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Friends cherish Bellevue coach's legacy

Mark Trimmer's friends originally set up Sunday's fundraiser to help his wife pay the daily parking fees at the hospital, while he was treated for injuries he suffered in a car crash on Route 28.

It's grown into a large community effort to raise money for Colleen Trimmer and his three sons as they mourn the death of a man friends called a dedicated husband, father and successful Little League baseball coach who "put the kids first."

"Mark gave a lot to the community and the kids," said Kerri Rowsey of Avalon.

Trimmer, 34, of Avalon, a postal carrier, died on Monday, two weeks after the two-vehicle crash.

"We're trying to do something for his family and to celebrate the kind of person he was," said Dan Sadler, president of the Bellevue Avalon Baseball Association, in which Trimmer coached the past 10 years. "He was one of those coaches ... if a kid's parent got laid off, he'd pay the registration fee himself."

The fundraiser -- from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in Avalon Park -- will feature a DJ, a moon bounce, a bake sale, a rummage sale, a home run derby, a poker tournament, a dunk tank, face-painting and food. Donations are tax-deductible.

Trimmer was injured June 5. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in critical condition and put on life support. He was placed in hospice care last week.

Pittsburgh police said they suspect the other driver was drinking. Sgt. Dan Connolly, who supervises the collision investigations unit, said police are awaiting the results of a blood test before filing charges. Details of the crash were not available.

"This is not about the accident," Sadler said. "This is to celebrate Mark's life. I think everybody can see the profound impact he's made on our community."

Family members could not be reached for comment.

Victoria Dilliott, owner of Affogato Coffee Bar in Bellevue, plans to donate coffee or dessert to the fundraiser. She said Trimmer "was the friendliest" postal carrier to deliver to her Lincoln Avenue shop.

"I was very sad to hear what happened," she said.

Trimmer, who spent two years in the Army, is survived by his wife, Colleen; sons Mark Wilson, 18, Darion Trimmer, 14, and Anthony Trimmer, 12; parents, Mark and Joann Trimmer of Coraopolis; sisters Jennifer DiVito and Lynn Litzinger; three nieces; and five nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Nelly Vernocy and Earl and Dora Trimmer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. today in the Copeland Coraopolis Funeral Home, 867 Fifth Ave. Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Church, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors.

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