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Captain Philip Trimble

Philip Trimble, Captain, USN – Retired, 9/28/2018 - Aged 87 Born in Bethlehem, PA into modest depression-era circumstances, he was raised by his mother, his maternal grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. After high school, while working full time to pay tuition, he attended Moravian College where he earned a BS in Business Administration. Later, he graduated with a MS degree in Management from the USN Post Graduate School in Monterey CA and earned a Post-Master's degree from George Washington University. Phil was great believer in hard work, and started his working life in a variety of jobs: pin boy, day laborer, life guard, and electronics assembler. Later, he served as a Naval Officer and after retiring he served as the Executive Director of a trade and professional society. Phil's 27 year career in the Navy began with being commissioned as an Ensign after completing Officer Candidate School. He served on the USS Kite, AMS-22, the USS Decatur, DD-936, and the USS San Diego, AFS-6. Phil was also stationed at various shore facilities around the world including an assignment as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Supply Center Subic Bay, Philippines, the navy's largest overseas supply facility and finally as the Director of Supply Corps Personnel. Throughout his career he was awarded many prestigious commendations. While life guarding at a local pool, just two weeks before he was to report for active duty in the Navy, he met the love of his life, Patricia A. Woodring. A four year, long distance courtship followed, resulting in a love affair that would last 61 years. They traveled around the world together, moving every 2-3 years as Navy orders dictated, and raised 4 children, Colleen, Patrick, Philip and Michael. He was an avid sailor, fisherman, hunter, marksman, reader, lover of classical music, and traveler. While traveling around the world with the love of his life, they visited all seven continents and both Polar Regions. His love of country was only exceeded by his love of his family. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 61 years, Pat, his three sons, Patrick (Lori), Philip (Kim), and Michael (Alison), and 4 grandchildren, Cory (Da'Rin), Kelli, Kari and Will. He was predeceased by his daughter Colleen (1979). Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Please visit www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net to post condolences.
Published in Daily Press on Oct. 3, 2018
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