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TRENCHAR   Reverend Dawson David Trenchard, 69, retired Pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Wallingford, and of Harwich, MA, died suddenly on Friday (August 16, 2002) at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. MA. Born in Wethersfield, January 22, 1933, he was a son of the late Ira W. and Irma A. Kendall Trenchard. Father Trenchard attended St. Peter School in Hartford, and was a graduate of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, as President of his class in 1952, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He was Ordained a Priest May 15, 1958, in St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Hartford by The Most Reverend Henry J. O'Brien. He was assigned as an assistant to St. Mary's Church in Branford in May 1958, then as assistant to St. Thomas in Southington in September 1958, St. Peter Church in Hartford in 1965, the Church of the Resurrection in Wallingford in 1966, St. Patrick in Farmington in 1969, as Assistant Pastor at St. George in Guilford in 1976. He had served as Pastor of St. Patrick-St. Anthony in Hartford from 1981 until 1990. He was then appointed as Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in 1990, served as Pastor until June of 2000, and held the position as Administrator of the Church until his retirement in July of 2000. Father Trenchard had resided at Our Lady of Fatima Church in the Yalesville section of Wallingford since his retirement. He has had a residence in Harwich for many years. Father had been the Chaplain of the East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department. He was predeceased by his only brother and sister-in-law, Kendall I. Trenchard, and Elizabeth Campion Trenchard of Guilford. He is survived by his eight beloved nieces and nephews, Mary Elizabeth Trenchard of Southington, Kendall B. Trenchard of Hebron, Thomas A. Trenchard of Avon, Mark C. Trenchard of Franklin, MA, Nell R. Trenchard of Morganville, NJ, Kathleen T. Quinlan of Alpharetta, GA, Major Terence D. Trenchard (USMC) of Newport, RI, and Patricia E. Trenchard of Dallas, TX; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. He was more than an uncle to his nieces and nephews. He was an important part of the family, and he will be sorely missed. He also leaves his faithful dog, Gretel; and many dear parishioners; and friends from Coast to Coast, who will remember him for his acts of generosity, kindness, and love. Father Trenchard's family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main Street Extension, Wallingford, Wednesday, August 21, from 1-3 p.m. He will be received at The Church of The Resurrection, Wallingford, Wednesday at 4 p.m., and will lie in state until 7:30 p.m., when a Parish Mass will be celebrated at the Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m. at The Church of The Resurrection. The Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin, Archbishop of Hartford, will be Principal Celebrant. Interment will be in Village Cemetery. Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to The Church of The Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 08492; or Gaylord Hospital, Gaylord Farm Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 19, 2002
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