Rev. Joseph Peter Trombley

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Wednesday, March 28, 2001
ELLENBURG — Rev. Joseph Peter Trombley, 61, died on March 28, 2001, at St. Edmund’s Rectory in Ellenburg. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Edmund’s Church in Ellenburg on Saturday, March 31st, at 11 a.m. The Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, will preside at the funeral liturgy with the priests of the Diocese concelebrating. Father John L. Downs will be the homilist. The body will lie in state at St Edmund’s Church from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30th. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. in the church. Burial will take place in the family plot at St. Edmund’s Cemetery.
Father Trombley was born in Ellenburg on July 16, 1939, the son of the late Ellsworth Trombley and Della (LaClair) Trombley. After attending Ellenburg Central School and Mount Assumption Institute in Plattsburgh, Father Trombley entered Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg. Upon graduation from Wadhams Hall, Father continued his theology and philosophy studies at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. After completing his studies at Christ the King, Father Trombley was ordained a priest on May 22, 1965, at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Thomas A. Donnellan, bishop of Ogdensburg.
In 1965, Father began his priestly ministry as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. A year later he was appointed assistant pastor at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake where he served until his appointment in 1967 as assistant pastor at Notre Dame Church in Ogdensburg. In 1971, Father Trombley became administrator of St. Mary’s Church in Waddington, then served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Massena.
Father Trombley’s first pastorate was at St. Mary’s Church in Coopersville in 1979. Father was appointed pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Chazy in 1979. Father was named part-time associate at St. Augustine’s Church in Peru in 1986 and then, in 1988, appointed parochial vicar at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. Two years later, he become administrator of St. Brendan’s Church in Keene and St. Margaret’s in Wilmington. In 1993, Father Trombley was appointed pastor of St. Paul’s Church, Bloomingdale and its mission of the Church of the Assumption in Gabriels. Father also served as part-time chaplain at Gabriel’s Correctional Facility at that time.
In 1999, Father Trombley was named administrator of St. Edmund’s Church in Ellenburg and assigned as part-time chaplain at Altona Correctional Facility. In May, 2000, he was appointed pastor of St. Edmund’s.
Father Trombley was an associate priest of the Madonna House Apostolate, a lay community in Combermere, Ontario, founded by Catherine de Hueck Doherty. In 1972, Bishop Brzana gave permission for Father Trombley to establish a house of prayer on his family farm in Ellenburg Center. He was the spiritual director of the Our Lady of the Adirondacks House of Prayer at the time of his death.
He is survived by three brothers and a sister-in law, Robert and Debbie Trombley of Wilmington, N.C., Leonard Trombley of Chateaugay Lake and Lester Trombley of Malone; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Ross Mooney of Plattsburgh, Frances and Norman Tourville of Ellenburg Center and Joan and Gerald Roberts of Mooers; three aunts and an uncle, Rhada Magoon of Ellenburg Center, Hilda and Lewis Duffina of Mooers and Eleanor Gaffney of Wintergarden, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Adirondacks, Inc., Ellenburg Center.
The E.F. Drown Funeral Service in Ellenburg Depot is in charge of arrangements.

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