Goodbye Joe Trinacria

2002Joe Trinacria, one of the legendary bells players of Mummery, has passed away at age 81. My condolences to Gloria, and to Patricia, Robert and James and all of Mr. Trinacria’s family.

I spoke with Joe just a few days before the 2014 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade.  He had been battling a health problem for a long time, but was looking forward to playing the bells for Greater Kensington String Band.  He made it.  With the help of the band, Joe took part in his 51st parade.

Over the years, Joe Trinacria would strut with Liberty Clowns, then Durning, Aqua, Joseph A. Ferko, Harrowgate, Uptown, Woodland, and most recently, with Greater Kensington String Band.

A viewing takes place this evening from 7pm to 9pm at the Hoffman Funeral Home, 1770 Brown Avenue, in Bensalem, PA.  I believe there’ll be a brief viewing tomorrow morning at Hoffman before the funeral mass which is Tuesday morning at 10 at the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Joe always considered the glockenspiel to be the signature sound of the string bands.  He told me, “When people heard the bells, they knew a string band was coming.”

Well, here’s a heads up St. Peter.  If tomorrow morning, you hear some bells, get ready, sir.   Joe’s comin’ round the corner.