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Jerrold Severson Trumbower, 88, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on May 20, 2011. He was born in Nanticoke, PA on February 9, 1923, son of Charles K. and Ellen (Page) Trumbower. He grew up with his two sisters in West Pittston, PA until age 12, when the family re-located to Daytona Beach, FL in the midst of the Depression. It was there in the sixth grade that he met his future wife Anita Thompson, who described him as "that Yankee boy with rosy cheeks and knickers." Jerry thrived at Seabreeze High School, playing football, delivering groceries for Calcott's Market, serving as President of his class, spending time on the beach as a lifeguard, and dating Anita. They were voted the "Most Popular" couple of the Class of 1941. After graduation, he enrolled in the accounting program at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C., but soon enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and was trained as a B-17 navigator in Dalhart, TX. He served with the 8th Air Force stationed in England, and was shot down on January 11, 1944 in a mission over Germany. One of the survivors of the ten-man crew, he was a P.O.W. at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany, for the rest of the war. This experience had a profound influence on him for the rest of his life. Jerry remained in the Air Force reserves until 1983, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the war, he married Anita and they moved to Washington, D.C. Jerry completed a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting at...
Jerrold Severson Trumbower, 88, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on May 20, 2011. He was born in Nanticoke, PA on February 9, 1923, son of Charles K. and Ellen (Page) Trumbower. He grew up with his two sisters in West Pittston, PA until age 12, when the family re-located to Daytona Beach, FL in the midst of the Depression. It was there in the sixth grade that he met his future wife Anita Thompson, who described him as "that Yankee boy with rosy cheeks and knickers." Jerry thrived at Seabreeze High School, playing football, delivering groceries for Calcott's Market, serving as President of his class, spending time on the beach as a lifeguard, and dating Anita. They were voted the "Most Popular" couple of the Class of 1941. After graduation, he enrolled in the accounting program at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C., but soon enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and was trained as a B-17 navigator in Dalhart, TX. He served with the 8th Air Force stationed in England, and was shot down on January 11, 1944 in a mission over Germany. One of the survivors of the ten-man crew, he was a P.O.W. at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany, for the rest of the war. This experience had a profound influence on him for the rest of his life. Jerry remained in the Air Force reserves until 1983, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the war, he married Anita and they moved to Washington, D.C. Jerry completed a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting at Benjamin Franklin where he was Valedictorian of his class. The couple settled in Orlando in 1947, where Jerry took his first job with Potter, Bower, and Co. Their first daughter arrived in 1949. In 1950, he joined with Charles Colley and eventually Arnold Howell to found the C.P.A. firm Colley, Trumbower, and Howell. The firm grew to be the largest independent accounting firm in Central Florida when it merged with Coopers & Lybrand in 1986. Many young accountants got their professional start at the firm, where Jerry was both a mentor and role model. A long-time member of the Florida Institute of C.P.A.s, he served as President from 1969-70. He was also a member of the National Governing Council of the American Institute of C.P.A.s, and Chairman of the Board of the American Group of CPA Firms. He was a trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Southern Federal Tax Institute in Atlanta. Jerry was also member of the Board of Directors of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. He was active in the Optimist Club and the Orlando Jaycees. He was President of the Country Club of Orlando, and served as President of the University Club, where he enjoyed many Tuesday nights playing pool. He held several lay leadership posts at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, serving 9 years on the vestry, as Senior Warden, and as Treasurer of the Cathedral Foundation. Jerry served as campaign treasurer for several politicians of both parties, including Orlando Mayors Carl Langford and Bill Frederick, and Congressman Bill Gunter. For 17 years, he was a Little League umpire. Jerry loved to travel, taking his family cross-country on the train to California, and on a grand tour of Europe. In later years he and Anita traveled to Spain, Morocco, Scandinavia, Russia, and back to his old air base in England. He loved Winnebago camping, and spent twenty wonderful summers with Anita at their mountain house in Linville, NC. For the last eleven years of her life, Jerry took Anita to the kidney dialysis center three times weekly for treatment. Together, they successfully met the daily challenges of her condition. She pre-deceased him in 2007, after almost 62 years of marriage in which the romance never faded. For the past four years, Jerry immensely enjoyed living at Westminster Towers, and his many friends there will certainly miss him. A devoted father, Jerry is survived by his children: Jean Hartsaw (Ken) of Orlando, Ann Peters (Spence) of West Jefferson, NC, and Jeffrey Trumbower (Chris French) of Jericho, VT. He took delight in his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who endearingly called him "Tampa". They are Betsy Schatt (Ted) of Ocala, Benjamin Sharpe (Emily) of Winter Park, and Kevin Peters of Davidson, NC, and great grandsons, Carter and Garrett Schatt. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Jessie Ellison and Mary Ellen Paytas. All of his loving family have been profoundly influenced by the selflessness, sense of humor, and personal integrity of this remarkable man, our patriarch and rock of stability. He will be greatly missed. We would also like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of the Comforter for their loving care of our father. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 28 at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, 130 N. Magnolia, Orlando, FL 32801. Visitation will be held Friday, May 27 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806, www.CareyHandColonialFH.com. Donations in Jerry's name may be made to Workforce Advantage Academy, 2113 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

"Dear Jean, I was so sorry to hear the news of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. Your father truly was a gentleman of the highest order and..." Steve Eley (Winter Springs, FL)

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