James "Jim" Trentini

James  Jim Trentini
American Flight 11

To See the Grandchildren

In retirement, James and Mary Trentini traveled at every opportunity, wherever their fancy took them. But in particular they liked to go to California to see their daughter Patti in Irvine.

Patti was the mother of three of their grandchildren, ages 2 to 7, and it was great fun to haul the grandchildren off to the beach or to soccer games or, most of all, to Disneyland.

Mr. Trentini, 65, a former schoolteacher, and Mrs. Trentini, 67, a former school secretary, lived in Everett, Mass. But every Christmas would find them in Irvine and sometimes they would linger there for weeks, lavishing attention on the grandchildren while waiting for the warmth of spring to return to New England.

This year they headed out to California early. Patti had called to say that she and her husband, Donald Paris, were planning to take a couple of weeks of vacation back east on Martha's Vineyard and would "Grandpa" and "Mimmie" mind flying out to the West Coast to baby-sit?

The Trentinis immediately booked a flight for Los Angeles: American Airlines Flight 11, the flight they always took west. They were scheduled to fly out Sept. 10, and had so many presents for the grandchildren that they needed an extra suitcase. Then Mr. Trentini was summoned for a day of jury duty on the 10th. They rebooked for Sept. 11.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 13, 2001.

James "Jim", 65, of Rowley, MA, perished in the crash of American Airlines Flight #11, on September 11, 2001. Husband of the late Mary Trentini. Survived by his four loving children, Patti Trentini of Irvine, CA, Paige Landry of Rowley, MA, Pamela Trentini of Newburyport, MA and Jimmy Trentini of Daytona Beach, FL. Beloved by his four grandchildren, Albert Landry, Parker, Payton and Piper Paris. Jim is also survived by his five sisters, Mary Luciano, Lorraine Egan, Patricia Malatesta, Della Spadafora, and Bernice Barletta. Jim was a long time teacher, coach and administrator at a number of area schools. He retired from the Burlington School District as Head of the Health Education Department. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rowley, MA at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 15. Please come to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of this gentle person.

Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on 9/14/2001.

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