Sep 28, 2014 11:10 PM

Amherst pays tribute to the late Elizabeth ‘Betsey’ Trombly

AMHERST – Betsey Trombly wasn’t much of a sports fan, and she had no qualms admitting it. Still, she was all ears when a friend and colleague in the Brookline school system gushed over the latest victory by the Boston pro sports team that was in season at the time. “One day she stopped me in the hall, and said, ‘I don’t understand much about it, but I think your Patriots won yesterday, right?’” said Brookline teacher Betsy Black, who related the anecdote that came from teacher Jane Ouellette as part of Sunday’s memorial service for Elizabeth Davis Trombly, the beloved Amherst resident and teacher who died of gunshot wounds in the tragic murder-suicide involving her older son, John Trombly, 35. Ouellette’s vignette was one of several that Black, who shared an office at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy with Trombly, shared with those who packed the Congregational Church of Amherst Sunday to pay tribute to the 69-year-old woman who grew up in the very same church, teaching Sunday School and being involved with several church groups. Those present managed a laugh when Black quoted Ouellette as recalling how Trombly tried watching a Boston Bruins game but “couldn’t keep track of that little black thing.” A social gathering followed the memorial service, which ran slightly more than an hour on a very warm early autumn afternoon. A subsequent burial service at Meadowview Cemetery was private. Trombly and her son died Sept. 14 at 1 Meadow Lane, Elizabeth Trombly’s home of about 15 years.


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