Aaron Jacob Trilling, age 88, passed away on July 6, 2019 in Burlington Twp., NJ
Aaron was born on September 11, 1930, to Samuel and Hannah (Fanny) Trilling in Atlantic City, NJ. He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and was in the Signal Corps. Upon his return, he continued his collegiate studies. He was offered to be the first chair clarinet player in the Philadelphia Orchestra, but turned it down because he wanted to be a school teacher.
As a Graduate of Temple University he followed his dream to be an educator and taught in the Philadelphia school district at the Henry W. Lawton Elementary School. In the summers’ he spent his time off camping, exploring the parks across the US and Canada with his family. Following retirement, he continued to go camping in addition to traveling all over the world as much as he was able to.
He loved classical music and attended performances regularly at the Philadelphia Orchestra in addition to the Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera and Walnut Street Theater. Many of the family gatherings would have Aaron playing on his keyboard and it wouldn’t take much for him to break out into a tune or two when you were around him. A kind, gentle, witty and humorous family man.
Aaron is survived by his wife, Ada Trilling (nee Godel); his children and grandchildren, Joel (wife Paula; granddaughter Madeline), Daniel (wife Kerry; grandchildren Sam, Hannah, Nathan & Payton) and Karen Friedman (husband Jeremy; grandchildren Max & Olivia); his step-children and grandchildren, Sara Branscome (husband Dennis; grandchildren Daniel & Nathan) and Ishai Nir (wife Kim; grandchildren Justin, Dylan & Devon); and his sister, Marcia Wesler.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Fanny; his first wife, Carol Barfield (nee Abbott); brother Alvin and sister Sandra Piwoz.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:30am followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00am at the Mount Laurel Home for Funerals 212 Ark Road Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Interment will follow at Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his memory to The Philadelphia Orchestra, (215) 893-1900, https://tickets.philorch.org/donate/#/levels/