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Memorial for Harry W. Trigg

Born in Jackson, MS on Sep. 21, 1920
Departed on Apr. 16, 2009 and resided in Medford, NJ.
 
Visitation: Monday, Apr. 20, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009
11:30 am
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Harry W. Trigg, a member of "The Greatest Generation," died at home in Medford on April 16, 2009.
Born in Mississippi in 1920, Harry moved to Indiana during the Great Depression. As a young man, he lived and worked in Chicago for a brief time before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. As a chief radio technician on a PT boat in Motor Torpedo Squadron 24, he served his country in the South Pacific, assigned to operations in New Guinea, Panama, and the Philippines.
After the war, Harry took advantage of the GI bill, attending the University of Dayton in Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Harry and his wife, Marion Bold, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, moved to Florida, living in Ft. Walton Beach and Melbourne. Harry worked as a civil engineer at Eglin Air Force Base and then at Cape Canaveral, where his expertise in radar and engineering helped put a man on the moon. While he was working as an engineer at RCA, Harry and his family lived in New Jersey, Florida, and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Among other projects, Harry worked on developing technology for Aegis ships. Retiring from RCA after 31 years, he consulted for RMS Technology, working on projects for the FAA. He also was a volunteer for Homes for Hope, helping to refurbish homes for low-income families.
Harry was blessed with a loving family and many lifelong friends, including his buddy Bob Wagner. Harry attended two reunions of PT boaters, where he renewed friendships with Bob Owen and Bill Watson, fellow sailors from the PT boat he had served on.
As a loving husband and father, Harry demonstrated daily those virtues we associate with the American Spirit. He willingly fought for his country and continued to serve her as a civilian for many years through his endeavors in the space and aeronautic industries. As a friend and neighbor, he was a gentle, soft-spoken man who treated everyone with respect. He believed in the unity of family, and was always prepared to host the entire clan or to drive hundreds of miles to attend a family gathering elsewhere. An honest, hardworking man, he enjoyed the simple pleasures of everyday life, which he wrote about in his book of remembrances. He was especially pleased by the interest his children took in his personal history.
Harry enjoyed camping with his family, twice traveling across country, and making many trips along the east coast between Massachusetts and Florida. Harry's interests included woodworking, cooking, reading, history, genealogy, and the Civil War.
Harry is survived by his wife, Marion (nee Bold); five children, Marion Witterschein of Edgewater Park, Betty Russotti of Lake Park, FL, Barbara Friel of Savannah, GA, Sandra Sampson and her husband, Glen of Medford, and James Trigg and his wife, Margurete of Doylestown; six grandchildren, Vija Mendelson, Thomas (T.C.) Friel, Patrick Friel, Stephanie Russotti, David Russotti, Michaela Trigg and great-granddaughter, Alana.
Funeral Services will be Tuesday at 11:30 AM at the Protestant Community Church, 100 Stokes Rd., Medford Lakes. Relatives and friends may visit with the family Monday evening, 6-8 PM at the Lechner Funeral Home, 24 N. Main St., Medford. Memorial Contributions in Harry's memory would be appreciated to the Salvation Army, 436 Mulberry St., Trenton, NJ 08638 or Fishes and Loaves Food Bank, Bridgeboro and Washington Sts., Riverside, NJ 08075.
  

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