Thomas Gerald Traynor

Thomas Gerald Traynor, 70, big band singer and arranger, died July 8 in Oxnard of a liver ailment.

Traynor got his musical start with the Bob Mitchell Boys Choir in 1935, and following a stint in the Army Air Corps during World War II, played with several big bands including those of Jan Garber, Frankie Masters, Benny Goodman and Jerry Gray.

In 1949, Traynor joined the Modernaires, the vocal group most closely associated with the civilian Glenn Miller Orchestra, which disbanded in 1942 when Miller joined the Army.

Traynor retired from the group in 1992. He continued to write and arrange until his death.

Survived by his wife, Mary, four daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren.

The Bob Mitchell Choir will sing at an 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday at the mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetary, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City.

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