The Howard Beach grandfather who died after a final good Samaritan act had a history of helping others, family members said.
Paul Trinchese, 61, was accidentally struck by an unidentified man suffering from a violent seizure — after rushing to his aid, according to reports.
The incident occurred during a student talent show at Ave Maria Catholic Academy on February 2. The man was treated at the scene, according to reports, and Trinchese died later that night at his home on 98th Street, his family said.
“It wasn’t shocking that he went to help. He was always like that,” said his daughter Gilda Turano, 31. “He was always trying to help people however he can.”
Trinchese died of apparent cardiac arrest before emergency responders arrived. Family members said he had a history of heart problems, but he never had a heart attack and he was always vigilant in checking his health.
It was unclear whether or not the punch caused the heart attack leading to Trinchese’s death.
Trinchese, a well-known metal worker in Ozone Park, was a longtime resident of Howard Beach. He owned Trinchese Iron Works, building gates and railings for several decades.
He leaves behind a wife of 39 years, Filomena, five children and eight grandchildren — with one more on the way.
“He was a funny guy, and he was very straightforward. He told you how it is,” Turano said. “He had a lot of friends. We’re remembering his good memories and trying to be strong.”
School officials directed comment to the Diocese of Brooklyn, who did not respond as of press time, and police officials could not be reached.
Wake services were held on February 4 and 5. Trinchese was buried on Monday, February 6 at All Saints cemetery in Middle Village.