Grandmaster Elton Trower

Hearts are breaking at No Limits and across the Eastern Shore as the word travels that Grandmaster Elton Trower, of Cape Charles and Wilsonia Neck, has passed away.

Grandmaster Elton Trower and his daughter Felicia, December 2014
Grandmaster Elton Trower and his daughter Felicia, December 2014

The community of Eastern Shore survivors of brain injury and their friends and families have been blessed to have been the beneficiaries of Elton’s amazing hands and even more amazing soul and energy for over two decades. He was a friend to the brain injury survivors of the Eastern Shore when almost no one else was – as one No Limits member, Matthew, describes it, “Elton is the best friend I’ve ever had.”

If you google Elton Trower you will find countless stories and videos of his stunning martial arts achievements. What they don’t usually say is how those same hands that broke the boards and pierced the cans came every Thursday to No Limits Eastern Shore, to massage the weary shoulders of brain injury survivors and their friends, and to coax movement back into damaged nerves and muscles.

His radiant energy filled the room as soon as he entered it. He literally gave off heat. Elton Trower was at once the strongest and the gentlest man we have ever known and we can’t believe his laughter will no longer lift us up each week. This loss is simply indescribable and incomprehensible and yet we were just a small part of Grandmaster Elton Trower’s full and busy world. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with his beloved family and special friends.

Sensei Trower, May 2015
Sensei Trower, May 2015

We fully understand why God would want to call Elton Trower home. We just don’t understand how we are supposed to manage without him. Rest in peace, Sensei. You will live on forever in our hearts.

Elton with a card from Matthew
Elton with a card from Matthew: The Eye of the Tiger!!
Brandon, Elton and Matthew, Christmas party 2014
Brandon, Elton and Matthew, Christmas party day 2014

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No Limits Eastern Shore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of survivors of brain injury on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia. In September 2012 we were awarded a contract by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to operate the No Limits day program in Onancock, VA.

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  1. Grand Master Elton Trower was loved by all! He touched my heart and I counted him as a great friend. I attended his funeral over the weekend with complete sadness. We drove from Indiana (20 miles from Chicago) just to pay our respects to such a great man. Rest in peace.

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