Celebrating the Life of Steven Tompkins

Today the Trinity FAMILY celebrated the life of Mr. Steven Tompkins

After an extremely arduous battle with cancer, Steven Tompkins died on September 8. He graduated from Trinity in 1981 and went on to play baseball and graduate from UofL. After working in industry for a number of years he found his passion working at Trinity. He served as our Senior Development Officer, Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of the Annual Fund, was the head golf coach for four years and the head baseball coach for 12 years. In recent years he taught Spanish and was a mentor for Gonzaga House. He was asked to serve as Trinity’s Director of Sports Ministry, the first such position in Catholic high schools in the country. He was inducted into the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association (2015), was named Trinity’s Athletic Coach of the Year (2008), and the Voice-Tribune Coach of the Year in baseball (2004, 2005). He enjoyed time refereeing youth sports. He was to be inducted into the Trinity Hall of Fame this year. He leaves behind his wife, the former Missy Meagher and their children Meaghen, Mallory and Mitchell ‘16. His brothers Mark, Chris, David and Jeff are all Trinity graduates.

A reflection by Dr. Dan Zoeller, Trinity Principal

Whenever I remember Steven, I will smile and my heart will fill up. He was such a funny guy and so full of himself and life. No one I’ve ever met could quote as many moments of comedy gold as Steven. I heard these quotes when observing his classes, working a retreat with him, or in the summer playing a round of golf. Wherever we were, whatever the situation, Steven always stayed positive. As a teacher, coach, and sports minister, at Trinity he always stressed faith and character. For me, more than anything, Steven was the epitome of what it means to form true community. With his family, parish, teams, workout buddies, hallway co-teachers, referees, and Spanish classes, no one I’ve ever known was as enthusiastically connected with so many. Just being around him, we felt loved and knew how much he loved life. Just being around him, our lives were funnier and brighter. Here’s the great legacy I believe he leaves us: stay busy but not too busy to laugh and have fun. Stay busy loving your life, friends and family. No one I’ve ever known stayed as busy loving life and others as Steven. Stay busy, but always, always find time to laugh.

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