TRUMP, William Francis Age 85, passed away July 24th, 2009. He was a warrior all his life and put up a brave fight all the way till the end. He passed away at his home surrounded by his family, just how he wanted it. He was born in Bloomsburg, PA on Nov. 7th. 1923. After lying about his age, he joined the Coast Guard at age 17. He fought heroically in the D-Day invasion and was awarded the Silver Star. He retired after 22 years in the Coast Guard as a Chief Petty Officer. At his retirement in 1965 he was given a 16-gauge shot gun and blew up a seagull as his final good-bye from the military. He also worked for Belcher Oil Co. for 15 years. In October of 1949 he married Jeanne Valeski, the love of his life. They remained married until her death in 2006. He and Jeanne had 8 children. He was preceded in death by his sons, Thomas and Danny. The 6 surviving children are, Collette A. Eddy, Melissa Bailey, Frank W. Trump, Theresa Carothers, John Trump and Jerry Trump. There are also 24 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Bill was a devout Catholic, a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus and donated countless hours to the needy. He lived and died by strong, solid principles. He was a great man. He was forever the warrior. Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 6-8pm at the funeral home, where a rosary and K of C service will be conducted at 7:30pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9am Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at Transfiguration Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. R. Lee Williams & Son 3530 49th St. N 527-1177 www.rlwilliams.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 26, 2009