April 21, 1957 – December 13, 2019
Preston Harper Trusler, of Cortlandt Manor, NY passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019. He was 62 years old. He was born on April 21, 1957 to Nelson Barnett Trusler and Anne Harper Trusler. Raised in Chappaqua, he graduated from Horace Greeley High School in 1975. He went on to study Communications and Speech at SUNY Geneseo. While there, Preston became a well-known radio personality in Geneseo and Toronto, Ontario. In 1979, Preston returned to Westchester. He worked as an Instructor/Registrar for Announcer Training Studios, in Manhattan. There he helped launch many new careers in radio; directing and producing audition tapes for his students. He also met Laura in 1979. The rest as they say, is history. Preston joined the Voice of America, as a Studio Engineer; recording, editing, and transmitting programs in over 40 languages around the globe, in 1984. Various international events, led him to work with Radio Free Europe and TV Marti. By his retirement in 2013, Preston was a Tactical Analyst, producing and directing both Radio and Television. Preston and Laura married, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in 1986. They lived happily in the West Village, and Hoboken, NJ. Their son Nelson’s arrival, in 1994, completed their happiness. They decided in 1995, it was time to take Nelson to some greener lands. Cortlandt Manor became home; where it took Preston all of 2 weeks to become a fixture of the neighborhood. An active member of the Lakeview Homeowners Association; he served several terms as both Vice President and President. When Nelson began school, Preston voluntarily coached Soccer and Basketball. He was also the Cubmaster of Pack 118, and later, an Assistant Scout Master/Committee Chairperson for BSA Troop 911, Yorktown Heights. Preston dearly loved his family, his friends, and his Quebec. He was happiest on a tractor cutting his lawn, or bringing in a harvest on “Da Flats”. Preston was certain good friends, good music, and laughter would sustain you through much in life. You always knew where he was in a room. It was the crowded spot; all the laughter was coming from. I’m certain it will be no different in Heaven. Donations may be made in Preston's memory to: The American Kidney Fund The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Visitation Friday, December 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, December 21, 2019
- Private Cremation Following Funeral Service Saturday, December 21, 2019
December 24, 2019
All my love to you and Nelson. Wish i could have made it down to visit before all this . Sorry to have him gone but we will have our good memories and we will always remember him.
December 20, 2019
Preston was always a friendly and welcoming presence whenever I needed to do work at the NY VOA Bureau. He was always willing to lend a hand and so very appreciative of anything I did for him. Preston was a rare soul at VOA, in that he cared most about helping everyone and little about ego. Rest well my friend...
December 19, 2019
As I remember Preston, I remember his laugh, his smile. It was contagious. He will be deeply missed by all. Spread your wings and fly Preston. Angels are needed.
December 18, 2019
Anytime I had a question about TRAINS, Preston had the answer. We gave Railroading Merit Badge classes to Boy Scouts together, he had hundreds of train-friends in retail and industry publications, loved to visit model railroad layouts and clubs, and shared with us many adventures on special train rides. He even talked me into buying Canadian National Railway stock.
One of my fondest memories was pre-Christmas when Pete Harmon, Larry Manee and I visited him at his VofA office in NYC, then we went uptown to find some model trains operating, proceeded to the Heidelberg Restaurant on 2nd Ave at 85 St for some sustenance, then on to Rockefeller Center to peruse the tree and the crowd. Preston used his ID card to "photo" the tree with all the other selfie-takers. What I hoot!
I'll miss you, Bro.
December 16, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to Laura & Nelson - so loved by Preston! The legacy he left us is one that we will always remember. A man of service and heart! What more could we ask for but his presence among us as he soars to new heights. May God bless you all!
December 16, 2019
A ripple has torn through the fabric of a brotherhood. I met Preston my first semester at SUNY Geneseo in 1976. He took me under his wing and a bond of everlasting friendship formed. He had a fridge (most of us didn't) and cold LaBatt's Beer and Ale - it was awesome. He had a red tube of friendship with a Canadian flag on it in his room that held memories as we played a special dice game. I remember hearing a theme song of his - "Fool for the City" by FogHat. His roommate said it was because Preston loved the city, but wasn't a fan of the country where college was. That song stuck with me, and whenever I hear it, brings me back to those days long ago. I can remember when he saw me around campus, he would shout out "Valdez". He, I and a group of others formed a brotherhood which transcends time and will go on into eternity. We kept in touch over the years, and he always got me to laugh. I loved him like he was my true brother and will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to Laura and Nelson - remember, he is always with you in spirit, in phrases he said, pictures and memories. I offer the entire family my deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences. Juan (aka John Lapp)