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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 Tampa Bay Times on Jul. 26, 2009.
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August 15, 2009
To the Trump Family:
We are truly sorry for your loss and please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless.
Marlene, Vince, and Nathaniel Campbell
July 29, 2009
To the Trump Family,
My Grandparents Bernie and Alice Bricketto were such good friends with your parents...I got to know them from such an early age all through the Knights...I remember so many stories my Pop told of your Dad...he was an amazing man with the best smile in the world! Your family will be in our prayers...
Erica
July 29, 2009
John, Jerry and the Trump Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I don't know if you will remember me but we went to Transfiguration Parish School together. My dad was also a Chief Petty Office in the Coast Guard, and knew your father as well. And if memory services me correctly I think your family lived across the street from my grandmother. Funny how paths tend to cross each other.
I did not know your father personally, but I have heard stories.
Even though we have had no contact for 30+ years, I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless!
Debbie (Walton) Voulgares
July 28, 2009
Jerry,Frank,Terry & all of your family,
I send my most comforting thoughts &
prayers as you endure this difficult time. I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad and know the heartache
you feel. Jerry, you have some great memories of your recent vegetable garden with your Dad and the fun you shared. God Bless each of you!
Bonnie Whelan
July 27, 2009
Such a good and kind man and such a devout Catholic. Your dedication and devotion, kind deeds and actions will be rewarded for all eternity.
Meyers family
July 26, 2009
My heart is sad....for God has called home a most very Special Angel. I must trust ,though, that God knows what's best for us because
Bill always believed He did ! What faith and dedication he had to the Lord! Our world was a much better place with Bill Trump in it and I'm sure all those who knew this wonderful man would agree with me.
Yes, I am sad for those of us who will no longer have him in our lives...but we are all the richer for having known him. And our memories of him will sustain us. So thank you, Lord, for sharing him with us! And Bill....you "go rest high on that mountain"! You deserve it! Happy reunion with Jeanne, Tommy and Danny !
Nan Bell (St. Petersburg, FL)
July 26, 2009
Mr. Trump...WIllie...He watched over Colette and I with knowing and love. Of course, he did let us mow lawns for $10 a week !! He was so fun...hey Donner, how are ya...You will be missed but I know you are with your beloved Jeanne. See you later, Mr Trump. Donna Carroll
Donna Carroll
July 26, 2009
Was caught by surprise when reading the paper today and saw Bill's picture. I was friends of the family many, many years ago in Bloomsburg. My name is Patsy Davis Lumley. We all lived in Magee Row. My sister Lois Davis Matrulla was a friend of Betty and Mary. We lived so close here in FL and I didn't even know it! I live in Largo.
My sincere condolences go out to all of the family.
Patsy Lumley
July 26, 2009
Sorry for your lost. Bill was a great friend of my parents.

Andrea Westover
(The Schellhorn's)
Andrea Westover
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