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Mar 17, 2012 12:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Monsignor Trench of Sacred Hearts Remembered As People Person

Mar 21, 2012 10:16 AM

“That’s how good the people are and how proud they are of their church,” Monsignor Trench told the paper at the time.

Born in Rockville Centre on May 28, 1930, Monsignor Trench and his three siblings all attended Catholic school growing up, according to his brother John. Although John said this week he could not pinpoint exactly what drew his brother to the priesthood, he said some priests in his childhood had left “quite a favorable impression.”

Monsignor Trench followed his inspiration all across Long Island. He lived in Quogue and, when he was pastor at Sacred Hearts, in the rectory on Hill Street.

The priest who was known for his heart was also known for speaking his mind, penning letters to the editor on a variety of topics over the years. When the priest sex abuse scandal rocked the Catholic Church over the past decade, he was not afraid to “tackle that issue head-on” by talking about it, Justice Wilson said.

He also was a former chaplain for several police and fire departments, including the Southampton Fire Department and the Southampton Village Police Department.

“He could take any situation that came across, rationalize it and add balance to it,” said Mark Press, chief of the Southampton Fire Department from 1991 to 1997. “When you needed a friend, you talked to him. He was always open to anything. He just seemed to have the right answers.”

Mr. Press credited his late friend and fellow firefighter with saving a lot of marriages, as well as lives, by being there when people were in desperate need. He also had an approachability that made sitting and talking with him as relaxing as a conversation with a friend over a beer.

“It’s not often that someone like Father Trench comes along,” he said. “He’d put his hand on you and you just felt like you were being touched by something.”

“It was indeed a special privilege to have him as a brother,” his brother John said. “He’s an unusual exception. He’s a gift from God.”

Monsignor Trench is survived by his brother, John J. Trench of Ormond Beach, Florida; three nieces, Margaret Trench, Jean Claud and Susan Zaccheo; three nephews, Charles and Thomas Trench and James Lipford; as well as grandnephews and grandnieces and cousins.

Monsignor Trench’s body will lie in state at Sacred Hearts on Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. A Mass of Transferal will take place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and a funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Sacred Hearts Cemetery in Southampton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary “In Nomine Domini” Restoration Fund, Our Lady of Poland building and grounds fund, Heart of the Hamptons, Birthright of Peconic, and East End Hospice.

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What a great man, what a loss
By Jac-man (22), Southampton on Mar 17, 12 2:30 PM
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We've lost a great man. R.I.P. Father Trench.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Mar 17, 12 2:49 PM
A tremendous loss to the entire Southampton Community! Rest in Peace!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Mar 17, 12 4:12 PM
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A wonderful person to be around, one of the most genuine people I've ever met. He will be missed.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Mar 17, 12 5:54 PM
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I am saddened by the passing of Monseignor Trench, A great loss to all in the community, and particularly to the young people.
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Mar 17, 12 8:26 PM
R.I.P. Father Trench
By GASMAN (7), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 18, 12 1:10 AM
One of my favorite people. RIP Father.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 18, 12 9:57 AM
Rest in peace, Monsignor Trench.
By wmlocal (3), Water Mill on Mar 18, 12 10:59 AM
such a loving and compassionate man..... truly giving of himself, not because of his "job", but just because that is who is was.... such an incredible loss....rest in peace....he will be missed...
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Mar 18, 12 5:31 PM
A credit to the Catholic Church. A credit to Southampton, A wonderful man. We were truly blessed by his presence in our lives.

By baywoman (165), southampton on Mar 18, 12 10:48 PM
What a ctholic priest s,hould be,,,caring,upfront,kind,RIP Fr Trench,you did make a deffirence and you will be missed,
By Etians rd (542), Southampton on Mar 19, 12 4:09 PM
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By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Mar 20, 12 10:44 PM
May all the churches ring their bells throughout the village to signal a respectful and heartfelt farewell to Monsignor Trench.
By linative (7), Lugoff on Mar 21, 12 8:08 AM
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What a great and wonderful man to have known; we were really blessed to have him among us.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Mar 21, 12 9:56 AM
Requiescat in pace.
By Mr. Z (11693), North Sea on Mar 22, 12 8:59 PM
Father Trench enriched the lives of thousands of people. He brought to Southampton a spirit of ecumenism and to Sacred Hearts Parish a vitality
and a spiritual motivation which involved many parishioners in stewardship.
He modeled the spirit of Christianity.
By MMMW (1), Southampton on Mar 29, 12 11:31 AM