Longtime radio personality John “Trapper John” Colombo died early Saturday morning, following a battle with a rare blood disorder. He was 76. Colombo, a Pittsburgh native, hosted the popular weekly syndicated radio program “Ask Trapper John” heard on several radio stations in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Mexico. Show co-host Scott Lowe said Trapper John was beloved by his listeners. “His listeners held him in such high regard,” said Lowe. “Trapper John helped listeners with virtually any problem they had whether it was about an animal problem, gardening, hunting, woodworking, or washing machines. Whatever the problem was, he always knew how to fix that problem.” Lowe said that Trapper John cherished his listeners. “Trapper John was a principled man. A man of integrity. A man of virtue and talent who loved to share with his listeners his knowledge of solving everyday common problems. They loved him and he loved them.”
Lowe dedicated Saturday’s show to celebrate the life of Trapper John. Listeners, radio station people who knew him through his radio network and advertisers called to share their remembrances of him.
He was a unique individual. He had a big heart and loved to share what he knew with his listeners. Whether they actually met him or not, everyone considered Trapper John a close friend they could count on. Everywhere he went, people wanted to get up close and personal with him. And he wanted to get up close and personal with them. He loved getting and giving hugs. We’ve lost a true gentleman.
Trapper John lived in West Middlesex, PA and attended South Pymatuning Community Church with his wife Audrey. Cary Parsons, who attends the same church, was saddened by his friend’s passing. “He was deeply religious and sang in the choir. He had an unmistakable voice, a good voice everyone enjoyed hearing. He was a great man and will be deeply missed by everyone.”
For the next few shows, Lowe said that he would give listeners the opportunity to share their feelings about their friend. He said people can call Saturday mornings at 1 (866) 487-2773 from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. or may visit www.asktrapperjohn.com to hear the radio programs.
There will be no public viewing. A private memorial service will be held at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trapper John Memorial Fund at South Pymatuning Community Church, 3400 Tamarack Drive, Sharpsville, PA 16150.