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Pascal Louis Trohanis

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 23, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

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CHAPEL HILL: Pascal Louis

Condolences for the family of “Pascal Louis Trohanis”

Condolence from Laura De Brular on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Barbara Gregory on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss.

Condolence from Jay A. Watson on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Words can never express the loss we all share. There are very few times in one’s life you meet someone with whom you share a spiritual bond and feel like they have always been part of your family and of your life. This is the footprint Pat has left with our life. He will truly be missed.

Condolence from Pat De Titta on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat was an exceptionally kind and caring person. His warmth radiated evertime I spoke to him. Please accept my condolences for your great loss. I shall keep you all in my prayers. Pat De Titta

Condolence from Linda Watson on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Although Pat was only in our lives for 5 years, it felt like a lifetime. He quickly came to be a member of my family and I will always cherish all of the great times, talks and laughs that we all shared. He loved life and encouraged others to look on the positive side of situations. He will truly be missed and we will always have him in our hearts.

Condolence from Tom and Karen Bear on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Donna, Zoe and Mario,

We feel like we knew this wonderful man whose life touched thousands of children and adults.
His work will live forever, and he will never be forgotten.

Tom and Karen Bear

Condolence from David W. Clark on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Such sad news. My prayers will be with you and your family.

Condolence from Ronnie and Jill Leckrone on June 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Such a sad time for all. We will be thinking of you. Take care.

Jill and Ronnie Leckrone

Condolence from Joseph Daccurso on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Every life, lived long or short, is special. Yet God begifts the world occasionally with an extra special present…and in this case, it was the presence of Pascal among us. To mother Mary it was a 64-yr. blessing, to bros Andy and Bill, lifetime Valentine Donna, and Pat’s other most-important gal Zoe, between a 3 and 6-decade long gifting. This gift of “Tro” was given many communities, large and small, familial and professional, sectarian and non, next door and global, as he truly was and will always remain a gift to the family of mankind. Now this beloved present leaves our presence with the same essence he had in this earthly life: having made a difference, with graceful strength, effective purpose, heartfelt motives…all couched in a radiant smile and twinkling eyes that no cancer can ever erase. From our days together at NU in the 1960s, across a continent of too-infrequent but always special coming-togethers, I feel most fortunate in being able to call Pat “true friend”…and say we need not mourn a death but instead celebrate a life, a gift which now returns to its Maker. Love, Joe D. and family.

Condolence from C. Sue Haney on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Our lives are so much better and brighter for having known Pat. My deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to Donna and family. He will be missed!

Condolence from Mable Hardison Taylor on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

About 30 years ago, I met Pat when I first became involved in preschool programs for children with special needs. He was a teacher and trainer, a leader, a visionary, and a special friend to everyone who worked in these programs. I will always remember his funny stories, his laugh, and his famous ties. I will treasure his friendship always. My deepest sympathy to Donna, Zoe, and all of his family

Condolence from Judy Smith-Davis on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat was one of the finest human beings I ever met, and an outstanding professional who genuinely helped children, parents, and teachers — and made important contributions to the field of special education. I miss him greatly.

Condolence from Stephen Harpham on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

We will miss Pat. He was a great person.

Condolence from mary cleary on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat Trohanis was a very special man who touched so many lives. Although his caring, compassion, sense of humor and professional dedication will be greatly missed we all share a great legacy and loving memories of Pat. I am proud to have known him. Mary Cleary

Condolence from Dick Zeller on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Donna, Zoe, and Mario,

I loved Pat like a brother and will always carry with me many fond memories of our work, play, occasional matching ties, and laughter together. He was as fine a person as I have ever known. While I join in celebrating his exceptional life, I also will miss him deeply and wish somehow he could still be among us – healthy, eating enormous amounts of food, and being Pascal.

My deepest sympathy to each of you.

Condolence from Janis Dellinger-Holton on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat will be remembered as a wonderful, engaging, intellectual humanitarian. He was always upbeat, energizing and inspiring. Knowing his Greek heritage, and learning of his work with his parrish, and believing he was a great soul that walked among us, allows me to know he is walking among the angels. I am proud to have known and worked with Pat in the 80s for programs to serve exceptional children! My condolences to his family.
Janis Dellinger-Holton

Condolence from john idol on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

My sincerest sympathy,

John Idol, Bass, CHCC

Condolence from Philip Printz on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

My good friend, I’ll miss you.
Gone from our sight, but never our memories.
Gone from our touch, but never our hearts.
My sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Salvatore & Rhoda Daccurso on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

To All the Trohanis & Shreiner Families and Pat’s many friends, Our son Joseph in California just conveyed the said news to our assisted-living apt. in New Jersey. In spite of our 90 yrs. of age grey-matter, we fondly remember Pat from our several visits to Northwestern, his visiting us from his Conn. teaching position, Joe taking him to a preview of the film “Zorba the Greek” in NY, their cross-country drive to L.A. in the 1960s. Because of tales told us over the decades about the wonderful Trohanis family and Pat’s worldly work, we know of his “joie de vivre” and a life well lived. Though not related by blood, we nonetheless feel we have lost a son, someone our Joe held in the highest regard among all his own friends coast to coast. Please find peace in having had Pat in all your lives so long. Love & God Bless, Sal & Rhoda Daccurso

Condolence from Louanne Warren on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Donna, Zoe, and Mary
I planned many trips for Pat and he was always a great sport dealing with long flights and delays. He was so kind and polite. We loved listening to his stories of his journeys. I know he was a great source of inspiration and a mentor to so many. Going to miss him so much and know you are really missing him in your hearts. Deepest Sympathy, Louanne

Condolence from George Jesien on June 26th, 2007 12:00 am


You will be missed by all who you have touched so gently and generously throughout your life. A tear wells up just at the thought of you not being here with us any more. May you enjoy the peace and love you so freely gave…

Condolence from Leah and Rocky Goldsmith on June 27th, 2007 12:00 am

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Pat’s kind face and cheerful smile will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Sarah and Alex Kocsis on June 27th, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Donna and Zoe and Mario,
Our hearts, prayers, and sympathy are with you today and in the coming days as you grieve Pat’s loss. He touched so many lives and we will always remember his friendship and welcoming smile in our hearts.

Condolence from Fr. Stavroforos Mamaies on June 27th, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Donna & Zoe,

I just received word that Pat passed. My heart goes out to both of you. Pat was a dynamic and yet gentle soul who always worked with a sense of mission to get the job done for his family, and for his church. He spent the last year of his life as President of Saint Barbara and I know that the Lord will take into account that he spent his last breath in carrying out the work of the Church that Christ established here on earth. May His memory be eternal.
It seems like only yesterday we had gathered to celebrate Maria & Lances Wedding and I must say that the news has really saddened me and has caught me off guard. I really thought a great deal of Pat and I know that he has made an impact on all of our lives. If there is anything that I can do please let me know. His name Pascal refers to our Easter Pascha. May you both therefore find courage and consolation in our Lord’s death and Resurrection.

In Christ’s Love for You,

+ Fr. Stavroforos Mamaies

Condolence from Karen Watts Mitchell on June 27th, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Donna, Zoe, Mary, Andy, Linda, Jean. Wil and Bill, Deepest Sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May all the best memories live on. Karen Watts Mitchell

Condolence from Tim and Diane Waechter on June 27th, 2007 12:00 am

Love from the Tim Waechter Family.

Condolence from Corey Perry on June 27th, 2007 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. We know that Pat is okay. It is for us to continue with the legacy he has left us.

Condolence from Roger & Susan Quinlan on June 28th, 2007 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Sister and Brother in law of Jean Trohanis

Condolence from Dane & Connie Clyburn on June 28th, 2007 12:00 am

Love and Sympathy to your family

Condolence from Marty & Therese Crahan on June 29th, 2007 12:00 am

It was a pleasure for Threse and I to meet and get to know Pat. Such a kind and gentle person.

Condolence from Terry Ohlson-Martin on June 29th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat was one of the first people to help me understand the power of personal experience. As a young parent of a child with multiple disabilities I was not so sure I knew anything….he helped me see otherwise. He also encouraged me to try foods from other countries during trips to DC at restaurants I never would have ventured into without the Chapel Hill staff I’ve tried many a new dish thanks to his encouragement. And who could forget the ties! Please know what a wonderful impact he had on so many of us in this world. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Marshall Peter on July 1st, 2007 12:00 am

Pat Trohanis was a dear friend, mentor and inspiration. His kind and gentle spirit was radiant in all of his interactions and he modeled caring and compassion. He deeply loved his family and church and spoke of them often.

Pat was one of the senior statesmen of special education technical assistance. His opinion and expertise were widely sought after. He made an important contribution to improving the lives of young children with disabilities in America.

National special education meetings won’t be the same without him. I can easily picture him, bird-like, flitting from table to table spreading warmth and good cheer. I marvelled at his ability to consume massive amounts of food and maintain his lithe figure. The only way I could explain it was that as he darted around he was burning hummingbird levels of calories. I envied him that. His cartoon powerpoints were outstanding, at times a wee bit risque and at times risking to test political boundaries. They were very funny and frequently the highlight of a meeting.

Pat always wore noticeable neckties, often happy and based on children. Pat, Dick Zeller and I would arrange in advance to wear the same tie at meetings and Pat who always seemed to have a camera would get a picture of us which he would later send with a thoughtful note. The last time I saw Pat we had a beautiful dinner together and shared deeply and personally. We cried a bit. As we got up to leave Pat said he had a present for Dick and me. In the bag were two matched neckties. Fitting Pat perfectly, the pattern on the ties was an alternating blend of the word “LOVE” and hearts. He said that he had the third one at home and we agreed that the three of us would wear those ties the next time we met. Sadly that chance never came.

Pat was a true brother and I loved him. I’ll miss him very much. My deepest sympathy to Pat’s family and friends during this difficult time.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Donna M. Brockway on July 3rd, 2007 12:00 am

Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, as you celebrate the life of your beloved brother. Thank you for sharing this moment with you.

Condolence from Geoffrey Crankshaw on July 3rd, 2007 12:00 am

I am Jim Donaldson’s brother-in-law, brother to Wilma Donaldson. My wife and I send our condolences. We met Pat many years ago. He had a very purposeful life and career.

Condolence from Sass family, Richard, Millie, Rebecca on July 5th, 2007 12:00 am

Thanks to Jim Donaldson for sharing the news of Pat’s passing. Pat and Zoe you have our condolences and deepest sympathy. We enjoyed the two most recent visits that Pat made to Pittsburgh, and had a great time hitting the “hot spots” of our neighborhood.

Love,Richard and Millie

Condolence from Jim & Nancy Reiners on July 8th, 2007 12:00 am

I have lost a fraternity brother and lifelong friend, and the world has lost a wonderful, loving human being. Donna and Zoe, we’re so very saddened by this news and hope you can find comfort in the shared feelings of his countless friends and loved ones.

Condolence from Gary Richman on July 8th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat was a mentor to me when I first came to North Carolina and his influence has been an inspiration throughout my career.

He took his professional commitments very seriously but never himself. Pat was always fun to work with, fun to be with. It made me want to work with him whatever he was doing.

Although it has been many years I value the experience and treasure the memories of being his colleague. Deepest condolences to Donna and Zoe.

Condolence from Gaby MiKannay Miller on July 9th, 2007 12:00 am

I am so sorry that Pat will not be with us at out Peace Corps Training reunion at Dartmouth this August to share his life and stories with us.

Condolence from Richard M. Roberts on July 10th, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Donna,
Thank you so much for letting the Peace Corps group know about Pat. It sure was a wild ride gathering all of those memories from 1964-5! Please accept my condolances. We all seemed like long-lost brothers and sisters this year.

Condolence from Buzz Stulac on July 11th, 2007 12:00 am

I first met Pat 46 years ago, yet he remains a vital and vibrant figure in my memory. Thank you, bro, for all your inspiration. From you last pledge mate.

Condolence from Gail Frankville Saucedo on July 11th, 2007 12:00 am
Condolence from Gail Frankville Saucedo on July 11th, 2007 12:00 am

Pat and I were students at Northwestern University, but I don’t think we met until summer of 1964 at Dartmouth.The memorial pictures… I am inspired by his life of giving, his love of family, and those wonderful smiles of happy times. My condolences to Donna and his family.

Condolence from Tim Bichsel on July 23rd, 2007 12:00 am

Donna and family, Iwas so sorry to hear about Pat. You have my sincere sympathy. Tim

Condolence from Jody White on December 3rd, 2007 12:00 am

I am deeply saddened by this news, and my thoughts and prayers go to Pat’s family. I knew Pat at Northwestern, and often think of his wonderful humor and gentleness. A true treasure.

Condolence from Ruth and John Polger on February 9th, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Donna,

Pat’s gone?! No, he’s too much a part of the memories of so many of us. Mr. T’s “ruling” Coleytown Junior. His Yellow Submarine party where John and I met. Pat’s not cutting his hair that 1968 summer you were away. Your wedding–the joy, the red cake, the delight of my introduction to the lovely Greek Orthodox ceremony and the fear that the swaying Lloyd Stableford would fall into his candle.

Pat was the best of all of us–bright, clever, sensitive, creative, generous–and encouraged the best in the rest of us. You and Zoie have been carrying this sadness while we’ve just learned of it. It is ours now, as well.

Sincerely, Ruth and John Polger

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