John William "Jack" Trainer, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

John William “Jack” Trainer, Jr.

April 19, 1933 - March 26, 2020

Mr. John William “Jack” Trainer, Jr., age 86, of Newark, DE, formerly of South Philadelphia and Roxborough, PA, died March 26, 2020, in the tender and valiant care of the Little Sisters of the Poor Saint Jeanne Jugan Residence.

Mr. Trainer was born in Philadelphia on April 19, 1933, the loving son of the late John William Trainer, Sr. and Georgeanna Hinchey Trainer, and brother to the late Marlene Barrier and Linda Trainer.

“Handsome Smiling Jack” served his country in Korea as a “Tin Can Sailor” upon the U.S.S. Irwin.  He spent the majority of his career as a Philadelphia Park Guard and Police Officer for over 25 years.  A story and joke teller extraordinaire, it was not uncommon for Jack to keep his audience enthralled for hours.  His many jobs and herculean work ethic made him a tireless provider for his family, while earning a degree from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.  He owned a successful carpet cleaning business and later worked for General Electric then Lockheed Martin.

A devout and faithful convert to Catholicism, Mr. Trainer was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a pastoral council member of Saint Josaphat Parish in Manayunk and then Holy Family Parish in Newark.  Preceded in death in 2009, he and his most beloved bride, Mrs. Constance Rose “Connie” Trainer, were joined for 47 years of wedded bliss – dancing through life with joy and passion.  Retiring to Delaware, Jack & Connie were “dynamic-duo” volunteers at the Little Sisters of the Poor and members of the Association of Jeanne Jugan.

His beautiful blue eyes, gentle smile, steadfast faith, and strength in suffering will be missed by his devoted children, Cheryl Ann Trainer of Collegeville, PA; Susan Marie Domino (Andrew) of Woodstock, GA; and John William Trainer III (Angela) of Naples, FL.  He was the greatest Dziadziu of his adored grandchildren, Kristin Nicole Domino, Darren Michael Domino, Aelia Constance Trainer, +Thomas Maria Trainer, +Catherine Zoë Trainer, +Maximilian Mary Kolbe Trainer, John William “Jackie” Trainer IV, and Nikolaus Arthur Trainer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately.  Interment will be with his beloved bride Constance Rose and grandson Thomas Maria Trainer, in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.  A Memorial Mass and celebration will be held at a later date, when we can come together in the future to properly celebrate Jack’s life at a time when it is safe for all of us to gather.

The family would especially like to thank the Little Sisters for the sacrificial love and care they, and their staff, gave to Jack over two decades, first as a volunteer, then as a resident.  In lieu of flowers, contributions and Masses in memory of Jack & Connie Trainer may be made at Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713 or

There are not enough words to express how tremendous of a man Jack was to all who knew him.  Please pray for his soul.  O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

“But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings,

that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”

—1 Peter 4:13—


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10 Condolences for John William “Jack” Trainer, Jr.

  • Dear Cheryl, Susan, John and Family,
    It was my honor and pleasure to be one of your dad’s caregivers. I will miss him so very much, he made my day each and every day. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this most difficult time. If you need anything please let me know. God Bless, Sherrie LSP

  • We send our heartfelt love to all of you during your time of grief. If you guys need anything please let us know. We love you all so much ❤

  • Sue ,Cheryl and John I adored your parents .They were so full of life and a joy to be around .I know they are living it up now that they are together and smiling down at their beautiful family .May all your memories carry you through ❤️❤️❤️

  • My dear friend, Sue and family. I’m so sorry for your loss, but so happy that your father is dancing in heaven with your mom. Reunited forever.

  • So many happy memories RIP friend

  • Many fond memories of Jack & Connie at our farm many years ago enjoying picnics and fishing in the pond. May they both rest in peace.

  • Rest in peace Uncle Jack with your beloved wife. I know we didn’t see each other much because we always lived in different parts of the country but I always enjoyed being around you. I got the John William name too so there were actually four of us. I will always feel honored to be your nephew and share your name. You will be missed.

  • A beautiful tribute. There will never be another like him. My memories are fond and warm my heart. My love to all of you.

  • I will always remember your parents fondly. As you mentioned Jack’s smile, I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face! He was full of energy and fun! It makes me so happy to think of him and your mom back together again ❤️

  • That was truly Beautiful… your parents were great people! May God continue to bless you and cherish all the beautiful memories you have of them both… 💕 Together in Peace they are…