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Barbara Ann Trainor


Barbara Ann Trainor

Barb passed away peacefully on September 9, 2021 surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by Cecil Taylor, her husband of 31 years, daughter Shannon Moore (Tom Messina), stepdaughters Cathy Taylor Bridges (Trevor Bridges), Krista Taylor (Adrien Pierini), and Jennifer MacDonald, 5 cherished grandchildren, Cameron and Emmy Bratti, Taylor and Tommy Bridges, and Jessica Legge, her sister Doris Hendricken, brother Parnell Trainor (Sandra), mother-in-law Dorothy Taylor, sisters-in-law Elizabeth Lang (Gordon) and Eleanor Kreplin (Martin), as well as nieces and nephews who will miss her deeply. She was predeceased by her brother Earl Trainor (Hilda), her sister Rose Roach, father-in-law Perley Taylor and sister-in-law Heather Hill (Bob).

Barb was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on September 7, 1948, to parents William and Mary Trainor (deceased). As a child, she trekked four kilometres everyday to attend Johnstons River School. Her love of learning saw her graduate from Notre Dame Academy in 1965 and Saint Dunstan’s University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science.

Dedicated to education, Barb spent her career teaching math at Queen Charlotte, East Wilshire, and Bluefield and later developing curriculum for the P.E.I. Department of Education. Committed to lifelong learning, Barb served as a member of the Holland College Board of Governors as well as a member and past President of the Seniors College of PEI. Barb felt knowledge is power and improves people’s confidence. Always happy to share her knowledge, Barb taught gardening and hiking classes at Seniors College after her retirement. As a trained Master Gardener and former National Gardening Communities in Bloom judge, many PEI gardeners have benefited from her advice.

Barb was a true nature lover and filled her days enjoying the great outdoors. She would often get lost in nature and say "it is good for the soul". She could be found biking, kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing Island trails, or cutting beautifully carved turns while skiing the mountain tops of Sun Peaks. She completed 72 kilometres on her bike "Rosie" for her 72nd birthday
The Confederation Trail was part of her daily life as a trail user and volunteer. Barb was a member and past President of Island Trails, the P.E.I representative on the Trail Partner Advisory Council for the TransCanada Trail, and a member of the Upton Farm Trustee Board of Directors. Barb wanted all Islanders to be able to access and experience the beauty of P.E.I.

Many of Barb’s happiest times were spent on her 28-hectare property "Misty Meadows" in Charlottetown overlooking the North River. She tended beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and forged hiking paths leading to spectacular sunsets on the property. Cecil and Ms. Boo were her faithful companions on hikes often under the watchful eye of a resident bald eagle.
Many a friend or relative who stopped by usually benefited from her homemade muffins, fresh vegetables or some other delicious treat before leaving.

Barb’s adventurous spirit took her to places such as Greece, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Africa, Denmark, Germany, France, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Portugal, Luxembourg, and Ireland, often accompanied by Cecil or lifelong friends. Barb showed her family and friends how to live like there is no tomorrow.

Barb loved deeply and in turn was deeply loved by her family, friends, and neighbours. She was extremely proud of her daughter, stepdaughters, and grandchildren and relished sharing stories of their accomplishments and antics.

Our deepest thanks to all the nurses and doctors at the P.E.I Cancer Treatment Centre and Unit 1 at the QEH for the care that she received throughout her cancer journey.

Resting at Hennessey Cutcliffe Funeral Home, Barb’s wake will be held on Sunday, September 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, visitation will be by invitation. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church on Monday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m. by invitation only. Interment in Sherwood Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.
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