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Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel

322 Fennell Ave East, Hamilton, ON

OBITUARY

Rhona Eunice Trott

September 7, 1948August 13, 2019

It is with profound sadness we announce the unexpected passing of our mother Rhona Trott at her home in Hamilton. Rhona taught French with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and at Hillfield Strathallan College. She was a long time member of, and participant with the Hamilton Olympic Club, CANUSA Games Track & Field Committee, and an active volunteer with many community services, groups, and Track & Field associations. She will be deeply missed by her daughter Aleya (Bryce Akey), son Caaleb, sisters Elaine Moore (Darryl Secret), Jeanne McCallum (Brian), Lauren Foote (James), and brothers James Bulger (Arlene Wiggins) and Gord Bulger. She will also be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families as well as her extended families and friends in Scotland, England, and Bermuda. Visitation will be held at CRESMOUNT FUNERAL HOME, 322 Fennell Ave E., Hamilton, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Sackville Hill Seniors Centre (780 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton) from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations In Memory/In Honour of Rhona Trott to the Provincial Fund of KidSport Ontario or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 31, 2019

Memories

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Karla Del Grande

September 2, 2019

Rhona was one of the first women to welcome and mentor me when I started in Masters track. She did the same for many Masters, especially women. When I was on the OMA Board, I had the honour of facilitating her induction into the Hall of Fame. It was as much about her positive attitude and guidance of others, as well as about her athletic accomplishments, which were admirable because of her skill in a variety of events -- running, jumping AND throwing. At the Celebration of Life, so many spoke about her kindness to all, her quirkiness that we all smiled about, and her passionate dedication to everything that she did - teaching, volunteering, coaching, administering. Her legacy will be if we remember this and try to live like Rhona. She will always be in my heart.

Sezar Hasan

September 1, 2019

God Bless your kind soul Rhona

Very sad to hear. Yet very glad and proud that I’ve meet such a lovely caring person in my life.
You were a mentor to me, and always looked after us during track training, and even off the track.

Till these days, and after 15 years, I still think about the days you trained us, and how you pushed us to success. that’s how much impact you made on me.
For that I will always be thankful, and you will
Always be in our hearts

I wish I could tell you that I’m still running harder, faster and smarter than when I was in high school.

You will always be missed Rhona

Julian Springer

September 1, 2019

Rhona was always a friendly face around the track. I am glad to have known her. After my first race with HOC, Rhona looked at my singlet, smiled and said, "only Julian could get away with that." Little did I know, my HOC singlet was on backward. Her friendly and positive outlook spared me the potential embarrassment and made me kinda feel cool.
I am glad that I was able to share Rhona with all of you.

Julian Springer

Steve Smith

August 27, 2019

Most people want to live their life with purpose. Rhona lived purposefully.
Steve Smith
Past President - HOC

Maki Kajiura

August 26, 2019

We were deeply shocked and saddened by Rhona’s passing. My husband Jason and I were looking forward to our lunch meeting early this month to discuss our training for the next track season, when we heard about her unexpected passing; it has been difficult for us to accept. We regret not being able to tell Rhona enough how much we appreciated her for being not just our coach, but our friend and mentor over the years. Jason had fondly talked about Rhona well before I had met her, so she did not feel like a stranger to me when I first met her. At Jason's first HOC practice after we got married, I had told Rhona that I was going to bring a book to the practice to read while Jason trained, but Rhona told me that “you are not going to read; you are going to join HOC and run”. So I ran. Ever since then, track practices, followed by post-workout visit at Tim Hortons became our weekly routine. Rhona’s dedication, consistent support, reliability, and strong guidance helped me to become a runner. Rhona was always there for us, as a coach and friend, providing supportive reassurance and honest feedback. Words cannot express how much we will miss her. We send our deepest condolences to Rhona’s family.
Maki Kajiura

The Davidson Family Scott/Heidi/Kristen

August 23, 2019

Where do we start. Rhona has been a friend, coach, fellow Hamilton Olympic Club board member to Scott & Heidi, coached Kristen who years later ended up coaching with her (Heidi coached with Rhona too). Heidi spent much social time with Rhona if not at a coffee shop talking about life or family, at the track. This is such a huge loss for our family, the HOC family, and athletes and their families. Rhona had a warm spirit and the thought of not seeing her around the track, board meetings OR anything related to athletics in Hamilton is truly hard to believe. Huge loss for all and her family can be comforted on what a great person she was and how giving she was to the community and countless athletes.

God Bless Rhona - RIP.
The Davidson Family - HOC Family.

George Smith

August 23, 2019

Rhona I will never forget the 1999 World Masters Games at Newcastle, England. All the meals before and after our performances. I'm sure Doug and Bill share some great memories of those games and the other meets we all competed in together. Liz McBain called me tonight to inform me of your passing. She talked of your inspiring competitions as you both competed in the same events. Our sympathy to your loved ones. You will be sadly missed
George Smith, Alberta

william gentleman

August 22, 2019

I first met Rhona in Leon, Mexico in 2002 and, since then, have renewed our friendship in such. diverse places as Guatemala City and Kamloops. My abiding memory is of a very talented athlete, dedicated to her Sport, bubbling over with joy and friendship
Bill Gentleman, Edinburgh, Scotland - fellow athlete and friend

Bill Pearson

August 20, 2019

Rhona was a long time member of the Throwers Club since its early days in Stouffville and served from many years as a Director. She was a multi-talented athlete setting Canadian records in W55&W65 300m short hurdles, W65 100m short hurdles, W60 Indoor & Outdoor weight throw & throws pentathlon. In 2010 she captured the Throwers Club Challenge Trophy with the most overall season points in throws pentathlon. In 2011 she was inducted into the Ontario Masters Hall of Fame (https://ontariomasters.ca/omwp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Rhona-Trott.pdf )

Always bright and cheery even when battling many injuries late in her career, she coached many young athletes in the Hamilton Olympic Club & was a strong contributor to the growth of Throwers Club especially post-Stouffville. Our sincerest condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed.

Lauren Foote

August 20, 2019

My dear, beloved sister, Rhona. James & I are deeply saddened by your loss. We will miss your phone calls, cards & notes, visits to our home to see us & to take care of Meemo - she misses you too! We will miss our Bulger family Xmas get togethers & your fantastic Xmas sweaters & jewellry! I will especially miss our after Boxing Day shopping trips. You were a remarkable mother to Aleya & Caaleb & they are a testament to you & your memory. Rest in peace my sister; you'll always be in our hearts & thoughts. Love so much, Lauren & James xxxooo

FROM THE FAMILY