sorry we are to hear about your dads passing! North Attleboro will never be the same, and we will miss him dearly. I have never witnessed a better friendship between 2 people, as i did with our dads! Mr. T, was a great person and a wonderful friend. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this very sad time.We
#52 The Fontaine Family 2016-07-08 00:18
So very sorry for your loss! Praying you find peace in all the memories! It was always a pleasure to see John at my sons football games!
#51 Brenda Morse Harcovi 2016-07-07 22:52
Sincere condolences to the family of John. He was a great classmate and a wonderful person.
#50 Michelle Barbieri 2016-07-07 22:07
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. God bless
#49 Jim Cummings, HC 77 2016-07-07 20:50
My heartfelt condolences to the Trimbach Family. I was a classmate of John's @ Holy Cross. As many have already said, he was a giant on the gridiron but a great guy and classmate off of the field. Rest in Peace my Friend.
#48 Danielle Jackson 2016-07-07 20:48
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Trimbach family. May the love and out pouring of community support help you through this impossible time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
The Jackson and O'Brien families
#47 Kathleen Harrop 2016-07-07 20:44
Michele, Amy, Ashley,Abby and your beautiful babies, our sympathy is with you today, tomorrow and long after, youll be in our thoughts and prayers. hugs Kathy, Jessica, and Amy.
#46 Terry Fleming 2016-07-07 18:59
I'm so sorry for your loss John was the best. Of the best!! He will be missed! My prayers and sympathy to you and family love to all
#45 Mike Ryan 2016-07-07 18:49
John was one of the finest men in the consumer electronics industry, truly knowledgable and talented in all aspects of bringing products to market. It was my great pleasure over the years to work with him on several projects. He was a great gentleman to all who were lucky enough to know him. He will be greatly missed by us all. May God rest his soul and comfort his family. You are all in my prayers.
#44 Bob Evangelista 2016-07-07 18:47
Knew John for many years during my football coaching years in both Hyde Park & Stoughton as well as Director. John was a great person with a wonderful wife in Michelle and his beautiful daughters. He will be sorely missed as every year during the football season I looked forward to seeing the gentle giant come across the field with a big smile to greet me with a handshake. My prayers are with the entire Trimbach family. RIP in John.
#43 Garnet Schmitz 2016-07-07 17:41
I offer my condolences to John's family and friends, he will be missed.

Garnet Schmitz
#42 Pam Quinn 2016-07-07 17:35
So very sorry for your loss.
Deepest Sympathy

Pam Quinn
#41 Jan and Rich Estrela 2016-07-07 17:30
Our deepest sympathy, prayers and love to your family...North Attleboro has now gained a legend to never be forgotten 'Big Red'...His legacy will truley always be honored in N.A...a great man who formed a legacy in all the people and kids lives he touched...God Bless
#40 Leroy Smith HC77 2016-07-07 16:30
Trimmer was a great football player and a greater guy. This is a true passing of the guard. My condolences to the family.
#39 Joni Fairbanks 2016-07-07 15:14
Michelle-
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.

Joni Fairbanks
Taylor Cash Henriques
Doug Cash
#38 The Rabuffo family 2016-07-07 15:14
Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear about John's passing . Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Joe,Jackie,Kris tina,Joey
#37 Laurie & Doug Miller 2016-07-07 15:12
We are so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
#36 Nancy & Bob Lepper 2016-07-07 14:39
To Michelle and family, Phil and Karen and families.
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of
John. He was like a member of our family from the time he was born. My mother and father (James and Eileen
Fish) were his godparents. He had wonderful parents
who loved him dearly and he is now with them. You all
were blessed to have him in your lives. May he rest in
peace.
#35 Clay Moore 2016-07-07 13:32
Michelle,
May God bless you and your family. Throughout my business life John represented the best of the best. A finer person I never encountered. Complete class, a true professional and friend. May the Easter promise comfort you until you are with John again. Clay and Gail Moore.
#34 The Riel family 2016-07-07 13:17
We are all so sorry for your loss of a great Dad,husband,gra ndfather and friend!He will always live in in our hearts and dreams!Love,Gar y,Darlene and family.
#33 Robert Moriarty 2016-07-07 13:09
I knew John many years ago at Holy Cross. We spent many hours listening to his collection of music. Gentle Giant. So sorry for your loss.
#32 Donna Galkowski 2016-07-07 11:19
Sending hugs and prayers to you Michele and your family, God Bless xo
#31 Dick & Judi Plante 2016-07-07 11:09
Sending our condolences to the Trimbach family.
#30 Cynthia Smith 2016-07-07 11:05
John was a wonderful man! A person so many people looked up to. He cared for and poured his heart out to those close enough to call him a friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family. My deepest sympathy at such a hard time.
Love you all,
Cynthia
#29 Holly Hardt 2016-07-07 10:46
Michele, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
#28 Glenn Trost 2016-07-07 04:29
My deepest condolences and best wishes to John's family friends. I was a year behind John at NAHS, and was his teammate on the track team. Although he was the most physically powerful member of the team, he was sways thoughtful and kind to others. I always remember him as a good young man. R.I.P.
#27 Helen and Kristina O 2016-07-07 04:28
So sorry for your loss, our thoughst and prayers are with all of you at this time.
#26 Rich Carreau 2016-07-07 03:12
Very sad to hear the news of John's passing. We recently connected online after almost decades, since our paths crossed at NAHS and Holy Cross. To Michele, please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved John. My prayers and thoughts are with you. John, thanks for all the good times on the NAHS football team and for all the memories then...God Bless
#25 Joyce Hayman-Devolve 2016-07-07 03:06
So very sorry for the loss of a true gentleman. My condolence to Michele, Amy, Ashley and Abigail and extended family.
#24 The Hitchcock Family 2016-07-06 23:14
To Michelle, Amy, Ashley, Abby, and all other family members and dear friends of John, please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
John was a wonderful, compassionate, kind-hearted, good, good man and we feel blessed to have know him.

With Our Love and Sympathy,
Patty & Wayne Hitchcock
#23 paul medeiros 2016-07-06 22:03
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time.
#22 Bill Kelly 2016-07-06 21:20
There are times, though rare, when words do not do justice to the man. Such is the case with John Trimbach.
#21 Dianne Conboy 2016-07-06 21:20
my thoughts and prayers to you michelle and the girls. He fought the good fight!
#20 Elyse Engel 2016-07-06 20:23
Thank you for all your hard work with Pop Warner football.You were that guy who would listen to you even if you were complaing.Your husband and your father left a legacy.May that help you in the coming day's♡
#19 Terri Bassett-Bezak 2016-07-06 20:22
My sincere condolences to the Trimbach family and friends. The community of N. Attleboro has lost a dear friend and he helped so many kids through pop warner football, my nephews included. May you RIP
#18 Jack Wrigley 2016-07-06 20:00
God bless you, John. Thanks for your friendship over the years. Blessings to your entire family.
#17 Dana Kleczkowski 2016-07-06 19:26
Michele, Amy, Ashley, and Abby,
There are no words to express how sorry we are for your loss. John was a wonderful man in so many ways, and we can only hope that the outpouring of love you feel from friends, family and community can, in some small way, ease your pain ever so slightly. You have an entire community here for you! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
With love,
The Kleczkowski's
#16 Meaghan 2016-07-06 19:03
Rest in peace my friend.
#15 Nancy Reidel 2016-07-06 18:36
My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Trimbach family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult journey. May your hearts and minds be filled with all the wonderful memories you had with John. May he rest in peace
#14 Scott Cerrone 2016-07-06 17:48
You were a role model for so many. It was my honor to have known you and to call you friend. You were loved and you eill be missed. My prayers go to your family whose grief is beyond words. Go with God and prepare a room for us who follow! Respectfully, Scott Cerrone, Lt Col, USAF (Retired)
#13 Scott Smith 2016-07-06 17:26
The sprightly twinkle in John's eyes will shine ever brightly. Such was his life mission.
#12 Jeffrey Smith HC #64 2016-07-06 17:22
I went to HC and played football there mainly due to Trimmer. Trim was my host for a weekend visit and lived in a large 4 man football player room. It was crazy good weekend as Trim and roommates were loved by all encountered on the campus. Trim was a gentle gaint off the field and a whole lot of trouble for the other team on the field; boy, could he play football. I am sorry to hear of Trim's passing. My good wishes and prayers to the family and God Speed Trimmer!
#11 Powell family 2016-07-06 17:05
Thoughts and prayers to the family. John was an amazing man and will not be forgotten. RIP John. Xo
#10 Lorraine Weymouth 2016-07-06 16:58
What a legacy John has left behind. To his Beautiful family, my heart is broken for all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time John was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Michelle, please know I am thinking of you. You two together created so much beauty in this world and in the town of North Attleboro. I am so thankful for all you two have done together.
#9 Ed Wojciechowski 2016-07-06 15:27
Michelle, Merry & I want share our sympathy with you and the your family. I have great memories of John and our St. Martin-Wojo get togethers. Your family was truly blessed and John was such a loving guy. Will miss his big smile and laugh. Merry and I will pray for God's comfort and peace upon your entire family.
Blessings,
Ed Wojciechowski
#8 Leslee Murphy 2016-07-06 14:14
Michele and Family,

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. There are truly no words. I didn't have the opportunity to work on the board for too long with him but in my short time as a working with him it was clear (as if it weren't before) how much he truly loved NAJF, North, and most importantly his family. I remember meeting the girls and those beautiful babies at registration and as I told him how beautiful you all were he truly beamed and said "I am a lucky man." I was truly blessed to have known him and the North Community was lucky to have him. I am certain he will be smiling down from the heavens as NAJF takes the field this year and I know that he will always shine his light over you all.
My deepest sympathies to you all.
With Love,
Leslee
#7 M Renzi 2016-07-06 14:10
My friend John:

I remember meeting John through our mutual friend Tom Taylor.I had no idea who he was, I just knew he was "somebody". Men like John are so incredibly rare. He always managed to do what was right. No matter how difficult the decision if you weighed the pros and cons of any given scenario John made the right call. I do not know how many people North Attleboro has in it’s community that are like him. He gave so much to our town asking nothing in return. His only goal was having balanced youth programs we could all be proud of. I know for absolute certain that he will be missed beyond any normal comprehension. It may take years to measure the impact. RIP Big Red!!
#6 John and Maura Fulle 2016-07-06 14:03
Michelle
My very deepest sympathy to you and your beautiful family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
John and Maura Fuller
#5 John Caranci 2016-07-06 13:56
A true gentleman prayers and good wishes to his
Family
#4 Jim Bergeron 2016-07-06 13:45
Condolences to John's family and friends.
#3 The Roche Family 2016-07-06 13:18
Words can not express how heartbroken we are to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. North Attleboro will miss it's Big Red father figure. All our love, the Roche family.
#2 Sylvia Pensavalle 2016-07-06 13:04
The world has lost a good man. My heart is heavy and saddened for Michele and the entire family. You are all in my thoughts.
Love, Sylvia
#1 Adele Hornsby 2016-07-06 12:59
You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

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