Port Hawkes­bury den­tist passes away

The Casket - - LOCAL - CAPE BRE­TON POST com­mu­ni­ties@her­ald.ca

Dr. Roy­den Trainor’s life could per­haps be summed up in a se­ries of num­bers.

He lived a good life of 88 years.

For 42 years, he served as a den­tist in the town of Port Hawkes­bury, out of an of­fice lo­cated in his Prince Street home.

For 59 years, he was a de­voted hus­band to his wife Mary.

Together, they raised seven chil­dren, with an­other who died in in­fancy.

But when it came to rec­ol­lec­tions of Trainor’s legacy fol­low­ing his death Tues­day, the num­ber 20 was raised in one conversation. It was a story re­layed to his son, Roy­den Jr., by Hal­i­fax Mayor Mike Sav­age, about a time when his own fa­ther, for­mer premier the late John Sav­age was cam­paign­ing in the rid­ing of Rich­mond with the younger Roy­den ac­com­pa­ny­ing him. A woman ap­proached ask­ing, “Is that a Trainor?”

The sin­gle mother then re­counted a story that had oc­curred years ear­lier when she and her chil­dren were badly in need of den­tal care but had no insurance and Roy­den Sr. agreed to see to their needs, and he spent the day treat­ing them.

“When she asked what was the charge, Dad said $20 which she could not be­lieve and thought he was re­fer­ring to a pay­ment plan. He took the $20 and be­fore she left he said, ‘You for­got the change,’ and handed her two tens. Con­fused, she said, ‘That is not the right change,’ and Dad said, ‘It is around here.’”

Roy­den Jr. said that John Sav­age joked that Trainor, a well­known Lib­eral sup­porter, per­haps was re­ally a so­cial­ist, “but his cars were too old and not fancy enough to fit in with the lefty crowd on the main­land ... ‘He might be a real one, after my own heart, now that is what a Lib­eral should look like,’ John would say.”

Trainor replied with one of his favourite say­ings, “Them to whom much is given, much is ex­pected.”

Trainor re­tired in 1997. His daugh­ter Patty went on to fol­low in his foot­steps and with her hus­band, Ian Green­corn, also op­er­ates a den­tal prac­tice in Port Hawkes­bury.

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