Paul J. Traina

March 8, 1934July 15, 2014

Paul J Traina passed away on Tuesday, July 15th at home in the arms of family. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Ann; his children, Peter of Gulf Shores, AL; Kenneth of Tucker, GA; Jeanmarie Holmes and her husband Dale Holmes of Clarkesville, GA.; Julie Ann (Jae) Cosby, of Gulf Shores, AL; Marie Jensen and her husband Tom Jensen, of Kirkland, WA.; his beloved grandchildren, John Paul Cosby, John Burke, Kelly Burke and Kevin Stake. He was predeceased by his adopted son, James Delehanty.

Paul was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Sicilian parents, Pietro Traina and Maria Panepinto, on March 8th of 1934. He attended public grade school in the Bronx, Manhattan Prep and Manhattan College where he graduated with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering in 1955. He later received a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. Paul married his childhood sweetheart Mary Ann Delehanty in 1955 and immediately received a commission in the US Public Health Service. His assignments took he and Mary Ann to Washington, D.C., Camp Mercury, Nevada (where he observed and monitored radioactive fallout from atomic bomb testing - an experience that stayed with him the rest of his life); Topeka, Kansas; Dallas, Texas and in 1959 to the Atlanta Regional Office of the USPHS. In 1985, Paul retired from Federal service after a 30 year career that included receiving EPA's Equal Employment Award and recognition in WHO's WHO in government.

Paul and Mary Ann were always very active in the Catholic Church. After their retirements, they became members of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and began 10 years of service at the St. Francis Table where they served Atlanta's hungry. Lovingly called "Poppa", he was cherished by his family and friends, inviting all to participate in his annual Christian Seder that has been celebrated for over 50 years. Paul's passions also included travel and music, but most importantly, the need to help others.

Visitation is Friday, July 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Floral Hills Memory Gardens (Dignity Funeral Home), 3150 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 pm at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Immediately following, Interment at Floral Hills Memory Gardens, 3000 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either St. Francis Table, care of Immaculate Conception Church, or to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 760 Pollard Blvd , SW, Atlanta, 30315.


  • Visitation Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 19, 2014

Paul J. Traina

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July 22, 2015

Hard to believe a year has passed since you've been gone. Part of you is with us always and we know that part of us is with you. Although it seems like time is moving us apart, in truth, it is time that will ultimately bring us together once more. We all miss you terribly. Peace be with you.


Eleanor Frappollo

July 19, 2015

Think of you every day. Pray for you even though I know that you are an angel in heaven now with your mom and dad and mine too. You were the brother I never had I love you and miss you and treasure the memories of you and MaryAnn and the family times we had forever cuz.

January 26, 2015

I love you Poppa. I miss you terribly. I look for you in your usual chair at the St. Francis Table and even though you are not in your chair, I still see you there. Watching over me. Watching over us. I hold you in my heart and on my mind always until we are reunited. The Son will raise us up. The Son will raise us up.

Linda Yanchuck

August 10, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss! I haven't seen you for a long time but think of you often. Love you & will keep you in my prayers!

July 30, 2014

Maryann and Family
As a child cousin Pauley and his parents were a constant in our family. My father and his father came to America together. As adults Pauley shared with us a rich history of both our families. He was a very warm man and such fun to listen to. So sorry for his passing. Cousin Linda Traina Frano (Joe Traina's youngest sister)

July 24, 2014

"Good night sweet prince;
and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Paul Traina was one of the most "inner directed" people we have known and there are very few of those kind left. Because of his unshakeable moral vision and integrity, he always knew what was the right thing to do. During his EPA career, we often heard: "You can't do THAT". But, of course, he DID do THAT and countless thousands of people in the southeast are the better because of it.
And this was also characteristic of his personal life as well by his reaching out and supporting individuals and groups in need in the most unselfish way imaginable. Over nearly forty eight years, we have witnessed very many of his and Mary Ann's actions in this regard and have marveled at such generosity of spirit. Our family has shared many happy times with Paul, Mary Ann and their family. It is very hard for all of us to accept that Paul will no longer grace us with his presence. He is and will always be sorely missed by us, in the same manner as a very close relative which we all consider him to be. Our family sends our deepest condolences to Mary Ann and family.
For what it's worth, he was one of the best skiers we have ever known. But the fascination with the Madonna must have something to do with being Italian ya think?
Requiescat in pacem, Paul and God bless and welcome you.
Pat and Tom Gallagher
Lakewood, Colorado

Alan Landers

July 21, 2014

Dear Traina Family,

Your Poppa was and always will be my Godfather. At two weeks old, fifty two years ago, he and my Godmother Mary Ann, took me to IHM to be baptized into the Catholic Faith. It was my pleasure to pray with all of you at the Mass celebration this week for the repose of his dear soul. May all of you find comfort in the love he leaves for each of you to share unafraid.

Angela Leuthardt

July 21, 2014

Dear Mary Ann and family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Paul. Paul was my mother; Eleanor Panepinto Gatto Ingoglia's first cousin. My Mom passed last year. I do not ever remember meeting your Paul but I do have great memories of this parents; Aunt Mary and Uncle Pete. They were such great people and I am sure when they raised Paul all of their wisdom and love formed the man you all loved. Sincerely Angela Gatto Leuthardt, Highland Village, TX

Cathy Sand

July 20, 2014

Marie, sending love and hugs. My condolences to you and your family. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.

Dick Hand

July 20, 2014

Paul was a great friend and will be missed.