David R. Traynor

David R. Traynor - Rochester Cremation

Gates, NY:  February 23, 2023 at age 76.

David is predeceased by his parents, Gerald and Beatrice Traynor and siblings: Laurel MacDowell, Brenda Traynor, Gary Traynor, and Tim Traynor.

He is survived by his children, James Traynor and Carol (Carl) Kamph, his grandchildren Andi and Dale Kamph; as well as his siblings: Anita (John) Ward, Claudia Callahan, Sandra Chamberlain, John Traynor, Penny (Tom) Achille, and Joe (Alice) Traynor; numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

David was a man of many talents and interests. He excelled on the wrestling teams at Rush Henrietta Senior High School and SUNY Brockport and continued to follow the sport the rest of his life. He was an avid chess player and longtime member of the Rochester Chess Club. He was a story(and joke)teller, stargazer, spiritual seeker, and possessed a beautiful singing voice if you were lucky enough to hear it.

After graduating from RH in 1964, he enlisted in the United States Army, served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1970. He worked for Zacruth and Sears in appliance repair and delivered food to families in need for the Rush Henrietta Area Food Terminal before retiring.

David wished for family and friends to hold a memorial gathering, to be scheduled this Spring.

Please send donations to The Rochester Chess Club or FISH/RHAFT INC to honor David if you wish.

6 Condolences

  1. Sandra Chamberlain on February 28, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    In the last few years of Davids life he was devoted to writing a book about the perfection of our creator. With his mathematical mind it was a unique perspective relating mathematics to his understanding to how the universe was perfectly designed. His devotion and enthusiasm inspired him to learn endless new ways of knowing our lord.

  2. Penny Traynor Achille on March 1, 2023 at 8:22 pm


    The stars you once had in your eyes are not lost. The sky borrowed them the first time they saw you shine. It’s lighting the universe and holding your light like a promise that not even the darkness can break. As I walked tonight, I looked up to see Jupiter and Venus next to each another, shining so brightly and I could hear you explain to me their relationship and how frequently they would be in this close a proximity and I smiled. I will never look at the heavens again in quite the same way without remembering the simple significance of your being and I know you will always remain within my heart. I promise you that. Rest easy my beloved brother till I see you again.


  3. John Coiro on March 9, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    David was a simple man. David was an immensely complex man! He knew the diameter and circumference of the earth like most people know the alphabet. And he knew what they mean. David is immensely missed by me.

  4. Mary on March 14, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    David was such a wonderful man. Those who had him in their lives were blessed. He was kind, loving, spiritual, and will be greatly missed. Family and friends were so lucky to have him in our lives. May God Bless Him and have Him in heaven.

  5. Carol Kamph on March 17, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Thank you to everyone who has reached out since dad’s passing. Your words and memories are appreciated. I must make one correction to the obit, that he was a member of the Rochester Chess Center (not Club). There have been some wonderful donations in his name that ended up going to the Rochester Chess Club in Rochester, Minnesota! Luckily the lovely people there made the connection and sent the money back to: The Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610. The Center also shared a wonderful card of condolences and memories from their members and his chess books, dvds and equipment were donated there per his wishes.

  6. Lisa Angelo on April 22, 2023 at 10:06 am

    I was introduced to David sometime around 2004 by my friend Sandra (his sister). I found him to be a very interesting, intelligent, polite, kind and honorable person. Always a gentleman. He lived elegantly yet simply, ready at any time for a lively intellectual discussion. Several years ago I had the pleasure of attending a lecture that David gave on research he had done regarding sacred geometry on earth, in relationship to our solar system, and its connection to the Christ. I found it fascinating and was impressed with the amount of work, time, earnestness, and contemplation he had devoted to what he was sharing. During my last visit to the United States we met again and he helped me with some work I wanted done on a van I was converting; then he donated some money to my cause! This was during the pandemic’s high and sudden inflation and it both helped and touched me deeply. David, you are being missed and I hope that our friendship will continue on the other side. God Bless you.

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