Local sports scene loses a legend in Pete Trainor

Central Mass. lost a sports giant on Sunday when cancer took the life of Leominster’s Pete Trainor, a legendary football, basketball, baseball and softball referee and umpire.

A St. John’s High and Holy Cross College graduate, he was 66.

To some, Trainor was known as a professor of psychology and dean of student affairs, a position he held for 39 years at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner. He retired in July 2008 as vice president for academic affairs. To others, he was a marital and family counselor.

But to those associated with youth and high school sports, Trainor was a jack of all trades, an official for all seasons — Mr. Referee. In the fall, he could be found on the football field. In the winter, he’d be on the basketball court. And in the spring, he’d split his time between the baseball and softball diamonds.

Most would agree the quality of Trainor’s work was eclipsed only by the quality of his personality. One of the all-time good guys, Trainor umpired numerous Central Mass. and state championship games in basketball and baseball, as well as many Super Bowl football games.

Trainor was honored by the Massachusetts High School Basketball Coaches Association during its Hall of Fame induction in 2005 with the Presidential Award for service to basketball, and earlier this year by IAABO Board 208 for his contributions to high school basketball and his fellow referees.

Trainor was also a respected administrator, serving for many years as commissioner of the Mid-Wach League for boys’ basketball and as chief umpire for Leominster Babe Ruth. He was also a former president of the Mount Wachusett CC Basketball Tournament.

The funeral will be held on Friday from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Leo’s Church, 128 Main St., Leominster. Burial will be in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours at the funeral home are from 3-8 p.m. Thursday.

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