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Terry Trono, state's attorney in Vt. county

MONTPELIER -- Terry Trono, longtime Washington County state's attorney, died Wednesday evening at his home in East Montpelier after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. He was 56.

Mr. Trono served as Washington County state's attorney for 22 years.

''He was well loved and he was somebody that even the defendants spoke highly of," said Deputy State's Attorney Tom Kelly, who worked alongside Mr. Trono since 1997. ''I think he was the best state's attorney this county has ever had."

Mr. Trono's colleagues said Wednesday that he was a skilled prosecutor who used affability and charm to defuse tense situations.

''Terry was a terrific, terrific guy. He had a tremendous sense or fairness and compassion," said Richard Rubin, a Washington County public defender who worked with Mr. Trono for more than 25 years. ''What made him a great prosecutor was that he really liked people and really cared for people."

Mr. Trono's widow called her husband a committed public official who loved his job. ''Work was so incredibly important to him. Even at the end he wanted to be there every day to be with his staff," Linda Trono said. ''He just always loved that job. You couldn't have more dedicated man.

In addition to his wife of 31 years, he leaves two daughters.

The funeral service will be Sunday.

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