Dr Alfred Agostino Trinca was born on the 27th of August, 1941 in Windsor, Ontario. He was the 4th of 6 children born to Agostino and Maria (Quagliotto) Trinca. His siblings include, Tina, Angelina, Louis, Rita & John. He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and Assumption High School in Windsor. Dr Trinca graduated from the University of Windsor in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1969 and he interned at St Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario.
Dr Trinca married Cheryl Margaret Rose Kawaja on the 1st of June 1968, in Ottawa. She was the youngest daughter of John & Mary (MacDonald) Kawaja. Her siblings are Donald, Myrna, Darryl & George. When Mrs. Trinca met her husband she was working as a nurse at the Ottawa General Hospital. They have 4 children; Jennifer, twins Michael & David and Brendan.
In January of 1971 Dr. Trinca took over the medical practice of Mrs. Trinca’s 2nd cousin, Dr Austin MacDonald. Dr. Trinca provided “cradle to grave” care. He was a member of both the Kent County Pain and Symptom Management Team and the Chatham Kent Specialized Geriatric Services. Dr. Trinca and Dr. Wayne Asher, with the assistance of MD Management developed the Chatham Professional Building which opened on December 15th, 1977 at 857 Grand Ave West. It provided a one stop facility for patients which included a lab, x-ray, pharmacy and access to many doctors.
Dr. Trinca was appointed Chief of Staff at St Joseph’s Hospital in 1979 and held that position for 8 years. While he was Chief of Staff, both Palliative Care and Ambulatory Paediatric Services were initiated. Dr. Trinca was part of the Cat Scan Fund Raising Team for St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation from 1993-1995. (St. Joseph’s Hospital is now part of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.)
In the mid 1980’s Mrs. Trinca went back to work part time in Dr. Trinca’s family practice. Dr. and Mrs. Trinca retired in 2007.
Dr. Trinca enjoys playing golf, baseball and hockey. Dr. and Mrs. Trinca enjoy music, cycling and gardening but their passion is their family including 9 grandchildren. All of their children are now involved in education. Their daughter Jennifer is a music teacher in Wallaceburg. Michael is a teacher in Japan and David is a teacher in Chatham. Brendan is a principal at a school in Cochrane, Alberta.
A retirement reception was held for Dr. Trinca titled “A Trinca Musical Tribute” on the 11th of August, 2007, at the Pines Theatre, Ursuline College in Chatham. Dr. and Mrs. Trinca’s talented children arranged and provided the entertainment, “….an eclectic mix of Oldies, Country, Celtic, Classical and Rock”. From the ticket sales, approximately $6000.00 was raised and donated to the Chatham-Kent Geriatric Program.
*Dr. Austin MacDonald also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.