Richard A. Trachy Sr.

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Richard A. Trachy Sr. passed away on Aug. 21, 2014.

Richard (Dick) Trachy was born on March 12, 1923, at his parents' home in Franklin, N.H., the second child of six to Arville and Yvonne Trachy. He attended Franklin High School and the University of New Hampshire, receiving a bachelor's degree cum laude in electrical engineering. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army. On June 14, 1947, he married Jeannette Horzempa in Franklin.

He then joined Western Union where he and Jeannette traveled the country setting up telephone relay stations. In 1950, he began his career with IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He worked in several roles within IBM, bringing him to Rochester in 1965. Dick eventually became a manager in the newly formed Development Lab here. He held several management positions at IBM in Rochester, eventually retiring as senior site manager in 1983. He was very proud of his career at IBM; first and foremost he loved dealing with the people. He also enjoyed the management and technical challenges presented during the rise of the computer age. His proudest accomplishment was bringing the System 3 development project to Rochester, establishing Rochester as the major player in the midrange computing marketplace. He was asked to join the Board of Trustees of Saint Marys Hospital, beginning a 10-year involvement that he relished. He became president for two years, finally leaving the Saint Mary's Board in 1986. He also served on the board of directors for Minnesota First Credit and Savings. Upon fully retiring, he taught classes in personal computing to seniors at the Rochester Senior Citizens Center. His lessons enabled many seniors to learn how to use email and other PC applications.

One of Dick's favorite pastimes was fishing. He especially enjoyed the annual trip he and his friends took to Lac de Mille Lacs in Canada and later to Lake Michigan with, on occasion, his grandchildren. Dick loved relaxing at his cottage in Shell Lake, Wis., with his family, working on his computer, playing golf and bridge and also casting his inquisitive mind in new directions. He was unfailingly kind, generous and respectful to all he met. Dick was a true gentleman, a devoted father and a loving husband to Jeanette for 67 years.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his four children, Richard Jr. (Cyndi), Jeffrey (Josephine), Mary Asselin (Robert), Suzanne Sitko (Bruce); eight grandchildren, James, Jennifer, Scott, Thomas, Elizabeth, Julia, Elana and Janet, and four great grandchildren, all of whom will miss him and remember his calm and wise advice. He is preceded in death by his three brothers.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church (11 4th Ave. SW). Visitation will start at 9 a.m. until the time of the service. 



Published in The Post-Bulletin on Aug. 23, 2014
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