WATERVILLE – John Greenleaf Trinward, 59, died Nov. 20, 2012, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Waterville. He was born Feb. 22, 1953, in Rumford, to Margaret G. and John W. Trinward.
He lived in Bethel and graduated from Telstar High School as the valedictorian of his class in 1971. John graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 1975 and received his Master of Business Administration degree in 1977. John was an environmental engineer and owned and operated his own company – Castine Energy Services. He worked in power plants and paper mills throughout the New England region improving air and water quality while helping companies improve their energy conservation and plant processing. On Jan. 2, 1977, John married the love of his life and his best friend, Pamela Jabar. They had been married for 35 loving years. They had four children and raised them in large part in Waterville. They spent many happy days coaching and cheering their children at soccer games, basketball games and school performances. John was a favorite coach to many kids in the Waterville area, as well as the host of many hours of tutoring sessions at his kitchen table teaching physics and any challenging science or math course. He was known for teaching his athletes and students about the rules of the sport, and the game of life. A wonderful man, a friend to everyone he met and a person of eternal optimism, with the expression “It’s a beautiful thing!” always at the tip of his tongue. John was an avid skier and spent his childhood skiing at Sunday River. He taught his four children to ski at Sugarloaf and in his most recent years really found his home and special place at the mountain with Pam. He loved late night chats with his friends and family full of craft beer, board games, puzzles and funny stories around his chiminea or kitchen table. John loved the Red Sox and the sport of baseball; he lived for the seventh inning stretch to stand and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and his extraordinary presence made it impossible not to sing along.
Surviving are his wife, Pam; his father, Jack of Waterford; his brother, Kevin and wife, Cindy, of Gray; his children, JT and Sarah Trinward of South Portland, Kate and Akanimo Udo of Washington, D.C., Misty and Nick Fitzgerald of Salem, Mass., and Andrea and Kyle Kwaczala of Bridgeport, Conn.; and two great-grandchildren, Felix and Lucy Trinward of South Portland.
Visiting hours will be held 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Gallant Funeral Home, Inc., 10 Elm St., Waterville. A funeral service will be held noon Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Joseph’s Maronite Church, Waterville. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to Waterville Alfond Youth Center Boys and Girls Club at www.aycme.org.