Joseph P. Trainor Sr., 56, Baltimore Sun printer

July 26, 2006

Joseph P. Trainor Sr., a retired printer for The Baltimore Sun, died of a stroke Sunday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 56.

Mr. Trainor was born in Baltimore and orphaned at an early age. He was raised in the Villa Maria Orphanage in Timonium and graduated from Overlea High School.

In 1969, he began his career as an apprentice printer in the composing room of The Baltimore Sun and later became advertising foreman.

"He had a knack for earning extra money and opened a little store in the fourth-floor composing room called Cheap Joe's, where he sold soda and candy to fellow workers," said his wife of nine years, the former Wanda VanLeeuwen.

Mr. Trainor retired in 2004.

A longtime resident of Shrewsbury, Pa., he moved last year to Delmar, Del.

He enjoyed caring for his cocker spaniel, Sophie, and watching football and baseball on television. He also liked listening to oldies music, especially Jay and the Americans and the Beatles, and visiting Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland and Disney amusement parks.

Mr. Trainor was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Freedom, Pa., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a son, Joseph P. Trainor Jr. of Waldorf; a daughter, Angela C. Trainor of Philadelphia; two brothers, Robert Trainor of Bel Air and Edward Trainor of Jessup; a stepdaughter, Shannon Fosdal of Burtonsville; and a granddaughter. His marriage to the former Sharon Malinski ended in divorce.

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