Memorials & Tributes
A Tribute to John Trone by Wayne Bechdel
I went to The Cortland Classic in September 1987 with Frank
and Judy Welch to see what this rabbit show business was all about. I met the
Trone’s, Gearhart’s, May’s and many other families that weekend. Almost thirty
years later I have not missed a weekend in Cortland, along with many other
shows, due to John Trone and a few others. My family almost immediately started
traveling with the Trone’s and Gearhart’s to the rabbit shows. Dale, John and I
spent our time in the barn with the rabbits while the ladies and children went
sightseeing or shopping. I always enjoyed listening to John and the other old
timers telling stories about previous rabbit shows and the old breeders they
John Trone never had a bad thing to say about anyone. John and Barb traveled to most conventions and many shows all over the country so most all Flemish breeders knew the Trone’s. Over the years as I met Flemish breeders from across the country as you discussed similar breeders you knew John Trones name came up all of the time and there was never a bad word said about him. John enjoyed sitting in the Peanut Gallery at Cortland talking with visiting judges and other exhibitors. At other shows John could be seen walking around the showroom talking with everyone.
This past September in Cortland John told many of us he did not expect to live until Christmas. John wanted to live longer as he loved the rabbit people and showing rabbits but loved his family even more. Christmas was a very special time for the Trone family and I believe that is why John got one last Christmas before going off to Heaven. John had no fear of dying and it became rather evident why as Reverend Shively began to speak about John. John’s relationship with Reverend Shively, God and his church was even better than his relationship with his family and rabbit friends.
It was only fitting that since John raised and cared for animals most of his life, that while the military service was being conducted graveside that two hawks flew above us peacefully screeching to break the silence.
We all knew John treated everyone he met with dignity and respect and it was evident at his viewing and funeral as they passed through the line to pay their last respects to Barb and the family, friends from high school, members of the church, friends from the VFW, friends from past cruises, numerous rabbit breeders, a few politicians, and many Pagans.
You will be missed by all that ever knew you. I hope to see you at Heaven’s gate one day brother.
John E. Trone, Sr.
John E. Trone, Sr., 83, entered into rest at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016, at York Hospital. He was the loving husband of Barbara A. (Geubtner) Trone. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage on February 5, 2015.
Born on April 5, 1932, in York, John was the son of the late Edwin B. and Miriam E. (Miller) Trone.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War.
John had 27 years of service for Medusa Cement Company where he was a heavy equipment operator and repairman.
He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, West York VFW Post 8951, Vikings Club, Shiloh American Legion Post 791, Federation of Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders Association, Eastern States Rabbit Breeders, and York County Rabbit & Cavy Club. John was a life member of Dover Township Fire Department and West York Fire Company. He loved animals and enjoyed woodworking.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by four children, Michael K. Trone and wife, Leah of Newport, Linda S. Brown and husband, Louis of Nazareth, Nancy A. Ahrens and husband, Robert of Dover and John E. Trone, Jr. and wife, Donna of York; five grandchildren, James Inners and fiancé Jennifer Moritz, Alexander and Amanda Brown, Marissa Trone and Seth Ahrens; and a great-granddaughter, Brianna Fuller.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend John's funeral at 11 a.m. and the viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York. Burial will follow in Mount Rose Cemetery, where veteran's honors will be presented by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. Officiating will be his pastor, the Rev. Kevin T. Shively. Emig Funeral Home, Dover, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York, PA 17401; or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.
I learned that our fellow Flemish breeder Herb Carter has passed away.
Herb and his wife Emily were very well known for there Black and Blue
Flemish and were both a wealth of knowledge with the Flemish Giant. Herb
and Emily were both very involved in both the NFFGRB and ESFGRBA. If
you ever had questions, Herb was one that was always willing to answer
them. Herb and Emily will both be missed. My sincere condolences go out
to the Carter family.
Emily Carter has passed away. She and her husband, Herb have been longtime Flemish Giant breeders, known particularly for their outstanding Blacks and Blues. Together, over the years, they have won almost every award for their excellence in in the Flemish world, including the prestigious Master Breeder award. Emily battled cancer long and hard, and didn't allow it to keep her down. Even in the roughest of times, she always managed to come to the shows to see her friends and show their animals. She was a staple at the writers table, and supported the Eastern States Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders Association 100 percent.
Lynn Waters Bolyard
MY DEAR FRIEND, EMILY CARTER, PASSED AWAY, YESTERDAY. I AM SO GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH HER AT THE NATIONALS IN APRIL.
I MISS HER, ALREADY. WE SPENT MANY HOURS OVER THE YEARS SHARING CONFIDENCES AND FEELINGS, TALKING ABOUT OUR FAMILIES AND LAUGHING AT THE GOOFY THINGS WE DID. THEY AND TRONES CAME FOR MANY YEARS TO OUR HOME FOR OUR TWO FLEMISH SHOWS. IN LATER YEARS EMILY DID OUR SHOW REPORTS ON HER COMPUTER. BOB AND I MADE TRIPS TO THEIR HOME, AND WE ENJOYED VISITING, LAUGHING UNTIL OUR SIDES HURT AND GETTING TO KNOW THEIR FAMILY. WE ATTENDED MANY SHOWS AND CONVENTIONS TOGETHER AND I HAVE SUCH GOOD MEMORIES OF OUR TIME WITH THEM.
I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE LOST A SISTER AS WELL AS A BEST FRIEND. I AM HAPPY SHE IS NO LONGER SUFFERING, BUT DEAR FRIEND I MISS YOU SO MUCH.
Kathy Chapin : I was taken by sadness as soon as I learned the news last night. But then I thought about how long she'd been ill and what a fight she'd gone through. All the pain and suffering has been taken away now, so for that I am glad. BUT without a doubt she'll be solely missed, by so many.
I'll never forget a few years back, at Convention, she and Herb gave me one of their blue bucks. I was so honored and surprised, I asked why would you want to do this? And she said that they'd heard how dedicated to the blues I had become. That they had worked for many years on their blue herd and that soon they wouldn't be here any longer. They wanted to be sure that their line carried on afterward and this was one way of doing that. I promised them, I'd do my best. It just seems like yesterday now.
RIP ~ Ms Emily Carter. We all love you so!!
South Mountain Rabbitry: Lynn, we will miss her dearly, and we're thinking about Herb here in the east. Always loved talking to Em at Cortland, both at Harold's old place and the new venue at the fairgrounds. I was sad all last night.
Ginger Walters: I am so heartbroken to hear this. She sold me my first pairs of flemish when I was 13.
Robert Bomia: A long time Breeder of Flemish Giants from PA., Emily Carter passed away this am.. Emily was a Senior Member of the Eastern States Flemish Club, and National Flemish Federation. She will be missed by all that knew her. Our condolences to Herb her husband, and family.... May God be with them in this time of need.. Barb Trone said there will not be any services.
Regards, Bob Bomia
And many breeders and friends lifted their glass in tribute to this wonderful woman. We wish her well in eternity, and we keep Herb and the family in our thoughts and prayers. As per Emily's wishes, there were no services.
Our Dear Friend, Emily
How do you really say what you feel? What are you thinking? What is in
your heart? Well, here goes! We only hope Emily is looking down on us
and hears what we want to say.
We have known Nick and Emily Carter for twenty to twenty-five years.
We were not always close friends but became close right about the time
Emily was diagnosed with cancer. We have never known anyone who had
a brighter out-look on life than she did. Even through all her hard-ships and
suffering you never heard Emily complain. If there was a show in Cortland,
New York, she always was determined that she and Nick would make the trip.
She also made a point of coming to York for our local show in March each
year. There were always donations of food items for each show. Nick would
make several dishes and no matter how bad Emily felt she would always bake
for these shows. There were also numerous visits from Nick and Emily to our
home. She enjoyed coming to our home for a visit and to go out to lunch.
Emily also enjoyed going out to dinner with a group a rabbit breeders.Although
she could not eat much she always ordered as though nothing was the matter
with her appetite. Emily was alwayswilling to do her part at any show she went to.
If she was not writing at the judge's table she was preparing the show reports
Every summer Emily would make endless jars of jelly. There was a great varietyof
flavors. She made this for her family and the endless line of people that shewould
see. There was always a nice tote bag full of jars of jelly to be handedout for her
friends and acquaintances.
Many people, including ourselves, knew Emily as an experienced and dedicated
rabbit breeder. We would also like to remember her for her greatpersonality,
kindness, and concern for others.
We love you Emily and will always think of you.
John and Barbara Trone