LONG-time Papua New Guinea resident Terence (Terry) Trainor (1935-2016) – proclaimed as ‘a man of peace’ by those who knew him - has died in Melbourne aged 81.
Mr Trainor spent more than 50 years in the Sandaun (West Sepik) Province as a teacher, kiap and church worker.
His first posting was to Sissano government primary school but he taught in many schools throughout the province.
It was rare for teachers to become patrol officers (kiaps) but he made the transition and had the distinction of being the last expatriate kiap in the province.
A devout Christian, Mr Trainor went on to manage the Catholic Diocese of Aitape as a layman.
In 2014 he wrote reminiscence for PNG Attitude of his time as a kiap….
My first contact with Nuku was when I was dropped off there with a didiman, Neil Cooper, after returning from my mother's funeral. The pilot promised to return for us but, not unusual, the weather closed in.
In those days the plane only landed at Nuku on the way to Wewak but both Neil and I wanted to go to Lumi. At that time everyone was hospitable, like you all, so we stayed for a couple of days with kiap Frank Sabben and his wife.
We got sick of waiting for a balus to go our way so we walked to Lumi; overnighting with Fr Eugene at Wasissi. That wonderful man was very nervous of two single males lobbing in on him out of the blue as there were two young female volunteers on his station.
We behaved ourselves, left early the next morning and arrived at Lumi that afternoon (a Sunday) in time to play tennis and get beaten by the then Frs Brian and Greg.
He is commemorated in Sandaun Province by Terry Trainor Park in Vanimo, established 20 years ago, and by the thousands of people in north-west New Guinea whose lives he touched.
The funeral mass will be offered at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, corner of Melbourne Avenue and Widford Street, Glenroy, Melbourne, on Tuesday 19 July at 10:00 am.