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HAROLD L. TRAFFORD, JR.
January 27, 2024
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TRAFFORD JR., HAROLD L., former Coventry Town Council President, and a long-time employee of the Providence Journal, died Saturday, January 27, 2024, surrounded by his family at the age of 89. He was the loving husband of Jacqueline L. (Charpentier) Trafford for 64 years.
Born in Providence on Sept. 22, 1934, a son of the late Harold and Kathleen (McLaughlin) Trafford, he grew up in the Olneyville and Federal Hill sections of the city.
He graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1952 and began working at the Providence Journal as a copy boy on the Evening Bulletin Staff. He would retire 44 years later in 1996 as a section editor.
He served for 10 years in the Rhode Island National Guard 115th Military Police Company and was honorably discharged as a corporal on Oct. 29, 1962.
He was elected to the Coventry Town Council in 1976 and served for eight years — the last four as president. After his term on the council, he was appointed to the Coventry Housing Authority, serving for several years, where he was instrumental in building several elderly and affordable housing developments.
He was a past grand knight of Msgr. Blessing Council, Knights of Columbus, and a former district deputy. He was a communicant of SS. John & Paul Parish in Coventry, where he had served as president of the Parish Council, president of the Home/School Association, parish auditor, lector and Eucharistic minister. He also served as a Big Brother; and was inducted into the LaSalle Academy Hall of Fame.
A lifetime fan of the Boston Red Sox, he patiently waited 70 years for the team to win the World Series. He was a proud and loving father and grandfather.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Tammy Zink and her husband Bill, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Sherri Ferland and her husband Robert of Coventry; a son, Daniel Trafford and his wife Renée of Warwick; five grandchildren, Mary, Kaleigh, Natalie, Harold and William; two brothers, George Trafford of East Greenwich, and Edward Trafford and his wife, Susanne, of West Warwick. He was the brother of the late Robert Trafford.
His funeral will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 10 am from the Iannotti Funeral Home at MAPLE ROOT, 2000 Nooseneck Hill Road (Rte.3) in Coventry, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in Saints John & Paul Church, 341 South Main St., Coventry, 02816. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Greenwich. Visiting hours are Wednesday evening 4 - 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saints John & Paul Church or the RI Chapter of the American Red Cross (www.riredcross.org) would be appreciated. iannottifh.com.